Mullen baseball remained in a tie for the Centennial League lead on Thursday with a 13-1 victory in five innings over Smoky Hill.
At Bill Swift Field, the Mustangs climbed to 11-3 overall, 5-1 in league with their third consecutive victory and sixth in seven outings. Mullen is ranked No. 5 in Class 5A
They went for 10 hits and freshman right-hander Thomas Stewart earned his first victory.
Of the good things head coach Phil Stanford witnessed, he said “I saw a freshman than came out here in varsity baseball and pitched for us. We had a pitch count on him and wanted to see how far he could go, what he can do and what his composure looks like.”
In his previous five appearances in relief, Stewart, who has committed to Virginia, had been hit for 10 runs, only two earned, including in late-inning losses. But on Thursday, Stewart, in four innings, gave up three hits, an earned run, walked one and struck out eight.
“I don’t care who you are,” Stanford said. “It’s Centennial League baseball. He went out there and got a ‘W’ today.”
Offensively, Andrew Brady and Dom Gamueda each had two hits. Six others hit safely with Ryan Jackson driving home three runs and Sage Hurley two.
“Any time you can put up 13 runs,” Stanford said, “it’s good.”
Mullen be idle until Tuesday, April 26, when it will visit Overland in league at Tony Schenbeck Field, first pitch at 4:15 p.m.
MULLEN 13, SMOKY HILL 1, 5 inn.
Smoky Hill 000 10 -- 1
Mullen 205 6x – 13
Mullen – Hurley 2-2-1-2, Riley-Combs 1-0-1-1, A. Brady 3-2-2-1, Krza 2-1-1-1, Jackson 3-0-1-3, MacKenzie 2-1-0-0, Marsh 3-1-1-0, R. Brady 2-2-1-1, T. Stewart 1-2-0-0, Gamueda 3-2-2-1. Totals 22-13-10-10.
LOB – 3. SB – A. Brady, Krza, MacKenzie. BB – T. Stewart 2, R. Brady, MacKenzie, Hurley. 2B – A. Brady, Marsh, R. Brady.
Pitching – T. Stewart (W) 4 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 1 BB, 8 K; Fuentes 1 IP, 1 H, 0 R, 0 ER, 1 BB, 2 K.
In Aurora, the Mustangs beat host Grandview 6-1 in league.
“It was a better day for us,” head coach Jera Sturgell said, “even through it was s-o-o-o-o windy.”
The Mustangs, defending 4A champions, were swept in their previous match, a nonleaguer against 5A Ralston Valley.
Lexi Yost (No. 1) and Marin Smith (No. 2) won in singles for Mullen.
Paige Nielsen-Madeline Crites (No. 1), Aubryanne Leugers-Renee Hoyt (No. 2), Clara Dailey-Claire-Lenich (No. 3) and Grace Brouillette-Avery Walters (No. 4) made it a sweep in doubles.
MULLEN 6, GRANDVIEW 1
No. 1 singles – Lexi Yost, Mullen def. Shriya Ginjupalli 7-5, 2-6, 10-6.
No. 2 singles – Marin Smith, Mullen def. Halia Pena 7-6 (4), 6-2.
No. 3 singles – Sam O’Brien, Grandview def. Savanna Hanley 2-6, 6-4, (10-4)..
No. 1 doubles – Paige Nielsen-Madeline Crites, Mullen def. Ella Mahaffy-Josie Knab 6-2, 6-2.
No. 2 doubles – Aubryanne Leugers-Renee Hoyt, Mullen def. Grace Kirkpatrick-Samira Mickelson 6=3, 7-6 (8-6).
No. 3 doubles – Clara Dailey-Claire-Lenich, Mullen def. Jaye Avery-Ava Stubbs 6-4, 6-1.
No. 4 doubles – Grace Brouillette-Avery Walters, Mullen def. Cadence Caprise-Channing Wiorthington 6-0, 6-0.
In Centennial, the Mustangs put up two goals in each half in a 4-1 decision of host Eaglecrest.
The victory moved them to 8-4 overall, 4-2 in the Centennial League.
“They played real well,” head coach Matt Degitis said.
Anna Johnson went for two goals, one in each half, and Keelee Rakowski and Sloane McCarter each had one.
Brooklynn Rich, Mattea Parsons, Izzy Turner and Kate Vezzani were credited with assists.
Degitis also praised freshman keeper Morgan Stewart for a strong week, permitting only two scores over two matches, one on a penalty kick.
Mullen will have Senior Day on Tuesday, April 26, against Arapahoe to wrap up league play. It will begin at 4:30 p.m. A victory would clinch a tie for third place in league with the Warriors.
MULLEN 4, EAGLECREST 1
Mullen 2 2 -- 4
Eaglecrest 0 1 -- 1
Mullen goals – Anna Johnson 2, Keelee Rakowski, Sloane McCarter.
Mullen assists -- Brooklynn Rich, Mattea Parsons, Izzy Turner, Kate Vezzani.
At Brother Bernard Kinneavy Field at De La Salle Stadium, the Mustangs fell 16-11 to Arapahoe.
Mullen dipped to 3-6 overall, 1-4 in the 5A East League.
Charlie Beck topped Mullen with five goals. Haley Vanek and Jordan Weber each had two.
It was the final home match for the Mustangs in the regular season. They will finish with three on the road next week, beginning with Fairview in Boulder on Tuesday, April 26, 7 p.m.
ARAPAHOE 16, MULLEN 11
Arapahoe 10 6 -- 16
Mullen 3 8 -- 11
Mullen goals – Charlie Beck 5, Haley Vanek 2, Jordan Weber 2, Evie Beck, J.J. Johnson.
Mullen saves – Maggie Martinez 9.