The Orange Leader
WEST ORANGE —
West Orange-Stark received a tough battle from Orange County rival Orangefield Friday night but the Mustangs remain perfect in District 21-3A play as they held off the Bobcats 5-4 at Anderson Field.
It was a nice pitching duel between WO-S’ Aidan Anderson and Orangefield’s Blake Permenter.
Anderson allowed seven hits while striking out 13 and walking four. Permenter allowed just five hits while fanning 14 and walking just one.
The Mustangs improve to 14-1 overall and 3-0 in 21-3A play. The Bobcats are now 4-12 overall and 0-4 in 21-3A play.
The Mustangs went up 5-4 in the bottom of the fourth with a couple runs.
Tanner Hogan reached on an error and went to second on an error and scored when Grant LaPoint-Teate crushed a triple that rolled all the way to the wall in right. LaPoint-Teate came home to score when Grant Anderson plated him with a sacrifice fly.
The Bobcats went up 4-3 with two runs in the top of the third.
Mack Patterson roped a deep double and Tryce Howard drew a walk. Patterson eventually scored on a wild pitch and Howard came in after Westin Crian belted a deep dpuble to centerfield.
WO-S went ahead 3-2 in the bottom of the second by getting two two-out singles.
Jack Dallas led off with a single to left. With two outs, Peyton Robertson delivered a RBI single up the middle.
After Grant Anderson when to first on a third-strike passed ball, Aidan Anderson delivered a single up the middle to plate Robertson.
The Bobcats struck for a pair of runs in the top of the first off four hits.
Caleb Hussey led off with a single to left but was out at second after a fielder’s choice bunt by Matthew Kress. Patterson slapped a single to right and Permenter drew a walk to load the bases. Kress was able to dart home after Howard reached on an infield single.
Crain then dropped a RBI single to shallow centerfield that scored Patterson. Mustang centerfielder LaPoint-Teate then made a great throw to the plate as Mustang catcher Grant Anderson was able to tag out pinch runner Austin Fincher.
The Mustangs snagged a run in the bottom of the first.
Peyton Robertson reached on a one-out error. Grant Anderson smashed a double down the third-base line and Aidan Anderson was hit by a Permenter pitch to load them up. Cameron Williams drew a bases-loaded walk as Robertson was able to trot in.
The Mustangs will be back home Tuesday when they play host to Buna. Orangefield has a bye Tuesday and will visit Buna next Friday.