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March 25, 2014

Cardiac Mustangs erase Buna in five-run 7th

WEST ORANGE — There is something special in the air for West Orange-Stark baseball this season.

The Buna Cougars found that out the hard way Tuesday night.

Jacob Hryhorchuk’s two-run single with two outs in the bottom of the seventh brought home the winning run as the Mustangs erased a 4-0 deficit going into the inning to pull out a dramatic 5-4 District 21-3A victory at Anderson Field as WO-S improved to 16-1 overall and more importantly a perfect 4-0 mark in loop play.

“I couldn’t be more prouder of the kids,” said Mustang coach Shea Landry. “We always preach to them about playing the whole seven innings out. We could’ve got down on ourselves there in the seventh and we didn’t. They just love to compete, that’s what I love about this group. We’ve won four in a row to start district and each one has had plenty of drama. I think I’m starting to get a few gray hairs here and there but it’s been fun.”

Buna (1-4 in district) starter JM Kelly was humming along as he worked six innings of four-hit shutout ball.

He walked Jack Dallas to start the bottom of the seventh and was pulled for reliever Joe Clark. Kelly ended up striking out five and walking four.

Tanner Hogan, the first batter Clark faced, reached on an infield single as the Mustangs had two on with no outs.

With one out, Peyton Robertson drew a walk. Grant Anderson, who pitched a superb game for the Mustangs, promptly belted a RBI single to center to score pinch runner Henry Forward. Aidan Anderson followed with a RBI grounder to plate Hogan as Robertson was out at third to put two outs on the board.

Clark walked Cameron Williams to load the bases and Hryhorchuk came up with the dramatics, slapping a tough single up the middle that brought in the two runs for the emotional victory.

Grant Anderson, despite battling a knee injury, worked all seven innings on the hill for the Mustangs. He allowed seven hits while fanning nine and walking three.

“Grant was a bulldog out there tonight,” said Landry. “He had to deal with an injury and we made a few bad plays behind him but he’s always right there encouraging his teammates. We’re just happy to get out of here with a big win over a very good Buna team.”

The game was scoreless until the top of the fourth when the Cougars scratched in a pair of runs.

Kelly had a leadoff double to left. Jacob Palmer brought him home with a single to right.

After Raydon Taylor doubled to left, he eventually scored on an errant pickoff attempt at first base.

The Cougars tacked on two more runs in the top half of the fifth.

Kreston Richardson singled to center and Kelly reached on an error. Taylor made it 4-0 with a two-out single, two-run single to left.

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