Offense was certainly not hard to come by Friday night in Dallas Center as the DC-G baseball team welcomed in the Boone Toreadors.
There were 19 total hits pounded out between the two teams but a big seven hit inning by the Toreadors helped down the Mustangs 11-6.
Dallas Center-Grimes was the first to strike doing so with a two run second inning courtesy of a two run double by Tyler Merical. That lead would hold for just one inning before the ever opportunistic Boone offense erupted for a nine run top of the fourth. The Toreadors scored on three wild pitches, drew three walks, and blasted two home runs in the inning alone.
Kyle Endsley initiated what would be a strong come back for the Mustangs in the bottom of the fifth. That began a streak of four straight hits including a two run home run by Brandon Risius who collected his third long ball of the season. After the game Risius talked about a new approach at the plate that aided in the long ball.
“There was a drill coach had us do in batting practice and it stuck with me,” began Risius. “I’m a big fan of Evan Longoria and his stance and I remember when I was younger watching him be just so calm and so smooth with his swing and that’s what I tried to imitate tonight.”
The home run assured continuance of a slight hitting streak for the senior who now has at least one hit in four straight outings.
Unfortunately, Risius’s heroics at the plate were not enough to boost the Mustangs past the Toreadors offensively as Boone picked up two more insurance runs in the sixth while holding off a bases loaded Mustang rally in the seventh. Logan Smith took an 0-2 count and shook off four straight balls to earn a walk, but from there a strikeout would finish off the game.
On the mound the Mustangs used a multitude of pitchers who aside from the big fourth inning, allowed just two runs and five hits. All together it was a four pitcher night which after the contest, head coach Byron Peyton mentioned as intentional for a few reasons.
“Most everybody had a pitch count tonight,” began Peyton. “We needed to save arms for next week but we also wanted to keep fresh pitchers on the mound as much as possible and it worked out fairly well tonight.”
With the loss the Mustangs once again find themselves in a unique situation. DC-G baseball does wield a less than ideal 6-14 record but do wield 138 hits and a dugout full of teammates.
“We are not what our record looks like,” started Risius. “We are a team that can go toe to to with the best in the state and we have. We’re a team that has bonded with each other on and off the field which is something you don’t see too much these days.”
Coach Peyton echoed those feelings and adding that the direction of the team moving forward hinges on the mental side of the game.
“Ninety percent of this game is mental and if you lose your mental focus it’s that much harder to win,” began Peyton. “This team showed a lot of fight tonight after being down so much early. This team has fought hard all season and the record we have does not come close to describing the type of team we have.”
The Mustangs will be back in action with a home double header on Monday, July 2 against Norwalk.