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Mustangs are enjoying a banner season

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By Mickey Patterson

 GOSHEN – In what may be the biggest season ever for the North Oldham High School baseball team, it just might be the biggest week as well.

The Mustangs, 16-4, were scheduled to face South Oldham Wednesday. A win over the Dragons would give NOHS a split with SOHS on the season, and if Oldham County beats Trimble County the same day, throw the race for the district tourney into a three-way tie between the county’s three baseball   programs. “It will be interesting to see how it all works out,” NOHS coach Matt Walker said. “It’s been an interesting season between the three of us.” The tiebreaker is least runs given up in district games. NOHS has a slight edge having allowed 22 runs while OCHS has allowed 24 and SOHS 25. For NOHS, the season has been one of a solid senior group coming together after taking their lumps the past two seasons. “These guys have been with me since they were sophomores and the same with our juniors,” Walker said. “They have been a fun group to coach.” The Mustangs have rolled to the strong record with some big wins this year including victories over traditional regional powers Anderson County and OCHS and an upset of 18th ranked Bullitt East last week. The season has hinged on the experience and an improved offense. “The biggest thing is we have been hitting the ball really well,” Walker said. “We have been scoring runs and it’s been a lot more fun.” Senior first baseman Nick Harley along with catcher Tyler Cheatham, outfielder/pitchers Mike Gant and Chris Tyler and middle infielders Connor and Quint Heady have all had their offensive outbursts this season at one point or another during the season. Tyler and Austin Love have emerged as the staff aces, especially Tyler who has a 7-1 record with an ERA of 1.4. Love has posted an ERA of 1.6 this year. “Our pitching has been outstanding at times with those two,” Walker said. With the 16 wins the Mustangs are close to reaching a season goal of 20 wins, capping the previous program best of 18 wins.  That would put them in contention for a regional crown with pre-season favorite Shelby County along with OCHS and Carroll County. Shelby beat the Mustangs 2-1 earlier this year while NOHS split with OCHS and will play Carroll County next week. “If we can have a good week and close the season strong we can certainly reach that goal,” Walker said. “The region is up for grabs this year. I think whoever makes it out of our district has a legitimate shot at winning it.”   E-mail us about this story at: sports@oldhamera.com.