By Richard Polen
Globe Sports Writer
Kris Koorper singled in the tying run and Kyle Simpson drove in the go-ahead run with a sacrifice fly in the seventh inning as the St. Joseph Mustangs defeated the Joplin Outlaws 8-5 in a MINK League game Tuesday night at Joe Becker Stadium.
The Mustangs won the three-game series two games to one. The Outlaws will remain at home and face the Sedalia Bombers at 7 p.m. today.
“We swung it well. We didn’t come out and respond like we should have,” said Outlaws head coach Rob Vessell. “We have St. Joseph past us, so now we can get on with the rest of the league.”
Trailing 4-1, the Outlaws tied the score on Kyle Dickens’ three-run home run to left field in the third inning. Koby Chadick, who was 4-for-4, reached on an infield single and Zac Stewart was hit by a pitch before Dickens’ blast tied the game.
The Outlaws took a 5-4 lead in the fifth inning when Chadick grounded a single into left field, moved to second on a fielder’s choice and scored on two wild pitches.
After the Mustangs scored twice in the top of the seventh for a 6-5 lead, they brought in right-hander Jace Anderson, who allowed one hit, no walks and struck out five over the last three innings.
“I had another good one early in the year,” said Anderson, who pitched in relief as a senior at Northwest Missouri State last spring. “It felt good to be back out there again.
“It’s a great league to play in, very competitive,” he said. “It’s good competition every night. It’s a lot of fun.”
The Mustangs scored three runs in the first inning and added another run in the second inning against Outlaws starter Adam Bax.
Simpson, who played second base and batted .379 for Missouri Western last spring, had a two-run single in the first inning, and third baseman Connor Foreman’s second-inning double down the right-field line drove in Zac Johnson and gave the Mustangs a 4-1 lead.
Foreman, who was 3-for-5 with two doubles and scored two runs, was denied a four-hit night when Dickens made a diving catch of his drive to right field in the fifth inning.