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Mustangs break out the bats
South Effingham scores 25 runs in knocking off Lee County, Evans
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A trip to Evans proved worth the South Effingham Mustangs’ while.

The Mustangs baseball team beat Lee County 13-9 and host Evans 12-7 Saturday, going to 3-1 on the season with the two wins.

“We hit the ball well,” Mustangs coach Tony Kirkland said. “We got a little help, and we fed off it. They made some mistakes, and we were able to capitalize. We made our share, too, but not near as crucial as there’s. I was real proud of the kids. They took a nice approach, and they didn’t shy away from anything.”

The Mustangs scored four runs in splitting their first two games of the season and mashed 25 hits to post 25 runs Saturday.

“I’ll take those numbers any day,” Kirkland said.

Against Lee County, two Mustangs newcomers picked up career firsts in impressive fashion. Tyler Dodd homered for his first varsity hit and Jake Youmans singled for his first varsity hit and had an RBI. Among the veterans, John Roberts was 2-for-3 with a homer, a double and three RBIs. Zach Anderson had a double and knocked in three runs, Chris Zittrouer was 2-for-3 with a double and two RBIs, Ryan Baggott was 2-for-3 and Michael Miller was 2-for-4.
Jesse Osborne went five innings and allowed two earned runs, striking out two before giving way to Matt Lancaster and Ian Byrd.

The Mustangs continued their impressive hitting up and down the lineup against Evans. Colby May was 3-for-5 and drove in one run and Roberts was 3-for-4 with a double and also drove in a run. Marcus Ziegler was 2-for-5 with a double and three RBIs, Zittrouer was 2-for-5 with a double, Anderson was 1-for-3 with a RBI, Cam Morris doubled and knocked in a run, Miller was 1-for-3 and Youmans was 1-for-1 and drove in another run.

Matt Zettler went the first 5 2/3 innings, allowing five runs, and Travis Wooten struck out one over the final 1 2/3 innings.

The Mustangs traveled to Savannah to play Jenkins on Monday and will meet county rival Effingham County Tuesday at 6 p.m. They will go to Lyons on Thursday to play Toombs County, giving them six games in eight days.

“Everything is designed to get us ready for the end (of the season),” Kirkland said.