Pair of come-from-behind victories has U-14 Mustangs on a roll
Three tough road games remain on the Lansing Mustangs' summer schedule, but the 14-and-under baseball team enters that stretch riding a two-game winning streak.
The Mustangs rallied past Bonner Springs for an 8-7 victory on June 19 and then made a late charge for a 7-6 win against Tonganoxie on Thursday, June 21.
Brady Barnes tossed a complete game with six strikeouts against Bonner, and he also provided some offensive support with two RBI. Zach Hammer also continued his streak of being hit by a pitch as he was drilled for the ninth and 10th times of the summer. Hammer's final beaning was critical to the victory. It came when he led off the final inning. Hammer later scored on a double by Ethan Johnson, and Johnson scored the go-ahead run on a balk.
Johnson took the mound against Tonganoxie and struck out six in three innings of work. The Mustangs trailed 6-3 in the third inning when Garret Hinckley laced a run-scoring base hit. Then Robert Lewis ripped a two-out single that plated two runs and tied the game.
Caleb McQuillan stole home in the fourth inning and gave the Mustangs a 7-6 lead. Barnes then closed out the game in relief by striking out the final two batters to seal the victory.
The Mustangs are now 4-3 this season.