Softball run-rules Edmond North at home
The Lady Broncos softball team finished last week with a 3-1 record, which has them sitting 11-3 overall as they inch closer to the midway point of the season.
Senior pitcher Jayden Chestnut pitched a perfect game in game two against Lawton Ike as she struck out 12 batters and didn’t allow a base runner in her five innings of work.
On Aug. 28, the Lady Broncos traveled down for a matchup with district foe Moore. The game was tied at zero going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but three Bronco errors led to two Moore runs, giving the Lions the lead and the victory 2-0 over Mustang.
“Moore was tough,” Mustang head coach Bryan Howard said. “But I thought our girls really competed, especially our younger players. That was big-game atmosphere, and our girls were ready to fight to win that game.”
Last Friday night the Lady Broncos returned home for another district game against Edmond North. The Lady Huskies have traditionally been one of the state’s powerhouses in softball, but the Bronco girls jumped on them early and continued the beat-down, as they went on to run-rule Edmond North 11-1 in six innings.
Against the Lady Huskies, Mustang came out swinging. The Lady Broncos offense had been held at bay the night before by Moore, but the Bronco girls put four runs on the board in the bottom half of the first inning, which would have been enough for Chestnut, but the offense kept it going for the remainder of the game.
Chestnut got the win in the circle for MHS, and Mustang got the much-needed home district win following the Thursday night loss.
“That was a great bounce-back win for us,” Howard said. “We showed a lot of heart coming back and playing the way we did against Edmond North.”
The Lady Broncos and Moore were neck-and-neck throughout the game. Chestnut was locked in a pitcher’s duel, and the Bronco offense was hitting the ball hard all night, but right at Moore fielders.
The Lions got the break they needed in the bottom half of the sixth inning when three Mustang errors gave way to two Moore runs, which would be all they would need as they held the Lady Broncos scoreless in the top half of seventh.
“Our QAB (quality at bats) were really good against Moore,” Howard said. “We just hit the ball right at them. Sometimes that’s the way it goes.”
Against Lawton Ike earlier last week, the Bronco girls were too powerful in the double-header sweep. Freshman pitcher Kylie Dodson was in the circle in game one. It was her first appearance in the circle in more than a week following a foot injury. Dodson got the W and Mustang cruised to a game one win.
Chestnut threw her second perfect game of the season for the Lady Broncos in game two against Lawton Ike. The hard-throwing right-hander fanned 12 batters in five innings of work in the circle.
The Bronco girls played host to Putnam City West on Tuesday night in another home district game. They open play today in the OU Softball Tournament in Norman. The tournament begins today and concludes Saturday.
“The OU tournament will be a great test for us,” Howard said. “It will be just as tough as the Broken Arrow tournament was. We scheduled this tournament because we wanted to see where we were 15 games into the season. We are further ahead of where I thought we’d be at this point. I like where we are right now.”