Mustang (26-6, 12-1) entered Tuesday’s matchup with Westmoore (22-6, 9-2) seeking revenge after a 10-3 loss to the Jaguars last month.
It’s a drink best served cold.
The Broncos shutout Westmoore 6-0 on seven hits and a complete-game performance from Kylie Dodson (Jr.), all but sewing up the regular season district championship as well as a host spot for regionals next month. The team rallied around two homeruns, a packed house and an electric atmosphere, something coach Jamie Roberts says helps as the team heads towards postseason play.
“Huge thanks to our fellow baseball, basketball, pom and cheer people for coming out tonight,” she said after the win. “It was like a playoff atmosphere here at the field and that’s what we need. It’s hard to replicate that.”
Mustang came nowhere near replicating its prior performance against the Jaguars, lighting up Westmoore pitching with four extra-base hits, including homeruns from MacKenzie Donihoo (So.) and Zoe Jones (Jr.). The duo went back-to-back in the top of the second inning to secure a 5-0 lead and ultimately the win.
“The fact that they beat us on their field and we didn’t play our best was something we knew coming into tonight,” Jones, who went 2-for-3 adding a double in the fourth, said. “We beat them every game last season so we thought they were just going to hand it to us in that last game. Tonight we come out and played like we should.”
Dodson, who allowed 10 runs in the previous matchup, found her touch, mixing in off-speed pitches regularly while keeping Westmoore’s hitters off balance, something she says was a problem last month.
“Last time the off-speed wasn’t working,” she said. “I basically had to pipe in in there for them. This time I made sure everything was working so I could keep them guessing and made sure the movement on all of my pitches was working before the game.”
Dodson scattered six hits over seven innings with five strikeouts while not allowing a walk. Her ERA is now 1.42 over 21 starts.
“She had great command of all her pitches tonight,” Roberts said of Dodson’s performance. “She got ahead in counts and made them hit her pitch. And she got them to chase rather than struggling from behind. She looked great all the way around.”
Mustang can lock up the district title tonight with a win at Edmond North.
“I think we secured what we needed, but we still have to finish strong,” Roberts said. “We have to make sure we win on Thursday, but I think we’re ready to go.”