By Neil H. Devlin, Mullen Sports Information Director
Mustangs ready to play ball after just one game in the 2020 season; lots of talent and lots of juniors, including Stanford commit Trevor Moore.
(Fifth in a series of previews for the new Season D.)
They are going to play ball.
When we last left the Mullen baseball team, the promising Mustangs opened 2020 successfully with a rousing 11-1 victory over host Highlands Ranch in five innings in nonleague.
But that was it.
Never mind the Mustangs were one of the few teams that actually got to play a game in Spring 2020. The coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic abruptly halted all competition.
More than a year later, Mullen returns after an idle spring, limited summer and fall competition, and an unusual, permitted pre-spring schedule that, of course, was contested in anything-goes weather.
It will be a junior-dominated group led by the quite talented Trevor Moore, a pitcher-shortstop committed to Stanford. His fastball can surpass 90 mph. He’s joined by No. 2 pitcher Henry Stewart, a left-hander who also plays in the outfield; No. 3 pitcher and first baseman Owen Marsh; third baseman-shortstop Andrew Brady; No. 4 pitcher Chase Brickley, a senior; No. 5 pitcher Henry Shellhorn; freshman catcher Ben Krza; and sophomore second baseman Sage Hurley.
The void left by the no-season should make for an unknown, interesting chase in Class 5A and Mustangs coach Nick Arcuri enters confident despite having nearly a dozen players entering their first varsity game.
“I feel really positive about this team and I think we’re in for a good year,” he said.
The Mustangs will have an 18-game schedule, 16 that count in the RPI and two others termed as foundation games, which are basically scrimmages. The first will be Saturday, May 1, at home at Bill Swift Field, against Fossil Ridge, first pitch at 11 a.m.
As usual, Mullen will play in the Centennial League.