On Thursday, May 16, the Melba Mustangs dropped their first state tournament game to St. Maries 8-6.
Mustangs lost in seven innings at Rodeo Park despite outhitting St Marie’s eight to seven.
This led the Mustangs to Friday’s game against Firth.
Firth was unable to fight back from the big hole it dug itself into against Mustangs, and Firth lost 3-1 to Mustangs after falling behind by three runs in the fifth inning.
Firth scored one run in the fifth on an RBI single by Nick Anderson. Despite its efforts, Firth couldn’t get over the hump.
Austin Warfield racked up eight strikeouts in the Mustangs win. Warfield allowed one earned run, five hits and one walk over seven innings.
Mustangs didn’t relinquish the lead after scoring three runs in the fifth inning when it scored on a sacrifice fly by Bow McCormack and a two-run single by Danny Talbot.
The fifth inning saw Firth score its only run on the day on an RBI single by Anderson.
Next up for the Mustangs on Saturday was Malad.
Despite a big day at the dish from Tee Archuleta, who finished 2-3, Mustangs lost 15-6 to Malad Dragons at Rodeo Park.
Archuleta got on base three times in the game for Mustangs. He scored one run and had one RBI. He singled in the third and sixth innings.
Kyle Daniels got it done on the hill on the way to a win. He allowed three runs over four innings. He struck out four, walked three and surrendered three hits.
Malad Dragons hammered Mustangs pitching as six hitters had a field day, combining for 11 hits, 12 RBIs and 13 runs scored.
The game’s last lead went to Malad Dragons thanks to a first inning rally that saw two runs cross the plate on two sacrifice flys.
One run in the bottom of the third helped Mustangs close its deficit to 7-1. An RBI single by Archuleta gave Mustangs life. Finally, Daniels got Danny Talbot to ground out to end the threat.
Five runs in the bottom of the fifth helped Mustangs close its deficit to 10-6. An RBI single by Danny Talbot, a hit by pitch, a two-run single by Austin Warfield, and an RBI single by Nick Talbot set off Mustangs rally. Finally, Brody Hubbard induced an inning-ending ground out from Kayden Davies.
Malad Dragons built upon its lead with two runs in the sixth. The inning looked promising, as Goddard singled, bringing home Hubbard to kick things off. That was followed up by D Checkets’s single, scoring Goddard.
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