BOKCHITO - The Rock Creek Mustangs’ season came to an end Friday night when they split a pair of regional playoff games.
Rock Creek got out of the losers bracket by defeating Dewar 16-6, but then Mustang miscues proved to be fatal against Rattan and they lost game two 14-4.
In game one against Dewar, the Mustangs drew first blood in the bottom of the first inning. With two on base, Kodi From put down a bunt and a bad throw to first base let Les Shumake cross home plate and then From, trying to make it to second, was caught in a run-down. But, Joe Phillips raced home and was safe and From was safe at second. The Mustangs led 2-0.
Dewar would answer back with two runs in the top of the second inning to tie the game at 2-2.
In the top of the third inning, Dewar would break the tie, scoring three runs making the score 5-2. Then Dewar would add another run in the top of the fourth.
Momentum would change in Rock Creek’s favor in the bottom of the sixth inning as they punished the ball, and Dewar, for six runs.
Mustangs Sawyer Halcomb, Leo Roper and Cameron Hammond loaded the bases in the bottom of the sixth inning, when Bronson Burns nailed the pitch for a liner into the outfield for two run RBI. With Hammond and Burns still on base and one out, Shumake smoked the ball to left field for two run RBI double. Then Dave Dill hammered a two run RBI double and Roper hit the game ending run for a 16-6 victory.
Things didn’t fare well in game two against Rattan. The Mustangs miscues were too much to overcome as Rock Creek’s season ends with a 14-4 loss to Rattan.
Rattan got on the board first when a Ram went for third and the throw from home wasn’t on target and the runner went home for the first run of the game.
The game would stay 1-0 in Rattan’s favor until the third inning when Kodi From hit one on a rope for an RBI single that would bring home Les Shumake to tie the game.
Then the wheels began to fall off for the Mustangs when Rattan posted five runs in top of the sixth inning to make the score 6-1.
Rock Creek rallied back when From and Leo Roper both hit RBI singles to cut into Rattan’s lead, 6-4. But that would be the last time a Mustang would cross the plate for the night.
In the top of sixth inning, Rattan’s bats began to pop and the Rams scored eight runs in the inning to put the game - and Rock Creek’s season - away.