The Mustangs pounded out 29 hits, including 13 extra base hits, and took two of three from 4-4A district champion Pecos on Friday and Saturday in Odessa at the Permian Panther home baseball field. The Mustangs won game one 12-2 before dropping game two 6-4. They came back to win game three 7-5.
The Mustangs took advantage of four Pecos errors in game one to run-rule the Eagles 12-2. They had 13 base hits in the opening game which included round trippers by Braden McGary and Luis Rodriquez. Facing a must-win game two, Pecos came back on the strength of a grand slam home run by their DH which led to five runs in the fourth inning and a 6-4 win that evened the series at a game each. The Mustangs had some opportunities to blow this one open, but they stranded 11 runners including leaving the bases full twice and runners on 2nd and 3rd two other times.
After taking a 30-minute break following game two the coaches flipped for home or visitors in the take all third game. Mustang Coach Chris Gonzales made the right call and chose to be the home team. The visiting team had won both game 1 and game 2. Behind a two-run homer from Braden, the Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 first inning lead. Going into the 7th inning the Mustangs had a 7-2 lead when Pecos staged a mild rally plating three runs to cut the Mustang lead to 7-5.
With runners on 2nd and 3rd, Braden came in and struck out the last batter that sends the Mustangs on to the Regional Quarterfinals.
In game one the Mustangs pounded out 13 hits that led to their 12 runs. Braden and Luis Rodriquez had back to back home runs in an 8-run 5th inning that blew the game wide open. Michael Garcia, Spencer Marion, Daron Pacheco, and Luis Rodriguez all recorded doubles that led to nine of the Mustangs 12 runs. Michael Garcia, Braden McGary, and Daron Pacheco all finished with two RBI’s while Irving Mijares, Luis Rodriguez, and Uriel Rodriguez had one each. Ferny Vega started the game for the Mustangs and got the win. He struck out three, walked two, gave up three hits, and one earned run. Braden pitched the last two innings giving up one run on two hits, struck out three and issued no base on balls.
In game two Pecos pushed one run across home plate in the first inning before the Mustangs plated two in their half of the third inning to take a lead. In the 4th inning, Pecos had five straight hits, including the grand slam, that led to five runs and a 6-2 lead. The Mustangs came back with two more in the sixth inning before recording their third out with the bases loaded. Daron and Irving paced the Mustangs with two hits each. Uriel, Braden, Luis, and Ferny all finished with one hit each. Braden, Luis, and Uriel all had doubles in the game. Daven Blanco had two RBI’s while Michael and Irving had one each.
Luis started on the mound for the Mustangs and suffered the loss. He gave up six runs on seven hits, struck out five, and issue three base on balls. Daven pitched the last three innings where he did not allow a hit, a run, struck out two and gave up two bases on balls. The Mustangs stranded 11 runners.
In the decisive third game, the Mustangs jumped out to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. After Uriel led off the inning with a walk, Braden laced a pitch over the right-field fence to put the Mustangs up 2-0. One more run crossed home plate in that inning and then three more in the third to put the Mustangs up 6-2.
An insurance run was added in the sixth inning before Pecos staged a rally in the top of the 7th inning scoring three runs on three hits. Braden struck out the last batter on four pitches to give the Mustangs the win advancing them to the next round. Braden paced the Mustangs with three hits followed by Ferny with two. Luis, Daven, and Daron all finished with one hit. Luis one hit was a double while Braden and Daron both had a triple. Braden, Daron, and Ferny all had two RBI’s and Luis had one.
Irving started on the mound for the Mustangs getting the win. He gave up two runs on three hits, struck out two and walked three. Ferny came on in the fourth inning where he did not give up a run or hit, struck out two and issued one base on balls. Daven started the 7th inning giving up three runs on three hits and giving up one base on balls in two-thirds of an inning. That brought in Braden who struck out the last batter. Mustang bats came up with eight doubles, two triples, and three home runs in their 29 hits.
Up next for the Mustangs is Andrews, who finished in 4th place in the district race. This will be another two of three series and will be played in Hobbs with the first game set for 7pm on Friday. Game two will be at 1pm on Saturday with a game three, if necessary, to follow 30 minutes later.
The Mustangs dropped an 11-1 decision to Andrews during the regular season. These games will be broadcast live on www.towntalkradio.com or the free TownTalk app.