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Mustangs beat MALC, split with Laughlin

March 23, 2019

NEEDLES – The Needles High School Mustangs varsity baseball team won their last preseason game against the Mohave Accelerated Learning Center Patriots in Bullhead City March 11, before splitting a doubleheader with Laughlin’s Cougars on March 15.

The Needles’ boys were able to score 14 runs while only giving up six runs to the Patriots. The game started tight as the Mustangs scored five runs and the Patriots scored four runs in the first inning. Heading into the second inning the Mustangs scored another four runs and played some great defense, not allowing any runs until the fifth inning.

The Mustangs scored one in the third, two in the fourth and then scored two more in the seventh inning to reach 14.

The Mustangs bats were on fire as they ended up with 16 hits, which directly led to the players being on base and in scoring positions.

After their preseason game, it was time to for their league season to start. A doubleheader game against the Cougars was played in Laughlin on a very windy day.

The Mustangs saw themselves down 5-0 early in the first game and when they were up to bat they were able to get on base but no more. The Mustang pitchers were having a tough time against the Cougars and the wind wasn’t making it easy for the outfielders, which helped the Cougars increase their lead to 18-0 in the second inning. Once the Mustangs were up to bat they were able to get one run in to make it 18-1. The Cougars added another five runs to make the final score 23-1.

The second game started like the first with the Mustangs trailing 4-0 to the Cougars but it didn’t have the same ending.

In the top of the second, the Mustangs were able to get on base. That’s when Coy Cameron got the RBI (run batted in) to make the score 4-1. The Mustangs, in the bottom of the second, only allowed one run to the Cougars to make it 5-1. The Mustangs bats started to get going in the top of the third as they were able to get on base a couple of times. Damon Lewis, Nathan Parker, Andre Smith and Coy Cameron all got one or more RBIs to help the Mustangs take a 6-5 lead over the Cougars. The Cougars scored two more runs in the next inning before the third out was called and took the lead 8-6 over the Mustangs. The Mustangs came back and scored another but the Cougars answered back with a run of their own to make it 9-7 heading into the fifth inning. The Mustangs scored three runs off Dillon Horns’ inside the park home run and Tyler White’s RBI which gave the lead back to Needles, 11-9. The Cougars didn’t show any signs of giving up, slugging a three-run home run to take back the lad 12-11.

In the seventh inning, the Mustangs had to score in order to keep the game alive and that’s exactly what they did. The first two batters for the Mustangs got in scoring positions taking second and third base. That’s when Tyler White got two RBIs and was able to take first base, giving the Mustangs a 13-12 lead. However, with a runner on first base, the Mustangs’ Jacob Chavez got himself an RBI and was able to take second base to make the score 14-12.

Once the Cougars got the third out they needed to score two runs to force overtime or three runs to win it but the Mustangs defense was engaged. The Cougars batters went three up and three down, securing the 14-12 the victory for the Mustangs.

The Mustangs are playing a NIAA doubleheader against the Calvary Chapel Lions on Jack Hutcherson Field this afternoon.