The Eldon Mustangs will finally have a a chance to catch their breath this Wednesday. After playing three games over the weekend in the Salem Tournament and a home game on Tuesday against California, the team finally has some time off, with their next game scheduled for Monday, April 22.
In their Friday night match against Licking, their first match of the Salem Tournament, the Mustangs fell prey to Licking's offense, losing a 13-3 contest.
Joseph Limbach led the Mustangs' efforts with three hits on the night and 2 RBI's, but it wouldn't be enough, as Licking's bats kept powering away, while their defense held firm, thanks in part to a solid pitching effort by Licking's Roberts, who finished the night with seven strikeouts.
Licking scored three runs in the first inning, taking a 3-2 lead over Eldon, and in the second inning, they went to work, scoring five runs for an 8-2 lead. After a scoreless next two innings, Eldon would finally answer with a run in the fifth, but Licking would once again score another three runs before driving in two more in the bottom of the sixth to end it all, 13-3.
Wyatt Greenwalt pitched the loss, striking out three batters, throwing a total of 97 pitches on the night. Skylar Yakich finished out the game, tacking on one strikeout.
In their next contest, the Mustangs would take on the St. James Tigers on Saturday afternoon, and the Mustangs would prove to be victorious, defeating St. James in a 6-4 contest.
After trailing 2-0 after the first two innings, the Mustangs rallied in the fourth inning, scoring three runs to add on to the one run scored in the third, taking a 4-2 lead. Eldon would tack on two more runs in the seventh, but managed to hold back St. James' rally, allowing just two runs.
Dylan Wood pitched the win, finishing the game with six strikeouts. Wood also had two hits on the day, batting in a run on a double. Chase Cook, Patrick Souders, and Jesse Carman also finished the game with an RBI each.
The Eldon boys wrapped it all up in their final match of the tournament with a 14-4 loss to Salem later that afternoon.
Chris Hulsey took the mound for the Mustangs, striking out two batters. He was relieved by Joseph Limbach, who also struck out two on the day.
Two seemed to be the number for both Limbach and Hulsey, as both Mustangs finished the day with two RBI's each, the only runs batted in by the Mustangs.
Trailing 5-0 after the first inning, Eldon would not get on the scoreboard until the third inning, batting in two runs. Salem quickly retaliated with another three runs.
Despite Limbach and Hulsey's efforts, Eldon would only score two more runs in the fifth, while Salem batted in six in the sixth for a 14-4 win.
Both Limbach and Wood were named to the All-Tournament team.
Eldon now prepares for a tough match against the California Pintos at home on Tuesday night.