Lady Broncos start 2014 strong on diamond

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The Lady Broncos softball team made quick work of Putnam City West on the road Thursday afternoon with a five-inning 11-0 win over the Patriots.

Senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut started the game in the circle for Mustang, and in two innings of work struck out six batters and allowed just one base runner, who reached safely on an error.Jaquelyn Kelm One

Freshman Kylie Dodson came in for Chestnut in the bottom of the third inning and held Putnam City West scoreless in two innings of duty in the circle. Dodson had three strikeouts with no walks and allowed two hits in her first varsity outing.

Junior Lexi Vargas started at first base for Mustang, but came in to close the game in the circle in the bottom of the fifth. Vargas had three strikeouts and walked one batter in her one inning of action.

The MHS offense was potent against the Lady Patriots’ pitching as the Broncos scored in three out of the five innings in the contest. Mustang scored three runs in the first inning, four runs in the second and four in the third inning. They were scoreless in innings four and five.

Senior catcher Jaquelyn Kelm was explosive at the plate for the Lady Broncos as she finished the night with four RBIs on a two-run home run and a two-run double. Fellow senior Caisey Jones was also solid at the plate as the shortstop logged three hits in the game.

Overall, the Mustang defense allowed just four Putnam City West base runners while the offense had 14 total hits in the first game of the season.

Mustang head coach Bryan Howard said he was pleased with the first game of the year.

“It was a good win. Any win is a good win. It’s a good way to start for us. We got a lot of good work in today. Our short game was good today and we got three different pitchers in the game, which helped us get ready for Broken Arrow.”

Lady Broncos go 4-2 in Broken Arrow tournament

Despite dropping their first two games of the event, the Mustang softball team had a strong weekend in BA, going 4-2 in the tournament.

The Bronco girls lost two one-run games to Chickasha, 5-4, and Owasso, 4-3. They defeated Poteau, 8-0, hung on to beat Westmoore, 8-7, shut down Coweta, 2-0, and had their way with Cleveland, 8-0.

Following the tournament, Mustang’s overall record was 5-2.

Chestnut pitched a perfect game for the Lady Broncos against Cleveland.

Howard said he was proud of the way the girls competed throughout the weekend.

“We made several mistakes, but all of the mistakes we made were because we were thinking ahead too much,” he said. “I can handle those kinds of mistakes because you can fix those. We start five freshmen right now, so for the first 15 games or so, we are going to make mistakes, but I’m very proud of the way we bounced back to win four in a row.”

The Lady Broncos traveled to Putnam City North on Monday and played their first regular season home game on Tuesday evening against Norman. Both games are district contests.

Mustang will participate in the Southmoore Festival at 12:45 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. Friday.

Kyle Salomon is the sports editor at the Mustang News. He can be reached at ksalomon@mustangnews.info.

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