Baseball throttles U.S. Grant, drops opener to PC North
By Kyle Salomon,
Freshman catcher Joey Pena hit a two-run home run in the first inning in Mustang’s 17-0 blowout win against U.S. Grant Monday afternoon.
The Bronco baseball team improved to 1-1 on the young season with a four-inning 17-0 run-rule at home against the Generals of U.S. Grant.
“It was good to get a win under our belt,” Mustang head coach Scott Selby said. “In a game like this, the first two innings are important. We wanted to come out and take control of the game right away. It was good for our guys to get a win like this.”
Sophomore right-hander Cade Fulton got the start on the mound for Mustang. Fulton pitched the first three innings of the game, allowing just two base runners in his first outing of the season.
Junior Jeremy Bieber came in relief of Fulton in the fourth inning and allowed no runners in a three-up three-down frame.
Pena got the scoring barrage started for the Broncos with a two-run bomb over the left-field fence in the first inning. Mustang scored two runs in the first inning, but hung nine runs on the Generals in the second inning to grab control of the game.
Senior Austin Roberts went 3-3 on the day and drove in six of the 17 Bronco runs.
Mustang drops opener to PC North
In Mustang’s regular season debut against Putnam City North last Friday, the Broncos dropped an extra-innings nail-biter to the Panthers 6-5. Roberts got the start on the mound.
Mustang jumped out to an early lead, but saw it evaporate quickly as PC North’s bats came alive in the middle innings.
The story of the game was errors for the Broncos. Mustang committed six errors, allowing the Panthers to crawl back in the game.
“We made way too many errors to win that game,” Selby said. “You can’t make that many errors and expect to win a baseball game. That was the most disappointing thing about that loss. We need to be a lot more consistent in the other areas of the game, but making errors like that is unacceptable.”
Bronco pitchers gave up two walks to lead off the eighth inning, which led to a Putnam City North run being scored.
Mustang couldn’t answer back in the bottom half of the inning, ending the contest.
The Broncos took on U.S. Grant again on Tuesday on the road, and return home at 4:30 p.m. Friday for a game against Edmond North.