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Jacob Rateliff throws a pitch at Yukon against Carl Albert last Tuesday afternoon. (Staff photo by Derek Brown)
 
By Derek Brown
Staff Writer

TULSA – The Broncos did what they needed to do during their summer season, win.

Mustang beat Weatherford in the finals be the best team in the state during the summer league.

“They played well. They had some guys gone but still played well. They played through it and were able to win that,” Mustang coach Scott Selby said.

Some may say that it is just summer league, but Selby knows that it was not something that came easy.

“That’s equal to the best from the west is playing the best from the east. It’s close to the state championship in summer ball as you can get,” Selby said.

Mustang beat Jay in the first game at the big show in Tulsa. The Broncos then fell to Weatherford in the first meeting 3-2. But the Broncos bounced back and beat Jay for the second time in the tournament. Mustang made their way to the semi-finals after their second win over Jay and beat Deer Creek. The Broncos made it to the championship game against Weatherford, the team that beat them in the first meeting but were able to put that behind them when they won the entire tournament.

“It’s a little bit more laid back than school ball is. It’s just a chance for them to kind of improve on the skills that we’re going through in the spring and trying to make them better. They’re doing that. I can see them working on things that we talked about,” said Selby. “We have an opportunity to get better before we open up again next year.”

Shawn Carn coached the Broncos for much of the summer season. 

“He did good. I brought him in because I know that he hates losing. That’s what these guys need. They need to be around somebody that is not used to losing and doesn’t like losing. It’s easy to say that you don’t want to lose but everybody don’t take it hard enough,” said Selby. “Everybody says they don’t like losing but you’ve got to hate it so much that you find a way not to do it.”

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