Mustangs C squad goes 1-2 on the week

Stormy Jameson

The Lovell Mustangs C team took an 11-3 loss to Powell on Thursday before splitting with Sheridan on Saturday, winning game one 9-5 and falling 19-8 in game two.
Against Powell, Easton Morgan led the way offensively with two hits at the plate while Max Morgan, Rocco Rael, Jaxson Miller and Lucas Miller had a hit each.
Kannon Owens took the loss on the mound after getting the start, going three innings and giving up four runs and striking out three batters.
A trio of Mustangs pitched in relief, but five errors in the field hurt Lovell’s defense.
“We have 17 kids out this season for our C team,” coach Greg Rael said. “That’s more than we’ve had since I’ve started coaching, and 10 of those players are 13 years old or new to Legion baseball, so we have a fairly young roster per se.”
In the 9-5 victory in game one against Sheridan, the Mustangs scored at least one run every inning to provide steady offense.
Jaxson Miller, Rael and Mac Morgan all recorded two hits to lead the Mustangs C team, while Owens added another.
The duo of Aaidan Walker and Owens handled pitching responsibilities and combined for eight strikeouts, allowing five runs (four earned) and only walking four batters.
“There’s such a big jump from Little League to Legion ball,” Rael explained. “The distance between bases, the pitcher’s mound to home plate, stealing bags, the bats and so on.”
Rael understands that there’s definitely an adjustment period for the younger players and expects to see it early in the season.
In game two against Sheridan, the Mustangs managed to plate eight runs but couldn’t contain Sheridan’s offense.
There were individual hits by Hudson Miller, Easton Morgan, Lucas Miller, Kade Durtsche and Taevyn Gruell.
“As the season progresses, we’re hoping to see these kids grasp what’s being taught in practice,” Rael said. “It’s like anything we do, the more we do it, the more familiar we get with it and the better we get doing it.”
Up next, the Mustangs C team will have hosted a doubleheader with Powell on Wednesday night and will face the Gillette Prep Renegades on Saturday at 3 and 5 p.m. in Cowley.
“We have over 35 games scheduled over the next couple of months, so the season’s still young,” Rael added. ”Come July, I hope we’re rocking and rolling.”