Mustangs pound Panthers
ARMSTRONG – It only took two at bats for the crowd at the Armstrong-Ringsted baseball field to realize exactly what kind of game they were in for on Friday night as the Mustangs pounded the Corwith-Wesley-Luverne Panthers 19-0 in the first game of a doubleheader.
After leadoff man Travis Hantelman drew a walk to open the game, senior left fielder Tyler Tonderum smoked a ball past the centerfielder and the Class 1A 100 and 200-meter champ put his wheels to use, scoring on an inside-the-park homerun to put his team up 2-0.
The scoring resumed in the second inning as Evan Hagebock, Tonderum, Brett Thackery, Spencer Clausen and Ethan Eisenbacher each crossed home plate in the inning to put the Mustangs on top 7-0.
A four-run third inning, highlighted by Eisenbacher’s second two-RBI double of the game put A-R on top 11-0 before the Mustangs scored eight runs in the fourth thanks to seven C-W-L errors.
Clausen earned the victory on the mound and despite being slightly outshined by the Mustang’s offensive explosion, was dominant in his four innings of work. The junior right-hander struck out seven Panthers on the night and after plunking back-to-back batters in the first inning, sat down eight consecutive before giving up two singles in the top of the fourth.
Eisenbacher led A-R at the plate, as the senior second baseman went 3-4 with six RBI, two runs scored and two stolen bases.
Tonderum was 2-5 with four runs scored and an RBI.
Thackery was 1-4 with an RBI and two runs scored, Clausen was 2-3 with two runs scored and Tyler Fedderson was 1-4 with a run scored and two steals.