(ST. JOSEPH, Mo.) On the verge of being no-hit by Chillicothe pitcher Cole Isom, and potentially being swept in Saturday's doubleheader, the St. Joseph Mustang hitters came through when it mattered most.
Backup catcher Josh Baker led off the bottom of the sixth inning with a single to rightfield. Three batters later with runners on the corners, Mark Robinette hit a potential double-play ball up the middle that Mudcat shortstop Ryan Busch could not handle. That allowed Baker to score the go-ahead run.
The unearned run was the only of the game handing the Mustangs (22-9 MINK) a 1-0 win.
St. Joseph starting pitcher Stanten Jones threw five and a third scoreless innings, allowing just two hits and two walks while striking out three. Jones did not figure into the decision.
Phillip Wilson got the win after retiring two batters in the top of the sixth in relief of Jones.
Chris Green pitched a perfect seventh inning for his second save against the MINK League.
Shortstop Tim Caputo was the only other Mustang with a hit off Isom. It came after a sacrifice bunt from Maxime Lefevre advancing Baker to second base.
Chillicothe was not kept quiet in the first game of the doubleheader though.
The Mudcats got to starting pitcher Kris Koerper for three runs in the first inning, and eventually knocked him out of the game after three innings.
Chillicothe beat St. Joseph 7-3 in the early game.
Koerper allowed four runs, three earned, in just his first start of the season.
Chillicothe's Jamie Bittle got the complete game win giving up three unearned runs, and striking out 10 batters.