By LEE ADAMS
The Mantachie Mustangs had a challenge in the second round as they faced the Ackerman Indians.
The Mustangs hosted game one of the series, but the Indians struck early to take a 2-0 lead after the first inning.
The Indians added to their lead in the top of the second on two passed balls with runners at third and a RBI double to center.
Trailing 5-0, the Mustangs got back in the game when Jake Layman hit a two run home run to left center.
The Mustangs were down by three, but they were still in reach until the top of the third.
Tyler Beaty was on the hill for the Mustangs, but he didn’t have his best stuff so the Indians extended their lead on a three run home run in the third.
Down 8-2, Beaty was pulled, and Layman was brought in to pitch.
Layman gave up a two run homerun, and the Mustangs trailed 10-2 after three innings.
The score remained 10-2 until the bottom of the fifth when Trey McWhorter hit a home run off the scoreboard in center field.
The Indians added a run to their lead in the top of the sixth on a RBI double and led 11-3.
Layman stepped up with two runners on in the bottom of the sixth and hit his second home run of the night.
The Mustangs fell 11-6 in game one and then hit the road Friday for game two.
In game two at Ackerman, the Mustangs offense couldn’t get anything going and were defeated 10-0 in five innings, eliminating them from playoffs.
The Mustangs will lose only one senior this year in McWhorter, so they will need to fill the catcher position.
The remainder of the Mustangs will return to their positions next year as defending division champions with playoff experience under their belts. So with eight returning starters, the Mustangs are sure to make a run for another division title.