BASEBALL: Mustangs continue to roll

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By The Staff

The Anderson County Middle School baseball team won three of four games at home last week to raise its season record to 21 – 3. 

Taking on St. Dominic for the third time this season, the Mustangs jumped out to an early lead and rolled to a 10-5 victory. Caleb Chambers and Brett Thompson combined to limit the visitors to only two hits while striking out four. Chris Toomey and Brice Stockton each scored twice. Dusty Puckett and Toomey each had two hits for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs found their stiffest competition of the season against Lexington Christian but managed to pull out a 3–2 victory thanks to Chambers’ run-scoring double in the bottom of the sixth inning. It was Chambers’ second game-winning hit in a week. Chambers’ hit drove in speedster Josh Brown, who had singled to lead off the inning. Zachary Carmichael and Brown accounted for the other two Mustang runs in the fourth inning. Pitcher Brice Stockton, who won his team-leading sixth game, faced seven batters in the first inning before settling into his customary groove. He faced the minimum 15 batters over the final five innings, striking out six.

Spencer County jumped out to an early 4 – 0 lead on the home-standing Mustangs and found themselves up 6 – 1 heading into the bottom of the seventh. The Mustangs, in what has been typical fashion this season, rallied with five runs to tie the game at six in the bottom half of their last at bat. 

Unfortunately for the Mustangs, the Grizzlies managed to plate a run in the top of the eighth. Although the Mustangs loaded the bases in their half of the inning, the tying run was left stranded at third base and the Grizzlies came away with a 7 – 6 victory. Worth Sparrow drove in Christopher Sea with the run that tied the score in the seventh. Carmichael, who came on in relief to pitch the final five innings, struck out seven, including five in a row at one point.   
Playing their fourth game in three days, the Mustangs had just enough left in the tank to slip away with a 3 – 2 victory over West Jessamine. The Mustangs made the most of the five hits allowed by four Colt pitchers, Puckett got the complete game victory, holding the Colts to just five hits and recording five strikeouts. Carmichael, who was hit by the pitcher and doubled, scored twice for the Mustangs. Toomey, Puckett, Stockton and Sparrow also got hits.

Coach Graham Carlton said, “It’s been tough getting games in this week with the rain and CATS testing. We had to tighten the schedule just to play them but it puts a lot of wear and tear on the players to play this many games in three days. I was pleased with their overall effort. It will help us come tournament time.”