Independence 1, Myers Park 11
The season series between the Myers Park Mustangs and the Independence Patriots started on Tuesday night at Myers Park High School. The Mustangs entered the game leading the Southwestern 4A Conference stilled steamed about Indy upsetting them last year on their senior night and a week later Indy knocking the Mustangs out of the conference tournament. Indy went on to win the conference tournament.
The Patriots struck first scoring in the first inning. Indy’s first two batters flied out to the outfield. Noah Howie came to the plate and singled to right field. With Howie on first, Indy’s third baseman Brandon Moser came to bat and hit a shot to deep left scoring Howie to take a one run lead.
In the bottom of the third inning Myers Park’s Prez Cavenaugh tripled to center and scored on a Matt Halmrast sacrifice fly to center to tie the score.
Myers Park posted four more runs in the bottom of the fourth to take the lead 5-1.
The Mustangs ended the game in the bottom of the fifth scoring six more runs making the score 11-1.
Independence 100 00X X – 1
Myers Park 001 46X X – 11
Thursday’s Game, Senior Night
Myers Park 4, Independence 2
On Thursday night the Patriots honored six seniors: Raja Milton, Ben Hagan, Noah Howie, Drew Harris, CJ Brown and Hoven Perez as they played their final regular season game.
In the top of the first, Myers Park jumped out to a two run lead. With the Mustang leading 2-0 and two runners on and one out Jack Masonis hit a long fly ball to right. Indy’s Raja Milton made the catch for the second out. The Mustangs’ Preston Hall was on third base. He tagged and started home, but Milton threw him out at home turning a double play and ending the inning.
Indy answered back in the bottom of the inning. Bryson Jusko walked and worked his way to third. Jusko scored on a called balk. Noah Howie drew a walk and stole second. Brandon Moser came to the plate and hit a long sacrifice fly to left scoring Howie to tie the score 2-2. Unfortunately, those would be the only runs the Patriots would score.
The Mustangs picked up a run in the top of the fourth and added another run in the sixth making the score 4-2.
Indy’s Jonathon Todaro had a good outing for the Patriots. He went 6.2 innings before hitting the 105 pitch limit. Todaro had struck out the first two batters before being relieved by Ben Hagan who finished striking out the side in the seventh.
Indy finished the season with a conference record of 7-7 good for fourth place. They went 11-12 overall.
Myers Park 200 101 0 – 4
Independence 200 000 0 – 2