MUSTANG – It was Hammer time Monday.
Anna Hammer (Jr.) dominated, cruising to a complete game shutout with seven strikeouts in an 11-0, five-inning win over Putnam City. She allowed just one hit and one base runner as she mowed down the Pirates with a well-manicured fastball and a diving changeup.
“They don’t pick it up as well,” Hammer said of her off-speed pitch after the win. “And it was pretty good tonight.”
“She had great command of her pitches,” Mustang coach Jamie Roberts said. “When she’s on she’s throwing that off-speed effectively and seven strikeouts is a ton I don’t care who you’re playing. We really needed that out of her with seven more games this week.”
Hammer primarily plays second base, but also toes the slab in when Kylie Dodson (Jr.) needs relief. She understands her role and tries to step up when her number is called.
“Sometimes it’s frustrating because you always want to pitch more,” she said. “But with Kylie there it’s hard to complain. I just have to be ready when they call me.”
Hammer didn’t need much help, however, the Bronco lineup provided plenty of punch with a five-run first inning and a six-run third. Zoe Jones (Jr.) led the way, going 2-for-3 with a triple, a double and three RBIs. Hammer finished with an RBI herself, driving in a run in the bottom of the first and Karis Clark (Jr.) and Audrie Morrison (Jr.) each drove in a run. All nine starters finished with at least one hit.
The Broncos racked up six hits in the bottom of the first, including three straight RBI-knocks by Jones, Morrison and Clark and a two-RBI single by Hammer later in the frame. They cranked out six more hits in the bottom of the third, including a pair of RBI-triples by Jones and Clark.
The win marked Mustang’s fourth straight coming off a win over Edmond North and two wins in the Stillwater festival over the weekend.
“As long as we focus on us and not who we are up against, we’ll continue to stay on this roll,” Roberts said.
The Broncos travel to Putnam City North Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. before heading to Erie, Colorado for the 2016 Tournament of Champions Friday and Saturday.
Trey Hunter is the sports editor at the Mustang News. He has covered Mustang High School sports for three years in an editorial role and has covered Oklahoma high school sports for the last five years. He can be reached by phone at (405) 659-9898 or by email at email@example.com.