The early part of the season hadn't gone nearly as well as C. MiltonWright baseball coach Jim Miller expected.
Miller had expected the Mustangs to be a strong-hitting team. But in a 4-3 loss to Curley and a 7-7 suspended game against Elkton, the Mustangs bats were not booming.
But on Wednesday the Mustangs snapped out of their batting slump to score 21 runs in two games and win the Elkton Baseball Tournament.
First, C.M. Wright romped over Dundalk, 14-2. Then it topped Christiana, of Delaware, 7-4, in the championship game.
"That's the way I expected them to hit," said Miller. "Losing to Curley, that didn't sit well with them. I think they expected to win, and it made them say, 'Hey, we've got to put things together.' This is going to let them know they're OK."
The Mustangs got off to a jittery start at the tournament, played at Eder Park in downtown Elkton. After one batter reached on an error, junior pitcher Lee Crouse gave up a home run to put Dundalk on top, 2-0, in the top of the first inning.
But theMustangs came back in the bottom of the inning as Ken Batten led offwith a homer to left field. Brian Mullhausen and Bill Simmons walkedbefore Scott Klista and Joe Reinhardt drove them in with singles.
After Johnny Manzari walked, Jason Asbury singled to put the Mustangs on top for good, 5-2. Later in the inning, Chris Knorr singled two more runs over.
The Mustangs also put together a seven-run second inning to finish off the scoring.
Asbury led the Mustangs going 3-for-5 with two singles and a triple. He had five RBIs. Knorr was 2-for-5 with a single, a triple and four RBIs.
On the mound, Crouse went four innings giving up one hit and one earned run without walking a batter. Jeff Swartz, a freshman from JV, finished off the last three innings.
In the championship game, which didn't wrap up until 11:35 p.m., the Mustangs also gave up a run in the first. Again, they bounced back in the bottom of the inning.
Jeff Hawk walked and Batten drove him over with a double. Knorr then brought in Batten with a single.
The Mustangs stretched their lead to 3-1 in the second inning. Reinhardt walked, advanced to second and third on passed balls and scored on a fielder's choice.
In the third, the Mustangs got four more runs as Klista singled in a pair and Asbury doubled over two more.
Christiana got one run in the third and two in the fourth, but never caught up. Relief pitchers Shawn Crouch and Asbury finished off the last four innings. Asbury pitched the last two innings and struck out two in the seventh.
Sophomore Brandon Bennett started thegame. In his four innings, he gave up only two earned runs.