Broncos claim first baseball title since 1982

OKLAHOMA CITY –“I knew we had the guys. We were already a good club, we just needed to all believe and get on the same page, and when we did, we became a really good ballclub,” Mustang baseball coach Keanon Simon said.
As it turns out, the Mustang Broncos were the last team standing when the season ended Saturday at the Chickasaw Bricktown Ballpark.
The Broncos used strong pitching from a freshman and the hot bat of a senior to knock off district rival Westmoore in the Class 6A State Baseball Tournament Championship game, 10-4.
Freshman Dax Fulton pitched the complete game, giving up five hits, four runs and five walks for the Broncos.
Senior Seth Selby was huge for the Broncos, going three for four at the plate, knocking in five runs.
“That was awesome,” Simon said of Selby. “All of these kids were great. We had a lot of great at-bats”
The Broncos finished the game with 10 runs off of 11 hits.
“We kept having good at bats. … When we got the ball over the plate, we hit it,” he said.
It is the first state title for the Broncos’ baseball team since 1982.
Winning the title wasn’t a surprise, Simon said, adding that he knew the team had the potential.
They advanced to the finals by knocking off Owasso, considered one of the nation’s top high school teams, in the opening game. Then the Broncos dropped rival Yukon in the semifinals.
“We were focused on what we needed to do. We can’t control the other teams or the umpires. We can’t control anything but us. If we just did what we needed to do, and I felt like if we did that, we would have success,” Simon said.
As it turns out, that was exactly what happened. However, it could have been totally different.
The Jaguars, the home team, were led by pitcher Eric Gutierrez, who opened the game with a strikeout, and saw the next two batters fly-out.
Gutierrez would eventually pitch 3 1/3 innings, giving up six hits and four runs but would not walk a single batter. He finished without a decision. Backup Austin Warfel took the loss for the Jaguars, pitching four innings in relief. He gave up six runs on five hits and walked two batters.
Fulton struggled in the opening stanza, seeing the entire line up at the plate. He gave up three runs in the first inning, but then settled down, giving up only one run for the remainder of the game.
Simon said he told his players to shake off the early nerves.
“I told them to get back to controlling what we can control. We came out a little nervous and didn’t make the plays we normally make. We got back to doing what we do that makes us successful… We had that for a couple of (bad) innings, and then, one inning everyone got back into it,” he said.
That one inning was the fourth where the Broncos scored three runs to tie the game at 4. In the fifth, the Broncos added a fifth run and then blew the game open with a five –run seventh inning.
Simon said he could see the momentum growing, but knew his team was not out of danger.
“Westmoore is a good team. You can never have too much momentum against a team like that. They are coached really well. When you get in the state tournament, it is a fight” Simon said. “When you get to the state tournament, it depends on what you can do. You have to do the simple things better than the other team.”
The Broncos finished the season with a 28-10 record. The Jaguars finished at 27-13.

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