By Zach Adams
MANTACHIE – In order to be successful in Game 2 of their Class 2A series with East Webster, the Mantachie Mustangs felt they needed to reduce the number miscues and walks that cost them in their 7-6 Game 1 loss on Saturday.
That didn’t happen.
The Mustangs walked six and gave up four unearned runs, three on wild pitches and one on an error, as they lost 4-0 on Monday to East Webster, giving the Wolverines a 2-0 series sweep in their 2A playoff series.
East Webster now waits on the winner of the Baldwyn-Eupora series, which is tied 1-1, with Game 3 scheduled for today.
“We came out and chipped away early and got some runs,” East Webster coach Wesley Johnson said. “We had an opportunity to open things up with the bunting game, but didn’t execute. At the same time, the kids come out here every day and battle and give it all they’ve got. I couldn’t ask any more of them.”
East Webster (18-9) got on the board in the top of the first when, after Derek Jones walked and advanced to third on a ball in the dirt, Jones scored on a wild pitch. The same thing happened in the third and again in the fifth. An error in the sixth plated a runner from third.
Wolverine starter Brock Flemmings pitched a complete-game gem, giving up just two hits with three strikeouts and one walk. Mantachie (12-15) starter Hunter Dill, meanwhile, struggled with control but went five innings, giving up three runs on four hits with four strikeouts and six walks.
“Brock didn’t have a very good outing at East Union in the last series and we challenged him,” Johnson said. “He really did a great job for us. He is a junior and has a lot of good days ahead of him.”
The Wolverines took advantage of Mantachie’s mistakes in their series, something they plan to replicate as they wade deeper into the playoffs.
“We make most of the routine plays and take advantage of what other teams give us,” Johnson said. “We like to bunt and move people around and scratch runs out.”