By Allen Hamrick
The season also ended for the Lady Mustangs this past week when they butted heads in tournament play against Summersville Middle School and Ravenswood. The first was a game that left you scratching your head a little. The Lady Mustangs were facing the Lady Bears of Summersville for the third time this year in the first game of a single elimination CWVAC tournament. They sent “Smokin’ Brooklyn Morton to the mound to face them. She lived up to her title; as the Lady Bears sent batters to the plate Brooklyn set fire to them with her fast balls. The Lady Bears couldn’t hit anything she pitched. For them it was like trying to swat yellow jackets with a log chain. On the other hand, it was a feeding frenzy for the Lady Mustang bats; there wasn’t anything they threw that the Lady Mustangs couldn’t hit. At the end of the very first inning, the Lady Mustangs made them wish they hadn’t spent the gas money to come. It was 15-0 as jaws hit the dirt. It made a person wonder if a white towel would have been a good choice at the time. When it was over mercifully in the third inning, the Lady Mustangs won the game 17-0. Brooklyn Morton had once again pitched a no hitter, striking out four batters in three innings. Skiley Wilmoth had the hot bat going 3-3 with a double and 3 RBI’s. Jadeon Delwarte was 2-2. Lainey Nichols was 2-3 with 2 doubles and 3 RBI’s. Rylee Murphy was 2-2 with 2 RBI’s. Addison Taylor was 2-3 and Layla Parker was 2-2 with an RBI. Lily Nichols was 1-2 and had 3 RBI’s.
It was on to play the undefeated Ravenswood Middle in the second round. To Ravenswood the Lady Mustangs were just a stepping stone to the championship. For the Lady Mustangs it was stomp the mud hole dry or at least get your feet wet. The game was a nail biter, an all out assault on the fans’ clogged arteries. Rylee Murphy was given the task of bringing down the mighty Ravenswood Lady Red Devils. The Ravenswood hitters are some of the best in the league but Rylee Murphy pitched as good as any pitcher could for six innings, holding them to just three runs. The Lady Mustangs managed two runs in the game against one of the best pitchers anywhere; the game was locked at Mustangs 2 Ravenswood 3. It was then in the bottom of the 6th inning the Lady Mustangs lost a little focus and started committing errors. When the inning was over, Ravenswood scored seven runs.
The Lady Mustangs couldn’t get the wind back in the sails in the 7th and lost the game 2-10. The score may look like a rout, but it was far from it. However, all great things come to an end and for the Lady Mustangs, it was one of the best seasons they have had. They have done a great job giving a hundred percent in the pursuit of a championship, and in the end that’s all one can ask. Brooklyn Morton and Jaedon Delwarte were named All Conference, and Laniey Nichols was named All Tournament. They will lose some great players to the Lady Panthers next season, but the 6th and 7th graders on this team, if they stick together through high school, may just take a run at the state championship. The Lady Mustangs will be force to reckon with next season.