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Dalas, Mustangs shut down Hawks

WEST ORANGE —Jack Dallas serves up 14 strikeouts in the West Orange-Stark Mustangs’ 3-0 shutout win over the Hardin Jefferson Hawks Monday night.

Dallas walked just three batters and allowed four hits in the District 24-4A opening win for the Mustangs (9-4, 1-0).

The Hawks appeared to have brought their A-game early in the contest. Dylan Rivers led off the top of the first inning with a single shot to shallow center field. Logan Thompson followed with a monster double to put runners at second and third base. After the early batting showcase, Dallas and the Mustangs settled down and handled business as Dallas struck out the remaining two batters leaving two Hawk runners stranded.

A hot first inning put the Stangs’ out front early as the Hawks were unable put points on the board.

Peyton Robertson started WO-S off with a lead off single. KJ Miller delivered a huge RBI double to drive home Robertson for the first score of the game.

After Dallas and Ryan Ragsdale took free bases after Hawk pitcher Garrett Neale walked both batters to load the bases, Neale tossed a wild pitch to the the next batter which allowed the speedster, Miller, to steal home and make the score 2-0. Chad Dallas singled to bring home Jack Dallas for a 3-0 lead after one complete inning.

There was no struggles for Jack Dallas on the mound. He sat down his next seven of nine batters heading into the fifth inning as the Hawks had no answer at the plate. Dallas worked the inside corner to perfection as he worked inning by inning. He’d polish off his stellar night striking out the final two batters of the night in the top of the seventh.

Despite the shutout win, the Mustangs struggled at the plate. They were unable to notch another run after their three-run first inning. The Stangs’ made contact with the ball and put runners on the bag, but was unable to bring those runners home as they left 9 stranded on the night.

Miller finished the night 2-3 with a run scored, two stolen bases and has been hot all season batting .657.