Mustangs grab early lead to defeat Braves

Westfall struck while the iron was hot on Monday, scoring four runs in its first at-bat of the season on its way to a 6-2 non-conference win over the visiting Logan Elm Braves.

Trent Walters ignited the Mustangs with a triple to right field during the first and Brenden Lowe then worked a walk to join him on the base pads.

Walters stole home when the catcher lobbed the ball back to the pitcher to tie the game at 1-1.

Following a strikeout, Bryant Coker walked and Bryce Wickline legged out an infield single to load the bases. Following a strikeout for the second out of the inning, Brandon Bingham managed to draw a walk to force in Lowe.

Cade Hall then singled to right, driving in both Coker and Wickline to give the Mustangs a 4-1 advantage.

“This was really big for us, scoring in the first inning, and hopefully it sets a tone for the season with our aggressiveness at the plate and on the bases,” Westfall coach Todd Rhymer said.

Logan Elm scored once in its half of the first and again in the second to cut its deficit to 4-2.

Westfall scored its final two runs in the sixth.

Bingham reached on a walk and eventually scored on a wild pitch. Cade Hall, who reached via an error, scored on an infield single courtesy of Walters.

Coker pitched a complete game to earn the win, allowing five hits and two unearned runs. He walked none and struck out 10 batters.

“I asked Bryant if he wanted to finish the game and he did what I have been preaching to our seniors all spring about being senior leaders and took the ball again and finished the game,” Rhymer praised. “He pitched a strong game and did not walk a batter, which was a big key.”

Hall went a perfect 3-for-3 for the Mustangs with two RBI and a run scored and Walters was 2-for-4 with an RBI and run scored.

Kyle Rine paced the Braves with two hits.

Both teams continue non-league action on Tuesday, as the Mustangs (1-0) travel to West Jefferson and the Braves (0-1) host Southeastern.

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