Baseball team sweeps Moore; goes 2-2 in Duncan tourney
By Kyle Salomon
Mustang’s bats came alive in the March 31 district home game against Moore as the Broncos hammered the Lions 11-2 behind a complete game pitching performance from senior Austin Roberts.
Roberts went the distance on the hill for Mustang, striking eight Moore batters and allowing six hits in the outing.
The Broncos took control of the game early and never let the Lions have any room to breathe.
“I thought we played with some consistency against Moore,” Mustang head coach Scott Selby said. “We put it all together in every phase of the game. We pitched well, we hit well and we fielded well. We were able to be aggressive and play our game offensively because we got guys on base.”
In the first inning, Roberts mowed through Moore’s first three batters before Mustang’s offense took over.
Sophomore Skylar Fuller led off the bottom half of the first inning with a single and then stole second base to give the Broncos a scoring threat early in the contest. Sophomore John Madison took advantage of the opportunity and drove Fuller in to score on an RBI single. That would be all Mustang would score in the first inning, taking a 1-0 lead into the second inning.
Roberts remained dominant for the Broncos on the bump in the second frame as he again went three-up and three-down against the Moore hitters.
Freshman catcher Bobby Covalt was hit by a pitch to start the inning off offensively for Mustang. Sophomore Bryce West pinch-ran for Covalt. West advanced to third with less than two outs, and a ground ball fielder’s choice by Moore allowed West to score, making the score 2-0 Broncos after two innings.
Roberts stayed perfect through the third inning as he again sliced through the Lions batters one, two, three, making it nine batters up and nine batters down for the senior right-hander.
Mustang’s offense was silent in the third inning as it failed to put another run across the plate, leading 2-0 heading into the fourth inning.
Roberts’ perfect game came to an end in the top of the fourth inning as he gave up a triple to the second Moore hitter in the frame. The Lions would scratch one run across in the inning, cutting the Mustang lead to 2-1.
The Bronco offense responded with a powerful five-run punch to Moore’s gut, all but taking the wind out of the Lions’ sails.
Fuller started the scoring barrage with an RBI ground-out, scoring senior Logan Reed. Roberts then helped his cause on the mound with a two-RBI single that scored Fuller and junior Jakob Webb. Covalt then tacked on the two final runs of the inning with a two-RBI single, scoring Roberts and senior Tyler Goble.
Mustang led Moore 7-1 after four innings.
- ·The Lions were able to squeak one more run across the board in the fifth inning, but the Bronco bats stayed loud as they scored four more runs in the contest to give them the nine-run district victory at home.
- ·“I like this young group we have,” Selby said. “We are growing as a team right now. Sometimes it is frustrating, but there is a lot of growth happening with these guys right now.”
- ·The March 31 contest against Moore wasn’t the only game of the week for Mustang. The Broncos traveled to Moore April 1 to complete the two-game series against the Lions. Mustang completed the sweep, but the second game was closer as the Broncos took it 3-2.
- ·Mustang competed in the three-day Duncan tournament April 3-5. The Broncos played four games, winning two and losing two. MHS won its first game of the event April 3, defeating Fletcher 11-1. Mustang played again that night and fell to tournament host Duncan 8-0.
- ·On the second day of the tournament, the Broncos played Washington, winning 8-3, and the Broncos fell 10-0 to Sterling last Saturday, completing their appearances in Duncan.
- ·The Broncos were sitting at 11-8 overall heading into this week. They hosted Lawton on Monday and then traveled down to Lawton Tuesday to complete the two-game series. Mustang opens play at 6 p.m. today in the Stillwater/Enid tournament. The Broncos take on Tulsa Union tonight in Enid, then Stillwater at 2 p.m. Friday in Stillwater. MHS takes on Yukon at noon Saturday in Enid and will finish the tournament at 2 p.m. against Muskogee.
- ·“We know the Stillwater/Enid tournament is going to be a tough one,” Selby said. “We are going to face some good teams. Hopefully, we can go up there and play our game and compete at a high level.”