It took until the final district game of the season, but the Lutheran High Mustangs finally came away on the good side of a close game. The Mustangs scored two runs in the bottom of the 7th inning to take the district finale against Faith Academy 6-5.
Faith scored a run in the second inning to get things started, but the Mustangs responded as Will Wren’s steal of third base led to an overthrow into the outfield allowing Wren to score.
In the third inning, Faith Academy came back with three more runs courtesy of small ball and some miscues from the Mustangs. Like they have done all season, the Mustangs responded with three runs of their own in the bottom of the third. Lutheran used a patient approach to draw three walks and scored two runs on passed balls. Bryce Connolly’s steal of home tied the game up at 4-4.
The score remained that way until the 5th when Faith got a pair of hits to take the 5-4 lead.
It was 5-4 in the 7th with the Mustangs down to their final at bats. Collin Hunick led off with a double and would score the game tying run on Phillip Williams RBI single. After Williams was thrown out at second trying to steal, Luke Watson ripped a single down the third base line. Connolly then laced a triple over the center fielder’s head to score Watson and the Mustangs completed the comeback and Mustang players rushed out of the dugout to celebrate the comeback win.
Watson paced the Mustang offense as he went 2-2, with two walks and two runs scored. Connolly finished 1-3 with triple and an RBI and a run scored. Williams went 2-4 with an RBI and Hunick finished 1-3 with two runs scored.
Connolly went the distance on the mound for the Mustangs, pitching 7 innings surrendering 6 hits and giving up 5 runs (3 earned). He struck out 12 while walking 4.
After the game, Head Coach Andrew Eickstead honored the two seniors who played their last home game for the Mustangs. Dale Allison and Zach Moore were recognized for their achievements.
Allison, an All District player a year ago, moved to catcher this season and did a superb job with the transition. He handled the pitching staff beautifully. A four year starter, Allison saw time at each of the nine positions during his career.
Zach Moore also saw time at catcher this season before a broken thumb ended his season early. Moore spent the majority of his career as a catcher and DH. His energy in the dugout will be missed next year.
The Mustangs finished 4-6 in district play which placed them in fourth place in the six team district, just missing out on the TAPPS 2A Baseball Playoffs.