Freshmen sweep Westmoore
By Patrick Osborne
Mustang’s freshman baseball team swept the night during the June 4 Westmoore game with some timely pitching and hitting throughout the night.
Mustang took game one of the night 10-2, with Gavin Socher picking up the win for the night on the bump.
The first game started with one of the few trouble spots on the night for the Broncos. After some walks and passed balls behind the plate, Westmoore jumped out to a quick 2-0 lead.
After scoring two runs to tie the game in the second inning, Dwight Kibbe came through with an RBI single to make it 3-2 to give Mustang its first lead of the night. Mustang never looked back from there.
Tanner Twihaus made it 4-2 early in the third with an RBI single, and was followed by Cole Embry scoring on a passed ball to make it 5-2 Broncos. RBI singles by Martin Lozano and Casey Bieber later in the inning took the Mustang lead to 7-2 after three innings of play.
In the fourth inning, RBI singles from Braden Corley, Twihaus and Mason Jones took the Bronco lead to 10-2. Mustang needed just three more outs to force the mercy rule after just five innings.
Mustang had seven different batters step up to the plate and get a hit, as well six different batters who knocked in runs.
After erupting for 10 runs in the first game, Mustang was held to just three in a 3-2 win to sweep the night. Head coach Jared Prock noted the difference in the games.
“The first game I thought we cruised pretty well,” he said. “The second game we had to dig down deep and play a little small ball.”
Garrison Socher started the game as well as any pitcher could hope, recording strikeouts on seven of the Broncos first nine outs. He would go on to finish nine strikeouts in five innings of action.
Twihaus picked up right where he left off from game one, getting the Broncos on the board first in the first inning with an RBI single. Later in the inning, after a passed ball, Mustang brought home another run, making it 2-0 Broncos after the first inning.
The fifth inning was the key moment of the night. After giving up two runs in the top half of the inning, Mustang came to the plate looking to break the 2-2 tie.
After a sacrifice bunt by Embry to move the runner to second with two outs, Jones came through for the Broncos with an RBI single to give them a 3-2 lead.
In the sixth inning, after a couple of walks, Noah Barks faced a tough situation with runners on second and third with only one out. Barks struck out the next batter he faced and got out of the jam an out later. The game was called after six innings due to time restraints.
Prock said he was proud of the young Bronco’s performance.
“He got down in the count for a few batters but he had a lot of guts with some 3-0 count situations and he came back to strike some guys out,” Prock said. “I was really proud of him.”
Although still early in the team’s first summer season with the program, Prock said they are starting to work into the program and what it is all about.
“They’re starting to really catch on,” he said. “They’re starting to know we play small ball.”