JOPLIN — The Joplin Outlaws broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning Monday night against the St. Joseph Mustangs in the Joplin Athletic Complex.
In the process, the Outlaws ended their four-game losing streak and evened their record to 5-5 on the season.

JOPLIN — The Joplin Outlaws broke a scoreless tie in the ninth inning Monday night against the St. Joseph Mustangs in the Joplin Athletic Complex.
In the process, the Outlaws ended their four-game losing streak and evened their record to 5-5 on the season.
Outlaws second baseman J.C. Santos led off the ninth with a single, Mason Brown sacrificed him into scoring position and Santos would score on Drew Tipton's two-out single, a hit that turned out to be lucky No. 7 for the Outlaws.
Outlaws catcher Brown, who plays collegiately at Emporia State, proved to be the game's most outstanding defensive player, throwing out three different Mustang potential base stealers on the night, two at second and one at third. In close games of this nature, plays like those are pivotal.
Joplin starter Tyrus Lopez (Arkansas Pine-Bluff) and reliever Brandon Saddler (Missouri Southern) combined on a five-hit shutout and Saddler earned the win for two innings of scoreless relief.
Lopez surrendered four hits and one walk over seven innings, and helped himself out with four strikeouts.
Joplin continues its 10-game home stretch at 7 p.m. tonight against Branson. The Outlaws finish their week with games Wednesday against Ozark, Friday against Nevada and Saturday against Sedalia.
The Outlaws' losing streak, all on the road, was extended to four games with a pair of losses to Sedalia on Sunday, 6-3 and 6-0, at Liberty Park Stadium.
In the 6-3 loss, the Outlaws started out strong with a 3-0 lead behind three runs in the first, but Sedalia responded with two in the first, one in the second and two in the third, and then added on an insurance run in the sixth.
The Outlaws did all their damage with two outs in the first, after Tipton struck out swinging and Sam Vega struck out looking to start the game. Brandon Pugh singled, Tarran Beasley walked and John Fleek singled to load the bases. Brown worked a bases loaded walk and Brandon Schlichtig hit a two-run single for a 3-0 lead.
The Outlaws collected nearly half of their eight hits in the first inning or at least 37.5 percent.
In the second game, Joplin came nowhere near eight hits, as the Outlaws managed only two hits, singles by Tipton and Santos, against Sedalia's three-headed pitching monster of Ty Shoaff, Tyler Hutchison and Konnor Eck.
Former Crowder pitcher Jonah Patten took the loss, allowing three runs on three hits and five walks over three innings. Patten managed four strikeouts.
The Bombers scored three runs in the third and the sixth.