The Post 65 17-Under Mustangs lost their opening game of the state tournament 4-3 to Paducah Post 31 Thursday night in Benton. The Mustangs, coached by David Lane, will play again at 7:30 p.m. on Friday.
“We lost a tough one today,” Lane said by phone. “We just couldn’t put the bat on the ball. We had two of our six hits in the first inning.”
The Mustangs jumped on top early with two runs in the first. Jacob Pooler led off with a walk and Bryce Logsdon doubled. James Kingery drove in Pooler, and Logsdon scored on a stolen base attempt by Anthony Phillips.
The Mustangs scored again in the sixth inning. Dylan Lane led off by reaching base on an error. Matthew Bellamy sacrificed him over. Dustin Asher followed with a single to bring Lane in for the Mustangs’ third run.
Addison Briggs and Lane Norris added hits for the Mustangs.
Kingery took the loss on the mound for Post 65, even though Lane said he pitched well.
“(James was a) tough luck loser,” Lane explained. “He gave up four unearned runs all in the second inning.”
Kingery went five innings, gave up five hits, while striking out five and walking two. Norris came on in relief. He threw two innings, giving up one hit, while walking one and striking out two.