Mustang baseball has bright future

Cade Fulton One

By Kyle Salomon,

There are many sports in Mustang where the future looks bright, but none looks brighter than Bronco baseball.

One year removed from losing 16 seniors in a class that won nearly 50 games in two seasons under head baseball coach Scott Selby, the Mustang baseball team won 21 games and came within two games from winning a regional championship and qualifying for the state tournament.

Oh yeah, and they did it with a team comprised of mostly freshmen and sophomores.

Selby said the young team came to the field every day with great attitudes and a desire to win.

“We put ourselves in a position to be successful with how hard we worked and how well we executed for the majority of the season,” he said. “We had to do whatever it took to win ballgames, which is the ultimate goal. These guys did that well.”

Selby just completed his third year as the head coach of the Mustang baseball program. He has won 70 games in three years, which is an average of 23.33 wins per season. The year before Selby’s arrival, the Bronco baseball program won just 12 games.

Mustang had 16 underclassmen contribute many innings of baseball for the Broncos this season, which means one thing for this program – the future is in good hands.

Out of those 16 underclassmen, 11 were freshmen and sophomores for Selby and his staff. The next several years in Mustang baseball will be exciting as the majority of the offensive and defensive production returns in 2015.

“We were a sweep of Yukon away from winning the district with this group,” Selby said. “We were a split with Yukon away from hosting a regional and we were two wins against Westmoore away in the regional championship from getting to the state tournament. There is definitely a lot to be excited about with Mustang baseball.”

One thing that has been consistent with Selby and his coaching style is adaptability to his players. Selby coached at the collegiate level at Southern Nazarene University and Southwestern Oklahoma State University where he racked up more than 400 wins as a head coach in college baseball in tough conferences such as the Sooner Athletic Conference and the Lonestar Conference.

Whether Selby has had teams that had the ability to drive in runs with power hitting or teams that had to manufacture runs with bunting and aggressive base running, one thing has been a constant in his career. The guy knows how to win baseball games.

“My teams will always have the ability to bunt the baseball, hit-and-run, run the bases, play good defense, pitch well and be fundamentally sound in everything we do,” Selby said. “We aren’t going to beat ourselves. Our two-strike approach gives us the ability to be successful at the plate. The ultimate goal is winning baseball games.”

Selby’s style has been successful in getting players to play at the next level, whether it’s from college to professional or high school to college.

In three years at Mustang, Selby has sent 15 baseball players to play at the collegiate level. Selby sent nine players to play professionally from the college ranks during his years coaching college baseball. He has one former player playing for the Los Angeles Dodgers and several more playing in the minor leagues.

Selby said one of the main differences between coaching high school and college baseball is the difference of physical maturity at different ages.

Selby said you can have a sophomore who is more physically mature with the same amount of talent as a junior, which makes things more difficult at the high school ranks.

There is no doubt Mustang baseball has been on the rise since Selby’s arrival three years ago. Don’t look for the vertical climb to the top to stop anytime soon. Bronco baseball is in good hands with Selby calling the shots.