Justin Wiskur and the Northwest Mustangs arrived in O’Fallon Sunday with two games and at least a fourth-place finish at the Class 1 Missouri State Baseball Tournament scheduled.
Monday, the team didn’t play an inning, and the third-place game was eliminated.
An isolated shower postponed the other Class 1 semifinal game between Bell City and Silex. They resume at 10 a.m. today with Northwest scheduled for 12:30 p.m. The championship game is scheduled for 10 a.m. Wednesday.
Wiskur said the game’s postponement was disappointing. But, another night at the Holiday Inn Express – where families and players for both Northwest and their opponent, New Covenant, resided for the tournament – is a small price to pay.
“Our community looks forward to baseball season,” Wiskur said. “This is a big thing for our community. We travel well.”
Rylan Chamberlin is scheduled to start for the Mustangs against the New Covenant Warriors. He pitched five and 1/3 innings the sectional matchup against Drexel. Wiskur said Chamberlin was their big-game guy.
“He’s been the guy who’s pitched in, I would say, the biggest games or against the toughest teams,” Wiskur said. “He just seems to really keep his cool on the mound. It puts our best defense behind him with Connor (Tichenor) at short.”
A win tomorrow secures a possible rematch against defending state champions, Bell City, should they advance over Silex. The Mustangs lost an 11-1 game in the final four to Bell City last year behind a sloppy defensive performance.
That’s if games are played in O’Fallon, where Weather.com gives a more than 40 percent change of precipitation in the morning and around noon.
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