TRINITY — The combination of timely hitting and great pitching worked wonders last season for Mitchell.
But with pitching phenom Patrick Schuster graduated and in the Arizona Diamondbacks' farm system, the Mustangs are starting to showcase several new, young aces.
And junior Conner Hale is among them, pitching a five-inning gem Friday as the Mustangs notched 14 hits in an 11-1 six-inning win over Ridgewood.
"Our hitting is finally coming around," Mitchell coach Scot Wilcox said. "And it is a lot different than last year where our pitching would motivate our hitting. But this year is a little different, and we've got some good hitters on our team and I think our team is starting to figure it out."
Mitchell (8-3) figured out Ridgewood starter Andrew Donaldson fairly quickly, as he lasted just two innings before being relieved by Mike Rinaldi.
The Mustangs scored two quick runs as outfielder Steve Brown scored on a double by Hale (two strikeouts), and later Hale would score on a fielder's choice. The Mustangs tacked on another run in the second, three in the third, one in the fifth and four in the sixth to end the game early.
The Rams (5-6) could not get it going offensively and collected only three hits, two of which were infield singles.
"The score indicated how we played, and that's the bottom line," Ridgewood coach Larry Beets said.