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Mustangs corral Raiders

The East Lincoln Mustangs defeated the South Point Red Raiders 6-1 Tuesday night.
The Mustangs jumped out to an early 4-0 lead in the first two innings and never looked back.
Seth Alexander earned his second victory of the year. Alexander pitched a complete game, allowing only four hits and walking three, while surrendering one run.
Mustangs head coach Matt Neville said that Alexander was in a good rhythm.
“He had a great command of his fastball and curve ball. He was able to get ahead early in the count and make them hit his pitch,” he said.
Pitching wasn’t the only strong area, as the Mustangs belted out 11 hits on the night. Neville said that the one part of his batting order really stood out in the win.
“The top of the order really came through. They got on base all night long. Trent Hovis is 6-7 over the last two games so he’s really coming on.”
Leading hitters for the Mustangs were Trent Hovis who went 3-4 with a RBI and stolen base, Mitchell Lynch who went 3-for-4 and Jake Black who went 2-for-4.
Michael Griswald also went 2-for-4 with a RBI, while Tyler Wilson was 1-for-2.
The difference in Neville’s eyes in their play simply had to do with things going their way against the Red Raiders.
“We had guys get hits tonight that have been getting good cuts, but have just been missing their pitch. Tonight, they were right on it. Mitchell was a good example of that,” he said.
The Mustangs raised their record to 3-11 on the year and 2-5 in the Big South 3A. Neville believed all three phases of the game led to the result.
“This was the first total team win that we’ve had. Tonight the pitching, the offense and the fielding was strong in every category,” he said.
The Mustangs defense also turned in a solid performance committing just one error.
“Jake Black played a very good game at shortstop. Chris Smith played a very good centerfield for us tonight. When things got tight late in the game Michael Griswald came through with three big picks at first base,” Neville said.
The Red Raiders were in third place in the conference entering the game.
The Mustangs will visit Ashbrook, the defending state champions and Big South pace-setter, on Thursday at 7 p.m.by John Mark Brooks

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