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August 18, 2017

Mustang’s Baseball Season Concludes

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The Smoky Mountain High School Baseball team traveled to Huntersville on Saturday to face lake Norman Charter in the second round of the state 2 – A playoffs. The Mustangs sent Zebby Matthews to the mound and saw a spectacular performance. Matthews surrendered a base hit single in the first to Grayson Hickert but he was left stranded at first. Other than a walk in the fourth it was three up and three down until the fifth inning when Logan Ansted led off the inning with a single. Ansted was retired when Max Doherty hit into fielders choice. After a strikeout Daniel Alperi rounded the bases with a line drive two RBI home run.  The ball hit directly on top of the left field fence and bounced over.  Mustangs center fielder Bryce Junaluska was just one stride short of making the catch. With the game tied  Matthews retired the side in order again in the sixth inning. The Mustangs had the opportunity to take the lead in the top of the seventh. Designated hitter Parker Williamson was robbed of a hit and possible extra bases by Knights right fielder Jacob Hage. The top of the order delivered with back to back singles by Matthew Ridley who had three singles in the game and Bryce Junaluska who got his first hit of the day but the Knights closer Evan Borsich struck out Cole Hooper and got a fly ball from James Hinson to end the Mustangs threat with runners at second and third.  The bottom of the seventh was a one pitch and one hit event. The sixth batter in the knights order Landon Calton drove Matthews first pitch out of the park for the walk off win by Lake Norman Charter who will face Franklin on Tuesday in Franklin. The Panthers advanced with a 4 to 1 win over Bunker Hill.  The Mustangs finish the season with a record of 18 and 8.  The Mustangs will return a strong core of players for next season but say farewell to Matthew Ridley, Trevor Lewis, Bryce Junaluska, Andrew Thomas, Cole Hooper, Devon Stevens, and Parker Williamson. Thank you Seniors for all the wins and excitement in all sports that you have given Mustang fans over the past four years.

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