Mustang closes summer baseball season with tournaments
By Patrick Osborne,
The Mustang baseball summer season has reached its final leg, with two teams done for the summer and one finishing earlier this week.
The Mustang varsity one team ended the season in Choctaw in its postseason tournament. Mustang played four games, starting with a loss to host Choctaw. The Broncos recovered by beating Dale and Edmond North in elimination games before finally being knocked out by Choctaw.
“We played well on defense, we just couldn’t hit,” Cade Fulton said. “Overall I thought we had a good summer. Now we have to continue getting better each day till the spring.”
The Bronco varsity two team ended the season as well as any team can, capturing the postseason tournament championship last weekend in Tuttle. Mustang won all five games, starting with a 7-0 win against Blanchard. The Broncos continued the single elimination tournament with wins against Piedmont, Edmond North varsity two, Edmond North junior varsity and Moore in the championship game.
Winning five games to end the season is never bad, and overall Gage Helling was impressed with the team and how they played throughout the weekend.
“We played really well. Our pitchers threw strikes, we hit well and didn’t have many errors. We brought a different mentality, we knew if we lost we were done,” he said.
As a team, Helling said they have grown together this summer and are better than they were at the start of the season.
“At the beginning of the summer we were striking out a lot and not putting the ball in play. Now towards the end, and especially this weekend, we weren’t striking out very much and were putting the ball in play. We improved a lot as a team this summer.”
The Bronco freshmen came into this week as the lone remaining team playing. The young Broncos finished off part one of their postseason tournament last weekend with a 12-2 win against Midwest City and a 3-2 victory against Moore in Piedmont.
In the first game against the Bombers, Mustang gave up two runs and just one hit. Head coach Jarred Prock said offensively and defensively, he was proud of his team.
In the second game Mustang relied on some late-game heroics to pull out the win. Due to time restraints, the Broncos and Lions only went six innings. In the bottom of the sixth inning, with bases loaded in a 2-2 game, Prock sent Aaron Riley to the plate to bring home the runners. Riley sent a ground ball up the middle and though it was fielded by the shortstop, he could not complete the play. Riley was credited with the RBI and walk-off hit.
With the wins, Mustang advanced to the final eight-team tournament held Monday and Tuesday night. Mustang played Deer Creek Monday night in Piedmont to open up the single elimination tournament.