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Mustangs slide past Union Grove for the second time

Mustangs defeated the Wolverines for the second time this season.

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Matthew Mamatas', senior, gets ready to bat. Mamatas hit the walk off win for the night.

Matthew Mamatas', senior, gets ready to bat. Mamatas hit the walk off win for the night.

Bronlyn Holland

Bronlyn Holland

Matthew Mamatas', senior, gets ready to bat. Mamatas hit the walk off win for the night.

Bronlyn Holland, Sports Editor

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Matthew Mamatas', senior, gets ready to bat. Mamatas hit the walk off win for the night.

 

 

The Ola Mustangs won twice against the Union Grove Wolverines with a score of 3-2 on Tuesday March 13. This made the Mustangs 5-1 in the 4-AAAAA region.

The beginning of the game was a slow start for the Mustangs. The game was scoreless between innings two and four.

“I knew at the beginning we started off slow… and we always gotta be up and I knew it was going to come up at some point in the game, so I knew we were gonna come through. Matthew [Mamatas] came through with a big hit at the end. It was great,” Noah Norman, senior, said.

The energized atmosphere in the dugout kept the team’s spirits up throughout the game.

“We were actually talking about it in there [dugout],” Norman said when asked about Matthew Mamatas, senior, going up to bat at the bottom of the seventh inning. “I was telling them it was about to happen. I knew it was going to happen. Matthew’s really good and I knew it was going to come for him… I knew today was the day,” Norman said.

Head coach, Beau Edwards, echoed Norman’s summary of the game.

“We didn’t come out ready to go and we hung in there. Jordan [Armstrong]  did a heck of a job on the mound and kept us in it. We eventually got a big hit from Matthew,”  Edwards said.

Dalton Thomas, junior, was the seventh inning relief pitcher for Jordan Armstrong, senior.

“Jordan’s pitch count was up and we already made that kind of decision. A runner got on and they were at the top of the line up and we wanted them to see a new arm,” Edwards said.

Armstrong held the Wolverines from scoring for five consecutive innings.

“I wanted to throw strikes, get people out, give my team a chance to win the game,”Armstrong said.

Relief pitcher Thomas felt the pressure at the top of the seventh inning with the game tied 2-2.

“There was a lot of pressure. They [the team] were yelling a lot. I just had to block it out and focus in and do my thing,” Thomas said.

At the end of the game, the Mustangs ran on the field and tackled each other into a group pile to celebrate. Mustangs defeated Union Grove on March 9th with a score of 7-1.

“Anytime you can beat Union Grove is huge… it’s exciting. Loss of words really,” Edwards said.

The Mustangs will play against Union Grove for the third time of the season at SunTrust Park on April 6th for an exhibition. They will be back in action on March 15th at Spalding County at 5:55pm.

 

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