Mustangs beat Lake Mead to stay alive in NIAA 2A South
NEEDLES – After dropping a non-conference game against Williams 12-0 on April 23 the Needles High School Mustangs were trying to break their four-game losing streak when they beat NIAA 2A South League opponents the Lake Mead Eagles 9-0, 11-7 on April 26.
The doubleheader was a must win for the Mustangs if they wanted to stay in the playoff hunt. The game was important not only because of playoff seeding but because it was Senior Day and their last home game of the year.
The Mustangs started just like they wanted to. Dillon Horn pitched for the Mustangs, giving up seven hits and striking out eight batters.
The Mustangs didn’t score a run until the fourth inning when they finally broke the ice.
After the Mustangs got their first run the next eight came in bunches: two runs in the fifth, four in the sixth and two in the seventh inning.
The Mustang played an error-free game and took advantage of the Eagles’ five errors.
The second game of the doubleheader was a little bit different and a little closer than the Mustangs would have liked.
The Mustangs took the lead in the first inning, putting up three runs against the Eagles. In the second and third inning, the Mustangs were held scoreless and the Eagles scored one run in each inning.
On the mound for the Mustangs was Dawsen Yeager, who had eight strikeouts and allowed five hits in the game.
The Mustangs scored one run in the fourth and held the Eagles to none in the same inning. In the fifth inning, the game got a little testy between the Mustangs and the Eagles. The Mustangs used that situation as a momentum starter and it worked as they went on a five-run rally.
Both teams scored two runs each in the sixth inning, which made the score 11-4 with the Eagles up to bat. In order to extend the game to extra innings, the Eagles had to score seven runs in the seventh.
The Eagles had two on base when a hit up the middle brought one runner in. After the next batter was walked the Eagles bought two more batters in. The Mustangs knew that they needed to stop the run that the Eagles were on and the opportunity presented itself in the next play. The Eagles’ batter hit the ball up the middle, Dillon Horn fielded the ball and threw it to Yeager at second who threw it to Jacob Chavez at first for the double play. The Mustangs got the last out at first base to win the game.
The Mustangs’ last games of the regular season begin at 1 and 3 p.m. May 3 against the Mountain View Saints in Las Vegas.