By Doug Gorman
It was pitcher by committee Monday afternoon for Ola High School, and the strategy worked as five different hurlers helped lead the Mustangs to a 10-2 victory over Forest Park in a Region 4-AAAA spring break contest.
Darrly Dickey started the game for the Mustangs, Bobby Woodall finished the job, and A.J. Sunstrom, Mike Venturelli, and Grant Perkins worked on the mound in between.
The victory improved Ola's record to 14-2 overall and 7-1 in Region 4-AAAA action. Forest Park dropped to 3-14 overall and 0-8 in Region 4-AAAA action.
Ola, which is ranked No. 2 in the gasports Class AAAA poll, won the contest despite spotting the Panthers two runs in the top of the first and not playing its best baseball.
"We know we can't overlook anybody," Ola head coach Ryan Parejko said.
"Forest Park really came to play today, and my hat is off to them for that. We really didn't put them away until the sixth inning."
Forest Park put a dent into Ola's plans for an easy game with two runs in the top of the first inning to grab an early lead.
Darren Holloman ripped an RBI double and Kyle Nelson drove in a run with a single to push the Panthers out to the 2-0 lead.
The Mustangs struck back with five runs in the bottom of the first inning as 11 men came to the plate.
Brad Blount poked an RB I double and Cameron Lewis knocked in two runs with his single to help spark the Mustangs' to a 5-2 lead.
Woodall reached on an error and scored a run in the bottom of the second inning and Ryan Arnold reached on an error and scored on Andrew Crumbley's triple.
Ola's pitching staff took over starting in the top of the second with 10 straight strikeouts through the fifth inning.
After an offensive drought of its own, Ola brought three more runs around to score in the top of the sixth. Decota Cole smashed a double in the inning, and scored when Brad Blount brought him around to score.
Blount later scored the second run of the inning and Cameron Lewis walked and scored the final run of the game.