Bronco baseball readies for summer season


By Patrick Osborne

The Mustang baseball program is set for the summer baseball season and a chance to get better.

The Broncos will field three teams this summer – varsity 1 coached by Sean Brooks, varsity 2 coached by Cody Price, and freshmen coached by Jared Prock. The teams will play all of June and go until early July.

Head coach Scott Selby, who has already won 70 games in his first three seasons at Mustang, said he’s looking forward to the season and getting back out there on the field.

“We are looking to continue with the growth of the program and work on our fundamentals,” Selby said.

The summer season is generally a time of learning. It’s a chance for younger players to get more reps in games and for veterans to step into the leader role. Every game is another opportunity to get better and learn from mistakes with less pressure than found in the regular spring season.

Having multiple games every week, coaches have plenty of opportunities to see how players handle certain situations and use them to help players grow.

For those on the freshman team, this will be their first time to play at the Bronco Baseball Complex and get away from their Little League coaches and teams. Freshmen coach Jared Prock is looking to reach them early so that when fall comes around they can hit the ground running.

“I’m looking for them to start learning the program and how to be successful in it by learning how the two-strike approach works, how we bunt and really all our everyday stuff,” said Prock.

The Broncos will return most of their varsity team from last year that won 21 games, with only six seniors graduating this year after losing 16 the year before. Unlike this spring, they will bring back varsity experience at virtually every position this summer including Brice West, Austin O’Bannon, Skyler Fuller, John Madison, Brent Stephens, Cade Fulton, Ryan Reed, Jakob Webb, Austin Boyd, Harper Sanderson, Jake Deneen, Bryant Harper, Bobby Covalt, Trevor Kinsey and Joey Pena.

“We are sort of in a unique situation this year,” Selby said. “We don’t really have that one guy that jumps out at you right now. We are all looking to continue to improve and get better.”

Mustang loses seniors Austin Roberts, Lane Driskill, Logan Reed, Tyler Goble and Jeremy Bieber. Roberts will be the 16th player Selby has had move on to play college baseball.

With a home game nearly every day once the season starts as well as tournaments the Broncos will host, Mustang fans will have plenty of opportunities to see first the future of Mustang baseball now with their own eyes.

The Broncos have reached the regional championship game three years in a row since Selby arrived, and look to use this summer to learn and improve to get over the hump and reach the state tournament and compete for the program’s first state title since 1982 next spring.