Varsity one summer baseball squad enjoys special summer
By Kyle Salomon,
Mustang junior right-handed pitcher Cade Fulton threw five scoreless innings in last Friday’s 6-2 win against Norman in the opening game of the Yukon tournament.
The 6-foot-5 Bronco pitcher had a solid spring season on the mound for Mustang, but lacked consistency throughout the year. Fulton said he has worked on being more consistent this summer.
“I feel like I have gained a lot of control this summer,” he said. “My velocity has picked up a lot, and I have a lot better command of my pitches. I’m starting to trust my defense a lot more behind me as well and not trying to strike everyone out.”
Fulton scattered three hits in the five innings on the bump while striking out four Norman batters.
The Bronco varsity summer team didn’t stop after the Norman victory. Mustang went on to win the remaining three games in the two-day event at Yukon High School.
MHS defeated Norman North 8-0, Yukon 4-1 and Marietta 16-3 to cap off the tournament. Junior pitcher Tyler Farley was on the mound for the eight-run win over Norman North. Hayden Woolsie got the win for the Broncos against the Millers and John Madison earned the victory against Marietta.
The four-game sweep of the tournament makes the Broncos 17-1 this summer going into the final week of the summer season. Mustang played a doubleheader on Tuesday night at Norman, which were the final summer league games before they begin the postseason tournament in Choctaw Friday night.
Fulton said this summer has been a good one for the varsity baseball squad.
“We have done very well this summer,” he said. “We have come together as a team. Last spring, a lot of us were still really young and didn’t really know what to expect. Now we all are more comfortable and we are playing with a lot more confidence. We can teach the younger players how to do it the right way as well.”
Freshman team experiences success in summer ball
The future of Mustang baseball looks bright as the Broncos freshman summer team has a record of 22-4 going into the final week of the summer season.
The young Broncos played four games against Piedmont last week and took three out of four games in the two doubleheaders.
Mustang split a doubleheader with Moore and won the Edmond Memorial freshman summer tournament, taking all three games. The Broncos beat Putnam City North 11-10, took down Yukon 10-7 and defeated Enid 10-0 to win the tournament.
Pitching has been a strong point for the Mustang freshmen this summer as 12 out of the 17 players on the roster are pitchers for head coach Jared Prock and his squad. The team isn’t too shabby at the plate either as they have a team batting average of .315 in their 26 games this summer.
“This group has had a tremendous summer,” Prock said. “Our pitching has really stood out this summer. We have a lot of guys who can pitch it and pitch it well for us. Offensively, I’m really pleased. We are hitting the ball well as a team and we are doing it a lot by playing small ball. We are bunting a lot and executing on the base paths.”
Prock highlighted four freshmen players who have stood out this season and have developed into leaders for the young team.
“Tanner Tweihous plays third base and pitches for us,” Prock said. “He’s had an excellent summer. Brayden Corley also pitches for us and plays first base. He’s been a tremendous left on the mound this summer. Up the middle defensively, we have two solid infielders with Noah Varks and Mason Jones.”
Prock said the future of Mustang baseball is bright with these young kids coming up in the program.
“The next five or six years looks to be really promising,” he said. “Not just with this group, but the classes surrounding this group are very good as well. The future is definitely promising.”