The Mustangs long successful 2010 campaign came to an end just a few games short of a NBC World Series Championship as they lost their quarterfinal elimination game Wednesday 8-5 to the Denver Cougars.
The Mustangs led 5-2 after five innings and 5-4 entering the ninth, but four runs by the Cougars in the top of the ninth created a three-run hole for St. Joe that proved to be too much to overcome.
Mustangs had a chance to build their lead, if not put the game away, in the eighth with bases loaded and two outs, but Greg Noble's fly out to left field ended the Mustangs' scoring opportunity.
After falling behind 2-0, the Mustangs answered in the third with two runs of their own on a two-RBI double by third baseman Brent Seifert. Seifert struck again in the fifth inning with a two-RBI homer to score himself and Johnny Coy. Seifert also managed to reach base in the critical ninth inning on a base hit before a chopper to short stop Brycen Bell ended the Mustangs run for the crown.
Seifert finished with four RBIs and a run on three hits. Ben Baker also managed three hits on four at-bats, as eight Mustangs registered a hit, and had 13 hits as a team.
Mike Parker took the loss for the Mustangs and Reese McGraw picked up the win for the Cougars who will advance to the semi-finals.
Mustangs' starter Trent Kohlstaedt pitched six innings, gave up three runs and struck out four.