Baseball team falls twice over spring break
By Kyle Salomon,
Mustang baseball dropped two games last weekend to fall to 3-3 on the young season.
The Broncos went up against one of the top teams in the state of Kansas last Friday night at Edmond Memorial in Olathe South from Olathe, Kan., just outside of Kansas City. Mustang fell 11-3 in the contest.
On Saturday, the Broncos traveled to Guthrie High School to go up against Guthrie. Mustang lost that game 7-3.
“We just didn’t play well enough in either game to win,” Mustang head coach Scott Selby said. “We aren’t a team that has a lot of margin of error, so when we make mistakes, we will struggle.”
In the Olathe South game, Selby went with senior Austin Roberts on the mound. A week before, Roberts went the distance for MHS against Edmond North and got the win, so Selby said he felt confident about sending the big right-hander to the hill.
The Olathe crew gave Roberts fits all game as they peppered the Bronco defense with gap shots to the wall in the outfield and hard-hit balls throughout the game.
Mustang’s offense was stagnant as well as Olathe South’s No.1 starting pitcher shut down the MHS batters for the majority of the game.
Olathe South was able to cruise to the eight-run win.
“They threw their No.1 pitcher at us and he was pretty tough,” Selby said. “We made too many errors to let us stay in the game.”
Against Guthrie, Selby decided to go with sophomore Brent Stephens on the mound for Mustang. Stephens struggled mightily in the first inning before eventually giving way to fellow sophomore Cade Fulton in the same inning.
Fulton held Guthrie at bay for several innings before they broke away with several runs to extend the lead against the Broncos.
Mustang’s offense again struggled to get runners on base, which made it difficult for Selby and the MHS coaching staff to be aggressive on the base paths. Guthrie was able to hold the Broncos for a four-run victory.
“Our offense just isn’t giving us the opportunities to do what we want to do right now,” Selby said. “We want to be able to be aggressive on the bases and bunt, but you have to have base runners in order to do that, and right now we aren’t getting it done.”
Mustang took on district foe Edmond Santa Fe Monday and Tuesday in district battles with the Timberwolves. The Broncos travel to the Tulsa area this weekend to compete in the Broken Arrow/Jenks Tournament.
Mustang will take on Broken Arrow at BA High School today. They will play Edmond Santa Fe for the third time this week and Jenks on Friday at Jenks High School. MHS will finish up the three-day tournament with an early-morning game against Tulsa Memorial at Jenks Saturday.
“We are going to have to play really well in that tournament,” Selby said. “We are going to see some really tough competition. Hopefully, we can go up there and play well.”