Baseball turns up heat

Austin Roberts Two

By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang senior Austin Roberts went the distance on the mound, striking out seven in a 6-2 victory over Edmond Santa Fe.

The Broncos baseball team took down the Timberwolves March 25 at home, one day after falling 7-0 to Santa Fe on the road.

Roberts pitched all seven innings in the game. The senior right-hander allowed five hits and walked just one Santa Fe batter in the outing.

Roberts held the T-Wolves scoreless for the first six innings of the game before allowing a two-run home run over the right-field wall in the top of the seventh.

“Austin pitched really well for us against Santa Fe,” Mustang head coach Scott Selby said. “He was locating his fastball really well, and changing speeds. We need him to pitch that way every time he takes the mound for us this season.”

Mustang scored one run in the first inning when senior Tyler Goble knocked in junior Jakob Webb on an RBI-double.

After a scoreless second inning from both teams, Mustang tallied three more runs on the board in the third. Roberts drove in freshman Joey Pena on an RBI-double and sophomore Jake Deneen drove in the other two runs on a two-RBI-double, scoring Roberts and Goble.

The Broncos added two more runs in the fourth inning when Pena and Roberts each had RBI ground-outs. Pena scored senior Lane Driskill and Roberts scored sophomore Skyler Fuller.

Neither team scored again until the seventh inning when Santa Fe knocked a two-run dinger to make the final difference four runs in Mustang’s favor.

The Broncos finished the game with seven hits and two errors.

“I thought we played a pretty clean game,” Selby said. “I thought we hit the ball hard all day and we were able to be aggressive on the base paths. I thought we were pretty solid defensively as well. We didn’t make many errors, which is the way we have to play in order to win ball games.”

The March 25 game against Santa Fe was not the only game last week for Mustang. The Broncos took on the T-Wolves March 24 at Santa Fe. MHS fell in that game 7-0.

Mustang competed in the Tiger/Trojan Classic March 27-29 at Broken Arrow and Jenks.

The Broncos played five games in the three-day event, going 3-2. Mustang fell to Broken Arrow 10-2, after leading the Tigers after three innings.

Mustang took on Santa Fe for the third time in less than a week last Friday at Jenks, defeating the Timberwolves 11-3. The Broncos returned to action later that day against the No.1 Trojans and were tied 1-1 through five innings, but eventually fell to Jenks 6-1.

Last Saturday, Mustang took on the two Memorials from the state. They first played Edmond Memorial at Jenks, defeating the Bulldogs 7-4. Their final game of the tournament was against Tulsa Memorial at Jenks, defeating the Chargers 8-4.

“I thought for the most part we played pretty well in that tournament,” Selby said. “Winning three games considering the level of competition we faced is a good accomplishment. We had the No.1 and No.2 teams in the state on the ropes for most of the games, before they pulled away late.”

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