Make no mistake, Monday was Mark Hull’s night.
Crossing the state line certainly had little effect on Hull, the McDonald County Mustangs’ pitcher, as he finished a hit shy of a no-hitter and perfect game. He instead settled for the shutout as he allowed one hit, struck out six and didn’t walk anyone in the Mustangs’ 7-0 victory over Siloam Springs.
The only hit of the night for the Panthers came from No. 9 batter Levi Tompkins. By that point, the Mustangs were already cruising as they built a cushion with a five-run second inning. They added one more in each of the fourth and fifth innings to make it 7-0.
Zack Peck and Evan Acuff led the way at the plate for the Mustangs with two hits apiece. Acuff did damage with both of his — both doubles — as he drove in two RBIs and scored a run. Peck had an RBI and scored twice, while Cooper Dill and Trenton Frazier also had hits. Dill drove in two runs.
The Mustangs (5-6) open play at the Mickey Mantle Classic in Commerce, Okla. at 2:30 p.m. Thursday against Kansas (Okla.).