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St. Joe Mustangs review: game #2 5/27/11   Leave a comment

The Mustangs played host to their second consecutive non-conference team on Friday night. This time it was the North Kansas City Apartments coming to Phil Welch stadium. Another strong pitching performance was turned in by the Mustangs for the second straight night. The Mustangs took the game 8-3 to improve their young season’s record to 2-0.  It was Cody Cunningham pitching 6 innings while only allowing 1 run on 4 hits. He also struck out 5 while walking 1 and hitting three batters. Overall, another great starting pitching performance from the Mustangs. If the pitching continues on this pace the team could win a lot of games this year.

The night belonged to new first baseman Kris Koerper though. On the night where he would turn 23, he would get serenaded by a crowd of about 800 people singing “Happy Birthday” lead by Mustangs General Manager Rick Muntean. Koerper would finish his night 2-5 with a rocket single in his first at bat of the day and a towering 3-run home run in the 5th inning that broke the game open. His home run was a high shot the other way that the outfielder misjudged but the ball sailed out of the park in the left field corner anyway.

Kris Koerper and teammates celebrate after Koerper's 3-run home run

Kris Koerper and teammates celebrate after Koerper's 3-run home run, the long ball made the score 6-0.

Koerper’s home run seemed to break the spirit of the visiting team as they would go on lose the game 8-3. The defensive play of the night came from an unexpected source; catcher TJ Daily. Daily got the start in right field and made a fantastic throw to second base in the 3rd inning to cut down NKC’s leadoff man TJ Brewer trying to stretch a hit into a double. Daily also had a great day at the plate reaching base all four times he came up with 2 walks and 2 singles. The Mustangs only have four outfielders listed on their roster officially but tonight had both Ben Baker in left(listed as a pitcher) and TJ Daily in right(listed as a catcher) playing.

Daily and Koerper both hit the ball very well but another player that impressed me was Mark Robinette. Robinette has played third base both games this season. Robinette is new to the team this year but has done well at the plate going 1-4 with a RBI on opening night getting and robbed by a great defensive play once. He would be 2-5 in the second game with a double but has hit the ball hard consistently and played very good defense as well.

So far two games and two wins for the Mustangs, they take the field on Saturday the 28th against Regal Plastics.

Posted May 28, 2011 by VocalsOnTop in St. Joe Mustangs

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St. Joe Mustangs game #1 review 5/26/11   5 comments

As a huge baseball fan and a resident of St. Joseph, MO it is only natural that I would follow the St. Joe Mustangs closely. They are an unaffiliated college level wood bat league. The Mustangs are made up of mostly local college baseball players participating in this summer league. They play at historic Phil Welch Stadium where several Hall of Fame baseball players have passed through over the years. This is the Mustangs third season as a franchise, last year they took a run deep into the postseason tournament before taking 4th place.

A shot of the St. Joe Mustangs playing at Phil Welch Stadium from 2010.

A shot of the St. Joe Mustangs playing at Phil Welch Stadium from 2010.

Gone are the two local favorites from the last two seasons, Johnny Coy and Ryan Hook. Back are two other great holdovers for the team, pitcher Adam Maddox and infielder Brent Seifert. The Mustangs had a huge roster turnover this off-season so there are many new faces in St. Joseph.

Tonight was the first game (5/26/11) a non-conference game against UMB. The Mustangs started with a solid win by blanking UMB 3-0. The most credit for the game belongs to left-handed starting pitcher Andrew Polly who looked dominant. Polly tossed 7 shutout innings while allowing no runs and just 3 hits. He also walked 2 and struck out 5.

The offense was sparse in the game. The Mustangs were only able to get 5 hits but it was enough to get 3 runs along with 6 walks and an error that led to a run. The only extra base hit of the day was a 6th inning double by Alex Heidman. Heidman scored on a sacrifice fly by the game’s offensive star, DH, Landinn Eckhardt. Eckhardt went 1-3 with a perfect bunt down the third base line for a hit. His 2 RBI would come in productive at-bats where he made an out, the aforementioned sacrifice fly and a fielders choice.

The big guns were on hold for the Mustangs tonight, both Maddox and Seifert did not play in the non-conference game. I will try to post several reviews this year of this local team. It is hard to access information on the team through limited local media outlets so I hope some local fans will follow the site to get a summary of hopefully most home games.