Stunning loss for LMC Mustangs in extras

Game against Fresno City Rams now turns into a win-or-go-home


Mohammad Najimi

Los Medanos College Mustangs baseball player Colton Trudeau hits the ball into the outfield for a single.

Mohammad Najimi, Staff Writer

The Los Medanos College Mustangs battled the Folsom Lake College Falcons on May 12 and were stunned in extra innings as they lost 10-7. They blew a lead going into the ninth inning and couldn’t finish the game.

The game started off fast for the Falcons as they scored first with a single from JT Waldon scoring Chris Catalano from second. Their half inning ended, and the Mustangs came up to bat. The Stangs tied it with a single from Michael Weber scoring Bubba Rocha in from second.

No one scored in the second inning, bringing the Falcons up to bat in the third. Andrew Neil doubled, JT Waldon singled and another run for the Falcons scored as Logan Sutter grounded into a double play that Neil managed to come home on.

In the bottom of the third inning, LMC tied the game again after Bubba Rocha doubled scoring Pierce from first but was tagged out attempting to stretch to third base.

LMC took the lead for the first time in the game in the bottom of the fourth with a solo home run by Nico Torrez.

The next two innings, not one batter was able to reach second base as both Borelli and Neil were dealing incredible pitches to end the innings for their teams.

In the top of the seventh inning, Folsom tied the game at three off an error by shortstop Darrell Mays trying to pick off the runner at first after he caught a liner straight into his glove.

LMC then retook the lead in the bottom of the seventh inning with a bases-clearing double by Michael Weber, giving the Stangs a 6-3 lead going into the final two innings of the game.

Folsom cut the Stangs’ lead down to two as Drake Digiorno hit a home run off Rocco Borelli in the top of the eighth inning.

LMC couldn’t put an extra insurance run in the bottom of the eighth as they took a 6-4 lead into the ninth inning.

In the top of the ninth inning, Ryan Radkey took over on the mound for Borelli after Catalano singled to center with one out. Radkey then gave up a single to Neil, placing runners on first and second with one out in the inning. Waldon came up to the plate, hit the ball to Mays and committed another fatal error allowing Waldon to reach first, Neil to advance to third and cutting the Stangs’ lead down to one with only one out in the inning. With Neil at third base, Sutter came up and received a prayer as he would stretch out his bat and get a sacrifice fly tying up the game going into the bottom of the ninth inning.

The Stangs couldn’t walk it off as the game went into extras tied up at six runs apiece.

The Falcons couldn’t score in the top of the 10th as LMC had a chance to win it again in the bottom half of the inning. They threatened to win with bases loaded and one out in the inning, but both Nico Torrez and Colton Trudeau struck out, ending the inning.

In the top of the 11th inning, two straight singles from Neil and Waldon gave the Falcons a chance to score. Sutter struck out and Nate Vargas was hit by pitcher Radkey loading the bases for the Falcons with one out in the inning. Digiorno came up to the plate and smacked the ball into center field over Seth Gwynn’s head, clearing the bases and giving Folsom Lake a 9-6 lead. Another run scored as Wyatt Reginatto singled scoring in Digiorno from second extending the Falcons lead to 10-6 going into the bottom of the inning.

LMC threatened once again with bases loaded, but this time with zero outs giving them a good chance to tie up the game. However, only one run scored as after Rocha struck out, Weber walked, scoring Will Ramirez from third. Both Borelli and Khamani Blakney struck out ending the game for the Stangs.

With the Stangs’ loss, they now face off against the Fresno City Rams once again trying to stay in the playoffs. If they win the game against Fresno City, they move onto a double header against Folsom on May 13, but if they lose, they are officially eliminated from the postseason, ending their season.