Dallas tosses no-no, Mustangs throttle Bears 9-0
LITTLE CYPRESS — It was smooth sailing for the West Orange-Stark Mustangs against rival Little Cypress-Mauriceville Wednesday night, especially in the case of Mustang junior pitcher Chad Dallas.
Dallas worked his magic throughout the night as he tossed a complete-game no-hitter as the Mustangs routed the Bears 9-0 at Gibbens Field to stay alone in first-place in the District 22-4A race.
The Bears (11-10, 1-5) simply had no answer against Dallas as he piled up 14 strikeouts. The Bears had just three baserunners on the night, one via a walk and two from Mustang errors.
The Mustangs (17-3, 6-0), meanwhile, mustered just four hits against LC-M pitching. However, the Bears utilized six pitchers that allowed eight walks, hit two batters and they made four errors.
The Mustangs scored three runs off LC-M starter Truman Franklin in the bottom of the second inning with just one hit.
Ryan Ragsdale drew a leadoff walk and swiped second and Tre Bernard would reach on an error and both runners advanced a base on a wild pitch.
With two outs, Kaleb Ramsey was intentionally walked to load the bases. However, Blake Robinson, batting ninth in the WO-S lineup, made the Bears pay when he ripped a two-run double down the third base line.
BB Tezeno drew a walk to load the bases again and Ramsey eventually scored when a pickoff attempt at second went astray for an error.
WO-S tallied their fourth run in the third.
Jack Dallas reached on an error at short, getting all the way to second base and he moved to third on a deep flyout to centerfield by Ragsdale and scored on a wild pitch.
The Mustangs tacked on five more runs in the sixth frame as the Bears used three pitchers in the frame.
WO-S would benefit from four straight walks with Tezeno getting a bases-loaded RBI walk to make it 5-0. KJ Miller was then hit by a pitch to bring in another run.
Jack Dallas would get a fielder’s choice RBI to plate Robinson, who had walked.
Miller raced in to score on a throwing error to make it 8-0 and Chad Dallas brought in brother Jack with an infield single. Chad Dallas finished 2-for-3.
Ragsdale had a two-out double to right for the Mustangs in the fifth.
The Mustangs return home Thursday to tangle with Hamshire-Fannett while the Bears will visit Bridge City.