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Mustangs power past Fayetteville

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Stephen Forsha, The Highland County Press

Winning in run-rule fashion on Monday evening, the Lynchburg-Clay Mustangs defeated the host Fayetteville Rockets, 12-2 in five innings to secure a Southern Hills Athletic Conference win. 

The win improves the Mustangs to 9-2 in the SHAC Division I standings, in second place, as they trail the Eastern Warriors, who are 8-1 in the conference standings. LCHS has two SHAC games left on the schedule (West Union and Manchester), while Eastern has four (Manchester, Whiteoak, Peebles and Ripley). 

In the win on Monday (April 29), the Mustangs led 3-2 after the first inning and 5-2 when the second inning came to a close. The Mustangs added one run in the top of the third and six runs in the fourth inning for their 12-run total. 

Fayetteville finished with three hits and four errors, while the Mustangs had 12 total hits and two errors. 

Two Lynchburg-Clay players each had three hits, with Cole Wells finishing 3-for-3, totaling one run, three RBI, a double and a walk. 

Christian Flowers was 3-for-4 with one run and five RBI as he hit a double. 

Braedon West was 2-for-2 with two runs, one RBI and a walk, and teammate Austin Bell also had two hits at 2-for-3 with two runs, a double and one walk. Bell and West also each had two steals. 

Elam Faust was 1-for-4 with one run, while Trevor Niehaus was 1-for-2 with two runs and two walks. 

The Mustangs also had two walks and a HBP by Josiah Burns, and Cody Bell finished with two RBI. 

Wells was the winning pitcher, going the distance, pitching all five innings of the run-rule win. Wells allowed two runs (one earned) on three hits and one walk, with seven strikeouts. 

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