HENRIETTA - While their team motto for the season might have been an accident, the play of the Muenster Hornets this past weekend was anything but.
Facing a stubborn Archer City squad in the regional quarterfinals, MHS managed to rebound from a slow performance in game two, to crush the Wildcats in the finale, advancing into the Regional Semifinals from Bearcat Field in Henrietta.
“We kind of found our motto by accident during a practice earlier this year,” Muenster coach Mark Stevens said. “Whatever it takes just became our motto, and for that to work you need to have unselfish players and that’s what we have with this team. We had a feeling that if we could get to the third game that we would be alright.”
Next up for the Hornets will be Crawford, who survived their Regional Quarterfinals series 2-1, over Axtell.
Game one of the best-of-three series will take place Thursday night at 6:30 p.m. from Bowie High School, with game two set for Saturday at Glen Rose High School with a third game to follow if necessary.
Archer City 8 MHS 3
It’s not often that an ejection can fuel a comeback.
But that’s exactly what happened Friday night in the second game of the series.
With Muenster leading 2-0 in the top of the sixth inning, an interference call was issued on Archer City’s Clayton Hargis for stepping in the way of Carson Cheaney’s throw to second base on a steal attempt.
ACHS head coach Wes Johnson then voiced his displeasure with the decision, resulting in him being ejected from the field.
The turmoil only fired up the Wildcats as they would hang seven runs in the inning, leading to a series-evening victory.
MHS got on the board in the bottom of the first inning when Clay Stevens scored on a throwing error at first base off a ground ball from Trevor Cheaney to make it 1-0.
Trace Klement would score the second run of the game to make it 2-0 after a botched double play off a ground ball from Sammy Saucer in the bottom of the fifth inning.
Things fell apart in the sixth as three errors helped lead to seven ACHS runs.
Klement managed to get MHS one run back in the bottom of the seventh when he scored on a wild pitch.
Blayne Jones took the loss for the Hornets on the mound throwing 1/3 of an inning allowing two hits with four runs and one walk.
MHS starter Brennan Binder threw 5 1/3 innings of work allowing three runs on five hits with one walk and five strikeouts.
Ty Tucker got the win for the Wildcats on the mound, throwing a complete game allowing three runs on three hits with two walks and six strikeouts.
MHS 15 Archer City 3 F/5
Every comeback begins with a spark, and the Muenster Hornets found theirs in Carson Trubenbach and Brennan Binder Saturday morning.
A five run second inning put the Hornets in the lead, before a 10-run fifth inning finshed the game off in style as MHS claimed the victory in five innings.
Down 1-0 in the top of the second after an RBI single from Dawson Bolf, Muenster freshman Carson Trubenbach stepped up to the plate and delivered his first home run of the season to left field, tying the game at 1-1.
Then it was another freshman getting a stroke of luck as Stetson McGrew found just enough space down the first base line to drop in a bloop single and score Cal York to give MHS a 2-1 lead.
Clay Stevens would be the third run of the inning for the Hornets as he scored via a throwing error at first base off a ground ball hit by Seth Flusche to make it 3-1.
In total, Archer City committed 15 errors in the three-game series.
Brennan Binder then delivered the biggest hit of the inning.
Binder stepped up to the plate and smashed his first career home run to almost the exact spot where Trubenbach’s fell, giving MHS a 5-1 lead.
Despite ACHS getting two runs in the bottom of the third to cut the advantage to 5-3, MHS wasn’t phased in the least.
A pair of RBI hits from Blayne Jones, along with RBI hits from Trevor Cheaney, Clay Stevens (2) and Binder, the Hornets were able to put the game away with 10 runs in the fifth.
MHS scored two runs off bases loaded walks, and three runs off errors, with two of them coming via dropped fly balls in the outfield.
McGrew got the win on the mound for the Hornets, throwing two innings of work allowing two runs on one hit with seven walks.
Cal York threw 2 2/3 innings of relief in which he allowed no runs on one walk with one hit and four strikeouts.