In the final home game of the regular season and much as it has done throughout 2022, Mullen won big, stayed within the midst of the chase to be a home site for Class 5A regionals and continued to improve.
On Tuesday, the Mustangs rolled Arapahoe 11-1 in the Centennial League at Bill Swift Field to move to 16-5 overall, 10-3 in league. They are as high as fifth in assorted, current rankings and no lower than sixth in others.
“We talked about being able to play our best baseball as the (regular) season comes to a close and we get into the playoffs to do some damage,” head coach Phil Stanford said. “You want to play your best baseball then.”
Senior righthander Owen Marsh went for five innings and pleased Stanford with 102 pitches, allowing only three hits, just the one run and 10 strikeouts. He also kept the Warriors loose in the box with six walks and five wild pitches.
“Today,” Stanford said, “Owen pitched really well and gave up one run. When he got into trouble, he found a way out of it.”
Said Marsh: “I was throwing freely and I felt good. My mechanics were smooth.
“I feel like everyone (on our team) is starting to play their best baseball. I mean, we have to … and we’re working toward it.”
Offensively, Stanford added, “our bats were there, we were aggressive on the base paths and we did what we had to do.”
On Senior Day, the Mustangs went for 12 hits and every 12th-grader but one got into the game, a high point for Stanford. And Andrew Brady’s onslaught of a season continued – he was 3-for-4 with a double, triple, three runs batted in and thred scored. In 2022, he has 14 doubles among 22 extra-base hits.
Trevor Moore added a home run and Thomas Stewart drove home two.
Tied with Cherokee Trail atop the Centennial, the Mustangs will complete league play on Thursday, 4:15 p.m., at Arapahoe and CT will be at Smoky Hill in Aurora.
The Mustangs will finish their regular season on Saturday at Mountain Range in Westminster, 11 a.m.
MULLEN 11, ARAPAHOE 1, 6 inn.
Arapahoe 001 000 -- 1
Mullen 241 121 -- 11
Mullen – Hurley 1-0-0-0, Hawes 1-0-0-0, Riley-Combs 1-0-0-0, A. Brady 4-3-3-3, Krza 3-0-1-0, H. Stewart 4-1-1-1, Paz 1-0-1-0, Krieger 1-0-1-0, Jackson 0-1-0-0, MacKenzie 2-3-1-0, Moore 1-2-1-2, Marsh 4-1-1-1, R. Brady 0-0-0-0, T. Stewart 2-0-1-2, Gamueda 2-0-1-0. Totals 27-11-12-9.
SB -- Moore 2, T. Stewart. LOB – 10. BB – Hurley 2, MacKenzie 2, Moore. 2B –A. Brady, Marsh. 3B – A. Brady. HR – Moore.
Pitching – Marsh (W) 5 IP, 3 H, 1 R, 1 ER, 4 BB, 10 K; Shellhorn 1 IP, 0 H, 0 R, 9 ER, 1 BB, 1K. SF – Stewart. HBP – Moore 2, R. Brady. WP – Marsh 5, Shellhorn. R. Brady awarded 1st on catcher’s interference. T – 2:40.