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Cade Fulton pitched against Yukon on Monday night in game one of the double-header. (Staff photo by Derek Brown)
 
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

Just because it is summertime does not mean that the rivalry was treated less seriously.

Mustang and Yukon squared off on the diamond for a double-header on Monday on Mustang’s turf. The Broncos were able to jump off to an early lead in game one and were able to hold onto that lead winning 7-3. Yukon turned the tables on the Broncos as they stepped up to the plate and were able to start game two with a lead of their own. It was a lead that Mustang could not overcome and fell 6-4 to split the night 1-1.

“I’ve got guys in spots that I probably wouldn’t normally have. I probably would’ve swapped them out but I want to see what they can do I want to see how they react,” Mustang coach Sean Brooks said.

Mustang was all over Yukon’s pitcher in the game one with a five-run inning to begin the game. Mustang added one run in the second and the sixth inning. 

The Millers earned a run in the top of the fourth and were attempting to rally down 7-1 as they went into the top of the seventh. Yukon could only muster two runs after the Broncos rolled a double play from that went to home plate and then to first base to end the first game in style.

“I think we were fine. We were wanting to win,” Brooks said. 

Much like a magnet game two was a polar opposite of game one for Mustang. It was Yukon that held a 3-0 lead after two innings. 

Mustang did assemble a lead change after bringing in two runs in the bottom of the fourth and the bottom of the fifth for a 4-3 lead. 

Yukon did not go away as they answered right back by earning one in the top of the sixth and two in the top of the seventh. 

With a rally very possible for Mustang the Broncos had the bases loaded with two outs but could not bring in the tying or game winning base runners to fall 6-4.

“In game two we just kind of drug around a little bit,” Brooks said. “We just didn’t have the intensity.”

Mustang now looks toward the postseason beginning on June 21. The Broncos look back at when they began the year and hope that going into the tournament they are playing their best baseball.

“We’re a lot better right now. We’re finding guys that can field ground balls and make throws. We’re finding guys that can throw strikes and we’re finding guys that come up big at the plate for us,” Brooks said. “We’re a lot better than what we were when we started the summer. We’re heading in the right direction.”

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