For the first time in 24 years the West Orange Stark Mustangs have reached the pinnacle of Region III baseball playoffs. This week the Mustangs take on Huffman-Hargrave for the regional championship and are now just one series away from the state baseball tournament.

The Mustangs advance after knocking out Carthage last week in the semi-final round. WOS dropped game one 9-0 but coming back and mopping up with game two, 7-3, and winning the round, 4-0, in game three.

Grant Anderson is on the hill in game one for the Mustangs. RECORD PHOTO: Meri Elen Jacobs

Grant Anderson is on the hill in game one for the Mustangs. RECORD PHOTO: Meri Elen Jacobs

Mustang pitching in game two by ace Aidan Anderson and two home runs by Grant Anderson and Grant Lapoint-Teate stunned Carthage. Mustang team effort kicked-in again in game three with sophomore pitcher Jack Dallas on the mound. Dallas collected the win on the hill for the complete game shut-out victory. The Mustangs had punched the ticket to become a challenger for the Region III championship this week.

WOS faces the Huffman-Hargrave Falcons who downed Center in the first two games of their semifinal round, 3-1 and 13-4. Huffman had knocked the Bridge City Cardinals out of the playoffs two weeks ago in the quarterfinal round but it took them 8 innings to secure a victory in the single game contest.

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The Region III championship series between the Mustangs and Huffman will take place at Lamar University beginning Wednesday at 7 p.m.. Game two will take place on Thursday at 5 p.m., with game three, if needed, to follow.

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The Mustang dugout empties to greet Grant LaPointe-Teat as he returns to home plate following his homerun that helped propel WOS to victory. RECORD PHOTO: Meri Elen Jacobs

Photo – WOS Mustang slugger Grant LaPoint-Teate smacks a home run game two. RECORD PHOTO: Meri Elen Jacobs