Baseball splits with Lawton, struggles in weekend tournament

Jakob Webb Three

By Kyle Salomon,

Mustang scored five runs in the fifth inning to seize control in a 7-3 victory over Lawton April 7.

Senior pitcher Austin Roberts went the distance on the mound for the Broncos, allowing three runs on four hits. The hard-throwing right-hander struck out six Lawton batters while walking three in the outing.

Sophomore outfielder Bryce West led the way in the hitting department with two singles on the day. Sophomore outfielder Skyler Fuller had a single, while sophomore infielder Cade Fulton, junior infielder Jakob Webb and Roberts each added a double in the district home win.

Mustang totaled six hits as a team in the game and committed three errors in the field.

“I thought we got off to a slow start, but we bounced back strong,” Mustang head coach Scott Selby said. “We didn’t have the intensity and focus we needed to have at the beginning of the game, but we found a way to pull the game out.”

In the first inning, the Broncos and Wolverines were scoreless as Mustang was able to fend off a Lawton scoring threat in the top half of the frame. The Broncos also threatened in the first inning with runners in scoring position, but couldn’t convert at the plate.

Lawton took its first and only lead of the game in the top of the second inning when they scratched one run across the plate against Roberts and the Mustang defense.

The score remained 1-0 in favor of the Wolverines until the Broncos tied the game with a run of their own in the bottom half of the fourth inning.

Roberts held the Lawton offense to a three-up, three-down inning in the top of the fifth before Mustang’s bats came alive, putting the game away for the Broncos. MHS took advantage of several Wolverine errors, tacking on five runs in the frame to make the score 6-1 Mustang after five.

Lawton didn’t go away without a fight as they were able to muster up two more runs against Roberts in the top of the sixth inning, but that would be all they would get against the Bronco senior.

Mustang put the nail in the Wolverines coffin with two runs in the bottom half of the sixth, making the score 7-3 heading into the final inning of the game.

Roberts held Lawton scoreless in the seventh, giving Mustang the four-run victory.

“It’s always good to get a win, especially in the district, but we need to do a better job of being ready to play when it’s time to play,” Selby said. “You can’t do that against good teams and expect to win.”

The Lawton win wasn’t the only game last week for the Bronco baseball squad. The team traveled to Lawton for game two of the district series on April 8. This time the ball didn’t bounce Mustang’s way as the Wolverines got the best of MHS 3-2.

The Broncos competed in the Stillwater/Enid tournament April 10-12, playing four games in the three-day event. Mustang took on Tulsa Union in Enid April 10 and defeated the Redskins 14-9 by scoring eight runs in the seventh inning in the comeback win.

The rest of the weekend wasn’t what MHS had in mind, however, as they fell in their next three games in the tournament. The Broncos dropped their Friday contest to Stillwater at Stillwater, 11-1. Mustang played two games on Saturday in Enid. They fell in their first game to Muskogee 13-1, and lost their final game of the event 9-4 at the hands of Putnam City North.