Baseball rallies four runs in dramatic walk-off victory


Ryan Lacy speeds home for the tying run in the bottom of the ninth inning off a sacrifice fly to center field from Chris Kaplan against Diablo Valley College.

Brendan Cross

The Los Medanos College Mustangs baseball team squared off against the Diablo Valley College Vikings Saturday and shined in the ninth inning, walking off with a 4-3 victory.

LMC starting pitcher Ben Polansky threw seven strong innings only allowing one earned run and striking out two. Polansky said that it felt good out on the mound and he was just trying to “throw strikes and keep my team in the game.”

Relief pitcher Jacob Jones came out of the bullpen and ended up getting the win, pitching a scoreless ninth inning while walking one and striking out one. Outfielder Nolan Roe was the hero of the day as he hit the winning single with two outs in the ninth that scored Will George to seal the game.

LMC had gone without an RBI for 17 straight innings before finally breaking through in the ninth inning scoring four runs off DVC closer Nathan Sax-Simmons.

LMC Head Coach Anthony D’Albora said that he was very happy with the walk-off win and added, “You have to find that little piece of the puzzle in your heart to do it with two outs in the ninth. So that is huge for us, but now we have to do it in the earlier innings.”

The bottom of the ninth was a culmination of good clutch hitting and fundamentals, poor defense from DVC, and a little bit of luck.

When talking about the emotions of the inning, D’Albora said, “I let these guys be rowdy and do whatever they need to do until the umpire tells me I’ve got to calm them down, but until that point, I want them to be animals in there [the dugout].”

LMC now holds a 3-5 record overall with four games left on their non-conference schedule before they finish out the year strictly against conference teams.

Their next home game is today at 2 p.m. against De Anza College.