The Flinthills Mustangs continue to win baseball games. They won two games Monday against Central Burden to extend their winning streak to six games. That streak did come to an end Thursday as the Mustangs split a doubleheader with the No. 7 Sedan Blue Devils. Flinthills' record now is 7-3 on the season.
In game 1 Thursday, the Mustangs were unable to overcome a five-run deficit as the Blue Devils won 9–8. Montgomery Moore, who started on the hill for the Mustangs, threw four innings and allowed seven runs while striking out four. Colton Allemand finished the game for the Mustangs and struck out four in three innings of action.
“We were not ready to play. Mentally our heads were not in the game, and we made too many errors in the first inning. Getting behind by five is tough,” Flinthills coach Shane Thorton said.
The Mustangs had nine hits in the game. Jayden Simmons led the way as he was 3-for-4 with a double. Jason Hefton added two hits and hit the Mustangs' first home run of the year. Clay Oates, Moore, Ryan Batson, and Brenton Nelson each had a hit.
Hefton started game 2 for the Mustangs. Hefton pitched four innings and allowed six runs while striking out five. The offensive production picked up as the Mustangs won 17-7.
“I thought Jason did a good job of competing and getting outs. He hasn’t pitched a lot this year, but he stepped up and did what we asked of him,” Thorton said of Hefton.
Allemand finished the game for the Mustangs by pitching three innings and striking out five.
The Mustangs piled up 14 hits in game 2. Oates led the team by going 4-for-5. Simmons, Nelson, Batson, and Allemand all had two hits. Trevor Kemp and Hefton each added a hit. The Mustangs were also able to draw eight walks in game two.
“I thought we did a good job of bouncing back and getting a win in game 2. We will see them again this year down the road, and I think the boys are not happy with the way game 1 went,” Thorton said.
Earlier this week, the Mustangs took two games against Central Burden. In game one against the Raiders, the Mustangs jumped on top by scoring six runs in the first inning. They hit three doubles and four singles in that inning.
Moore pitched for the Mustangs and did not allow a run through the first three innings. The Mustangs committed two errors in the fourth inning that allowed the Raiders to put two runs on the board. The Raiders added five more runs in the sixth inning to pull within two, but the Mustangs were able to tack on runs in the second, third, fifth and sixth innings to give them the 12-7 win.
Moore pitched 5 2/3 innings. He allowed four earned runs and struck out 12. Allemand earned the save and struck out three in 1 1/3 innings. Offensively the Mustangs finished with 18 hits. Hefton and Simmons both had four hits, Moore added three, Batson and Nelson each had two.
“The boys were swinging the bats real well, but we relaxed on defense for two innings and made the game closer than it should have been,” Thorton said.
In game 2, Colton Allemand dominated on the mound by scattering eight hits through seven innings and striking out 12 to lead Flinthills to an 8-3 win.
“Al was able to control his fastball and mix in an off-speed pitch here and there,” Thorton said.
Offensively the Mustangs struggled a little bit in game 2. They were only able to record five hits, but they were able to draw 12 walks. Nelson led the team with two hits. Moore, Kemp, and Batson each added a hit. The Mustangs scored in every inning but the first.
The Mustangs will play four games next week. Monday they travel to Lyndon to play Elk Valley, and Thursday they will host Cedar-Vale Dexter in Rosalia. Right now the Mustangs are sitting in second place in the South Central Border League.