The Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs’ (18-6) season came to an end on Wednesday night as they fell to Wheelersburg in the district semi finals game 8-0.
Things were quiet for both teams in the first inning, with Lynchburg able to notch a hit in their half. Neither team scored in the second as starting pitcher Wes Smith for the Mustangs was able to pitch out of a jam and leave a runner stranded on third base. In the third inning, Wheelersburg struck for the first runs of the game, bringing two players around the bases to score. In the next inning, Wheelersburg was able to take the score to 5-0, scoring another three runs and then capped off their scoring in the sixth with another three to bring the game to its final score of 8-0.
For the Mustangs, things just weren’t going their way, as even when they hit the ball hard, it found its way into the glove of a Wheelersburg fielder. Lynchburg had four hits on the day with Kendall Vilvens leading the pack with two of those hits. Devin Pierson and Christian Inman each had one hit.
Smith, the starter for Lynchburg went 3 1/3 innings and Bricen Hess came in a pitched the remaining 2 2/3.
“Wheelersburg is a very offensive oriented team,” said Mustangs’ Head Coach Garyn Waits after the game. “Probably the most offensive oriented team that we’ve seen. Tonight was nothing to shake our heads about. Sometimes you just get beat. That’s the way it works. We didn’t help ourselves early kicking the ball around a little. Usually the cleaner team that has the most hits is that guy who’s going to be on top. That wasn’t us tonight.
“This season is nothing to hang our heads about and that’s what I ended with talking to the guys tonight after the game. Yeah it doesn’t feel good now, but when you look back in 15-20 years, that 18 win season is going to look pretty good.
“We had eight seniors this year and that’s a heck of a foundation we’re going t have to get rid of but that’s just the way it is.”
Reach Robert Stegbauer at 937-393-3456 ext. 1679 or on Twitter @RStegbauer.