Cason Barnett, senior, slides into second base. The Mustangs won 9-1 against the Locust Grove Wildcats.

Bronlyn Holland

Mustangs strike out the Wildcats

With a loss at the beginning of the week against the rival, the Mustangs fought back stronger.

March 31, 2019

The Mustangs struck out the Locust Grove Wildcats with a score of 9-1 on March 29. The team is 13-7 so far.

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Jack Witmer, junior, hits during the second inning. Witmer ran to first base after this hit.

At the beginning of the game, it was a slow yet fast start putting points on the board and keeping the Wildcats scoreless.

“I think whoever wants it the most comes out…Losing that first game really hurt us and we just wanted it more,” Chaz Salter, senior, said.

In the bottom of the second inning and all the bases were loaded, Salter scored an in field grand slam.

“I was on third [base], so I saw him hit the ball and there were two outs, so I automatically ran home and after that I saw him keep on running and I saw them [players] all coming and I knew it was over after that,” Caleb Mowery, junior, said.

Just worry about us and keep everything in our dugout with the Mustangs,”

— Chopper Clark

Throughout the game, there was much tension between the two teams and Chopper Clark, assistant coach, used the motto “all on us” during all innings.

“Just worry about us. Don’t worry about the other team. Don’t worry about what they’re doing. Just worry about us and keep everything in our dugout with the Mustangs,” Clark said.

With the team being 13-7 so far in the season, the Mustangs made many improvements to get to this point.

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Sterling Richardson, senior, pitches during the fifth inning. Richardson pitched until the sixth inning.

“Getting the kids ready to play at that level is tough when you play a team that has had this much success…Our hitting is definitely better. We’re squaring the ball up more. In the beginning of the year, we’re hitting roll over balls…We’re really seeing the ball now and barreling them up,” Michael Edwards, head coach, said.

The team heads to Pensacola during spring break to play in a tournament. Players are excited about playing in Florida but also excited about another thing.

“Team bonding, getting to know each other better and getting closer together,” Baylen Sanders, junior, said.

The Mustangs will be back in on April 1 at Pine Forest High School in Pensacola, Florida at 7:00pm. For updates on the team, follow @olabaseball on Twitter.

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