Griffons impove to 4-0 with lopsided win
By Jason Peake
Daily Mail Sports Editor
NEVADA -- The Nevada Griffons got the bats going in a big way, took advantage of seven St. Joseph errors and improved to 4-0 on the season with a dominating 15-2 victory over the Mustangs on Sunday night at Lyons Stadium
The contest featured last year's MINK League division champions, as Nevada won the South and St. Joe won the North.
The Griffons out-hit the Mustangs 13-4 and also capitalized on St. Joe's miscues in the field in staying perfect on the season.
Nevada improved to 3-0 in MINK League action with the lopsided win.
Playing for the third-straight night, Nevada struck first. A one-out single from Patrick Kregeloh started things off in the bottom of the second. Kregeloh was out at second on a fielder's choice, but Colton Besett was safe on the play. Besett went to second on a throwing error on the play and then came home on an RBI single from Simon Beloff, giving the Griffons a 1-0 lead.
The Griffons added to their lead in the fourth. Eric Sousanes singled, and after an out, Josh Samuelson walked. Next, the Griffons took advantage of a Mustangs error, and a run scored, making it 2-0. Besett singled to load the bases. Beloff then hit an RBI groundout to make it 3-0. An infield single by Matt Burns gave the Griffons a 4-0 cushion and Jesse Solar's flare into right made it 5-0.
In the fifth, Kregeloh lined an RBI double into the gap in right-center, scoring AJ Krist and giving Nevada a comfortable 6-0 advantage. Besett's bloop into center pushed the lead to 7-0, as Kregeloh trotted home.
Sousanes hit a sac fly in the sixth, scoring Burns, and giving the hosts an 8-0 lead. Two more runs scored on an error for a 10-0 score.
The Mustangs finally got on the board in the seventh when Jake Kretzer's single, combined with a Griffons error, allowed two runs to score.
The Griffons tacked on another run in the bottom half against Fort Scott Community College's Brent Mason, as MJ Sartin doubled and later scored on an error.
The Griffons weren't done. Another error by St. Joe allowed two more runs to score, making it 13-2. Yet another error on St. Joseph, the team's sixth, allowed Sousanes to score for a 14-2 lead. By the time the inning ended, Nevada pushed four runs across on just one hit.
Solar's RBI single accounted for the 15th run for the Griffons, and came in the eighth.
Lefty Joey Barrack started on the mound for the Griffons and threw four scoreless innings before being replaced by right-hander Parker McDaniel.
Kody McFarland took over in the sixth. Laurent Zenoni pitched the eighth and Ron Johnson threw the ninth. McFarland was the winning pitcher. The 6-foot-8 right-hander from Belleuvue University struck out five in two innings, and allowed just one hit.
Sousanes, Krist, Kregeloh, Solar and Besett had two hits apiece for Nevada.
Griffons Coach Ryan Mansfield was unavailable for comment after the win.
The week ahead
The Griffons hit the road tonight for a date at Sedalia. The team is back home on Wednesday night against Ozark at 7 p.m. The Griffons then travel to St. Joe on Thursday and Saturday nights before a home date on Sunday vs. St. Joe.
Notes: The St. Joseph Mustangs have a couple of MLB connections, as Cory Segui is the son of David Segui, who played 15 seasons with several teams in the majors. Also, Jordan Hurtt is the step-son of former Kansas City Royal great Frank White.
Griffons 15, Mustangs 2
MUS 000 000 200 -- 2 4 7
GRI 010 423 41x -- 15 13 3
WP: McFarland. LP: Baker.
Griffons hitting leaders
2B -- Kregeloh, Sartin. RBI--Sousanes, Kregeloh, Besett, Beloff, Solar 2. LOB -- 6.
Parrack -- 4IP, 1H, 0R, 4BB, 5K.
McDaniel -- 1IP, 2H, 0R, 0BB, 0K.
McFarland --W, 2IP, 1H, 2R, 1BB, 5K.
Zenoni -- 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K.
Johnson -- 1IP, 0H, 0R, 0BB, 1K.