Baseball ends season with two wins, prepares for regional
By Kyle Salomon,
Mustang High School’s baseball team ended its regular season last week with two home victories, sending them into regional action playing with a lot of confidence.
The Broncos defeated Western Heights on senior night May 1, 9-1 at home, and then turned around Friday evening and took down Norman North 5-4 at the Mustang baseball complex.
“It’s always good to end the season on a winning streak,” Mustang head coach Scott Selby said. “After the Yukon series, we needed something good to happen for us. Beating a good Norman North team was a good win for us to end the regular season.”
MHS ended its regular season with a 19-15 record and a third-place finish in its district behind district champion Yukon and No.2 seed Edmond Santa Fe.
The first half of the week wasn’t as kind to Mustang as the Broncos were swept in their final district series of the season by archrival Yukon.
The Millers took game one against the Broncos on April 28 in a five-inning run-run, 13-0 at Yukon, and then shut out the MHS bats once again for the 3-0 victory at Mustang April 29.
Yukon asserted its dominance over Mustang in the 12 innings they faced off against one another. The Millers held the Broncos to four total hits in the two-game series, and never allowed a Bronco base runner to reach third base safely.
MHS sophomore right-hander Cade Fulton has a solid year on the mound for Mustang in his first year of varsity baseball, but the tall sophomore struggled against the highly-ranked and offensive-potent Yukon offense.
Fulton eventually gave way to fellow sophomore right-hander Brent Stephens in the third inning. Stephens finished out the game on the bump for the Broncos in the five-inning contest.
MHS threatened in the first inning, getting a runner in scoring position at second base with one out, but the middle of the Mustang order was silent and couldn’t drive the runner home.
Bronco senior right-hander Austin Roberts got the ball on the mound for Mustang in game two against the Millers. Roberts has been the ace on the pitching staff this season for MHS as he has pitched against some of the best competition the Broncos have seen this year.
Roberts held the high-powered Miller offense in check, allowing just three runs in seven innings on the mound, but the Mustang offense remained silent as the Yukon pitching staff stifled the MHS hitters.
Mustang set for Westmoore regional
The Broncos earned the No.3 seed in the district for the third consecutive year, which means they will have to travel to compete in regional action this week.
Mustang will be the No.2 seed in the Westmoore regional with Midwest City as the No.3 seed and Lawton as the No.4 seed.
The regional began Wednesday and will run through Friday. It is a double-elimination tournament, and Mustang will take on Midwest City in the first round. The Broncos have not played Westmoore this season, but they have played Midwest City once and Lawton twice.
MHS beat the Bombers at Midwest City in their one matchup this season, and Mustang split with Lawton in district play.
“We know it is going to be a tough regional,” Selby said. “Westmoore is a good baseball team, but we are going to have to play well to have a chance. We have to have everything come together for us to be successful. Hopefully, we can do that this week.”