The Mustang Broncos completed a perfect run through Class 6A District 4 on Tuesday, cruising past the Jenks Trojans in a 12-1 road win which capped the team’s regular season slate and marked its second straight district title.
The Broncos (19-6, 14-0) stayed hot at the plate with 16 hits, including four doubles, while starting pitcher Amelia Mason (Jr.) held the Trojans at bay with one run on five hits.
Mustang wasted no time, scoring four runs in the top of the first inning.
Arionna McElroy (Sr.) and Eden Anderson (Sr.) each singled in the frame, including a two-RBI knock by Anderson for a 2-0 lead. Reese Poage (So.) and Kenzie Sessions (Sr.) each doubled, extending the lead to 4-0 after a two-run line drive by Sessions.
McElroy, Anderson, and Sessions combined to go 7-for-13 at the dish.
After scoring one run in the top of the second inning, the Broncos poured it on in the fifth, scoring four runs on five hits, a walk, a hit-by-pitch, and a groundout to extend the lead to 9-1.
McElroy started the run with a leadoff single followed by a double by Anderson, scoring the senior catcher to make it 6-1. Poage reached on a walk in the following plate appearance before an RBI-double by Lexi Kierstead (So.) for a 7-1 lead. Sessions grounded out, but scored Poage in the following at-bat, and then scored on a RBI-single by Madeline Rush (Jr.), extending the advantage to eight runs.
Lexi Kierstead (So.) swings at a pitch during a game earlier this week against Midwest City. Kierstead helped lead the Broncos to a 12-1 win over Jenks on Tuesday, capping the regular season schedule with a record of 19-6 and the district slate with a perfect record of 14-0. (Photo by Ron Lane / Lane Images)
The Broncos capped the victory with three runs in the top of the seventh inning.
Sessions led off with a base hit and later scored after back-to-back singles by Emerson Pegram (Sr.) and Shaye Rowe (Sr.). After a single by Rylann Beeson (So.), McElroy made it 11-1 with an RBI-single of her own. Anderson followed with a sacrifice-fly to extend the lead to 12-1.
Mason polished off the complete-game effort with seven strikeouts and just two walks. She needed 111 pitches and faced 31 batters.
Mustang now turns its focus to the 2023 postseason, starting with the regional tournament next week. Coach Lacy Darity’s squad plays host to the Edmond Santa Fe Wolves (16-16) from District 3 and the Trojans (13-11), who finished fourth in District 4.
The Broncos and Jenks start the tournament at noon on Tuesday, Oct. 3 at the Mustang Softball Complex. Mustang takes on Edmond Santa Fe at 4 p.m.
The winner of the regional advances to the 2023 state tournament.