Mustang in the driver’s seat as regional play begins
By Kyle Salomon
A sweep of Southmoore put Mustang in the driver’s seat to host a regional next week when regional play begins across the state.
The Broncos beat Southmoore 8-2 at home April 21 on Military Appreciation Day at the Mustang High School baseball complex. They then turned around the following day and came back to beat the Sabercats 4-3 to complete the season sweep.
“We played pretty well as a team,” Mustang head coach Scott Selby said. “I thought we pitched well and played solid defense. We got some good hitting out of our offense as well, especially in the first game. We battled back in the second game and were able to get a big win.”
In the first game with Southmoore, Selby went with sophomore right-hander Cade Fulton on the mound. The tall sophomore went the distance on the bump for Mustang as Fulton held the Sabercat hitters to two runs in seven innings.
The Bronco defense was solid behind Fulton, and the bats were popping all game for MHS. Senior catcher Austin Harris was solid at the plate in the six-run victory, driving several runs for Mustang.
“Fulton did a really good job for us on the mound,” Selby said. “He is pitching really well right now. We need him to continue doing that for us down the stretch.”
In game two the next day, Selby started sophomore right-hander Brent Stephens on the mound against Southmoore. Stephens struggled in the first inning, allowing the Sabercats to jump ahead of the Broncos with several runs scored in the frame.
Stephens came out of the game after the first inning in favor of sophomore right-hander Austin O’Bannon, who finished the game on the mound for Mustang, holding Southmoore’s offense in check the remaining six innings.
Senior Austin Roberts was clutch at the plate for the Broncos. Roberts went 3-for-4 at the dish and drove in the winning runs in the late innings to give MHS the one-run win.
“We let them get ahead of us, but O’Bannon came in and did a really good job of holding them down,” Selby said. “It allowed our offense to get going and score some runs late to win the game.”
Mustang played its final two district games of the season on Monday and Tuesday with a two-game series with Yukon. The Broncos traveled north on Mustang Road to take on the Millers on Monday and then hosted Yukon on Tuesday evening.
If Mustang splits the series with the Millers, the Broncos will host a regional. If the Broncos sweep Yukon, they will host a regional as the No.1 overall seed in the district, and if they are swept they will have to travel for regional action.
“I’m confident in this group,” Selby said. “They have really impressed me with their work ethic and drive to get better every day we take the field. Having a great chance to host a regional is a great accomplishment for these guys with how young most of them are.”
The Broncos close out the regular season tonight and Friday night with home games against Western Heights and Norman North. Mustang takes on Western Heights at 7 p.m. tonight on senior night and Norman North at 7 p.m. Friday in the final game of the season before regionals start next week.