St Louis, Mo. - Central Baptist got an important AMC win today at Spartan Field in St. Louis, Mo. as the Mustangs downed Missouri Baptist University in 12 innings, 4-3.
In keeping with the young series between these teams, the game saw a seesaw battle until the end. Last year the Spartans won the series at home, and the Mustangs won twice to take the AMC Tournament Championship.
Ben Madison (SO/Benton, AR) had another big day on the mound keeping the Spartan batters away in seven innings of work. Madison had 10 strike outs, seven walks and two run on four hits.
MBU took an early lead in the first 1-0 and it was not until the fourth inning that CBC tied it up. Monterio May (SR/Helican, AL) reached on a bunt and stole second. Santez Richardson (SR/Donalsonville, GA) single to move May to third. L'Donta Howard (SO/Foreman, AR) singled to bring in May and give CBC the lead. CBC added a run in the fifth to lead 2-1.
The Spartans got on the board in the bottom of the eighth when Drew Kitson got on with an infield single and after CBC errors and a walk, scored to tie it up 2 all. No one could crack the code as the game went to the 12th inning.
For the third time this young season Santez Richardson delivered after his teammates put him in a position to be the hero. Deshun Hampton (FR/Little Rock, AR) singled to left to get the inning started. Jesse Grace (SR/Mayflower, AR) came in to pinch run. Jalin Lawson (SR/Troy, AL) singled and Monterio May was hit by a pitch to load the bases. Richardson's single to left field scored Grace and Lawson to provide the final Margin. CBC's Cole Johnson (SR/Fordyce, AR) and Jose Delmar (JR/Maracaibo, Venezuela) came in to pitch the final innings and shut down the Spartans.
GAME ONE (4-3) by the numbers:
- Santez Richardson went 2-6, 2 RBI
- L'Donta Howard went 1-5, 1 RBI
- Monterio May went 1-4, 1 R
- Cole Johnson picked up the win with two strikeouts in one inning of work
- Jose Delmar got the save allowing one run on one hit and striking out two
UP NEXT: The Mustangs will be at Harris-Stowe State University March 10-11 with a single game on Friday starting at 1:00 pm and the Saturday doubleheader stating at noon.
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