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Mustangs take early exit

By SAUL A. FLORES News WestMay 21, 2019

LAS VEGAS – The Needles High School Mustangs took an early exit from the NIAA 2A South League playoffs, going two-and-out against Lincoln County and The Meadows.

The Mustangs started the playoffs with a 16-3 loss against the Lincoln County Lynx on May 9.

Ken Parker, Mustangs baseball head coach, reported that the Mustangs had a hard time putting runs on the board throughout the game.

The Mustangs had a tough time on the defensive end as well as errors plagued the team, allowing the Lynx to take control of the game.

On the mound for the Mustangs was Dillon Horn, who allowed eight runs on nine hits. Jacob Chavez relieved Horn and finally Damon Lewis closed the game.

On offense, Dawsen Yeager led the Mustangs with two hits in two at-bats.

“We had seven physical errors, six mental errors and six times our batters got caught looking,” said Parker. “That’s not a winning formula in any game.”

Even though the Mustangs lost their first game they still had a chance as they faced The Meadows Mustangs on May 10.

The Mustangs fell to The Meadows 8-2, which ended the playoff push for Needles.

The Mustangs struggled to contain The Meadows’ offense as they allowed them to get five runs in the fifth inning. On the mound for the Mustangs was Yeager, who allowed six hits, eight runs and struck out three in four innings.

“We didn’t play well at all,” said Parker. “Only getting two hits and making errors doesn’t win many baseball games.”

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