Softball off to powerful start in 2014

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The Lady Broncos softball team improved to 8-2 overall this season with a 3-0 record last week.

Mustang started the week off with a 6-0 home district win against Norman Aug. 19, and then went 2-0 in the Southmoore Softball Festival last Friday, beating Muskogee 7-6 and Broken Arrow 2-0.website commentary new.qxd

“I thought we played well last week,” Mustang head coach Bryan Howard said. “We probably gave up too many runs early in the game to Muskogee, but I like the way we battled back. BA is always one of the better teams in the state, so I am really pleased with that win.”

Against Norman, the Bronco girls and Lady Tigers were scoreless through the first five and a half innings until Mustang broke it open in the bottom of the sixth by scoring all six runs.

Senior right-hander Jayden Chestnut was in the circle against Norman and went the distance in the contest. Chestnut took a no-hitter into the top of the seventh when NHS got its only base knock of the game.

The hard-throwing senior finished the night with seven strikeouts and one walk allowed.

The Lady Broncos finished the game with seven total hits. Mustang finally got on the board in the bottom of the sixth inning when freshman third baseman Karis Clark drove in two runs with a single to center field.

Senior shortstop Caisey Jones was up to bat next and put a ball in play, forcing Norman into an error and scoring two more runs.

Freshman outfielder Katelyn Thomas then drove the fifth run with a single of her own. The sixth and final run of the inning was knocked in by freshman second baseman Zoe Jones.

Chestnut held the Lady Tigers in the top half of the inning, securing the victory for the Lady Broncos.

Mustang played Muskogee in the first game of the Southmoore Softball Festival on Friday afternoon and took down the Roughers 7-6.

Freshman pitcher Kylie Dodson returned to the circle after being sidelined with a foot injury for several games.

Dodson was rusty in the first couple of innings back as Muskogee put several runs on the board against the young right-hander.

Dodson settled down and kept the Lady Roughers from breaking the game open, which allowed Mustang to come back and get the one-run victory. Chestnut came into the game in the last inning to close it out for MHS.

In their second and final game of the Southmoore Festival, the Lady Broncos took on Broken Arrow, which year-in and year-out is one of the top softball teams in Oklahoma.

Chestnut was back in the circle for the Bronco girls against the Lady Tigers and she was dominant as she shut out BA 2-0.

Mustang returned to action this week with three games on the schedule.

The Lady Broncos hosted Lawton Ike on Monday evening. They travel to Moore for a 6:30 district showdown tonight, and tomorrow host Edmond North at 6:30 p.m. for an important district matchup.

“We are getting more used to playing in big games every week,” Howard said. “It seems like every week we have one or more big games, so it’s important we continue to get better and grow as a team.”

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