Butler County Times Gazette
  • Flint Hills baseball sweeps again

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  • After the starting the season losing two, the Flinthills Mustangs are back on track. They won their fourth straight and are clicking in all phases of the game.
    On Thursday, the Mustangs traveled to Eureka to play the 3A Tornadoes. Montgomery Moore took the mound in game 1 for the Mustangs and was able to keep Eureka’s hitters in check. Moore, who pitched a complete game and struck out six and only allowed four hits.
    “It was the best outing we have had this year from a pitcher,” said Flinthills coach Shane Thornton. “He was able to locate all three of his pitches and kept the other team guessing.”
    The Mustangs were able to defeat the Tornadoes 9–4 in game 1. Offensively the team was led by Johnathan Trumpower, who went 3-for-4 and had two RBIs. Trevor Kemp and Jayden Simmons each had two hits. Clay Oates, Moore, Brenton Nelson, and Jason Hefton each added a hit as well.
    Game 2 for the Mustangs had Colton Allemand on the mound.
    “I talked to Al before the game and he was nervous. I told him to just relax and have fun,” Thornton said.
    It didn’t take Allemand long to shake the nerves as he struck out the first three batters of the game for the Mustangs. Allemand pitched a strong five innings for the Mustangs, striking out eight along the way.
    “It was the best dual pitching effort I have seen in a few years at Flinthills. Both pitchers competed all night and were able to control their pitches,” Thornton said.
    Zach Sangals came in to pitch the sixth and struck out one in a 1-2-3 inning. Eureka put pressure on the Mustangs in the bottom of the 7th by scoring three and had two runners on, but Montgomery Moore was able to strike out DeAllen Nelson of Eureka to end the game. The final score was 8–5.
    Nelson and Jayden Simmons led the team offensively with three hits each. Hefton added a pair of hits and Moore, Allemand, and Oates each had a hit.
    Defensively the play of the night was made by Simmons. In game one, Simmons made a great diving play up the middle and was able to gather himself and throw the runner out at first.
    “It was a huge play for us. It got Monty out of a jam and it really changed the momentum,” Thornton said.
    “All 3 phases of the game came together tonight. I thought the boys did a great job of keeping focus and getting the sweep,” he added.
    The Mustangs will host Cedar-Vale/Dexter on Monday at 3 pm.
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