Mustangs fall to the 49ers

Yuba finishes strong

The Los Medanos College baseball team lost to Yuba College in a back and forth battle. The final score was 7-5, decided in the final inning.

The Mustangs’ starting pitcher was Mike Alexander, who ended with five strikeouts in six innings. The 49ers starting pitcher had four strikeouts and allowed nine hits, compared to Alexander’s seven.

Thursday afternoon’s game was scoreless until the fourth inning. LMC started the game off striking first, while Alexander gave the Stangs a solid start only allowing one hit early in the game.

LMC’s first score came from catcher Ethan Utler off an RBI by outfielder Hunter Stone. Stone ended the game with two hits while Utler had three.

Run number two came in the same inning after LMC’s Derek Slate got on base. He made it home off a ground ball out by infielder Carlos Carillo. The Mustangs were now up 2-0, but the 49ers did not lay down.

After the fifth inning saw zero runs scored, Yuba hit the ball well and capitalized in the sixth inning by scoring four runs. 49ers’ Tanner Seibel hit an RBI bringing in a run from Jorge Castro for the first score on Yuba’s end.

Seibel would later score off infielder Brandon Metoyer’s RBI that would ultimately tie the game up 2-2. Metoyer later would steal second and score another run off another RBI hit from Yuba by outfielder Brian Murphy, giving them the lead.

Yuba’s outfielder Ryan Glazner scored later in the sixth off a hit by Yuba’s Kyle Pruneau. The 49ers were now ahead of the Mustangs 4-2 in the sixth inning.

With LMC now at bat in the sixth, they were able to bring in one run after the onslaught by Yuba. Cody Luther batted in Stone with a double that tightened the score at 4-3.

In the seventh inning, LMC was able to get on base and score some runs. Infielder Jeremiah Francis got on base first and would move to second off a sacrifice bunt by Jared Ambuehl. Jerome Hill then got a base hit, moving Francis to third.

A wild pitch by Yuba brought in Francis and moved Hill into scoring position. Then, catcher Ethan Utler stepped up to the plate to knock in Hill to give LMC a one-run lead.

Yuba was able to rally back in the last inning of the game. Yuba’s Glazner had an RBI to tie the game up at five apiece and proceeded to tack on two more runs to give them a 7-5 lead that they wouldn’t relinquish.

Unfortunately, LMC was unable to bring in hits when it mattered most.

“We didn’t get that next hit, and obviously didn’t end the way we wanted to,” said LMC Head Coach Anthony D’Albora.

“You gotta give them credit, they had big hits and we gotta be more prepared offensively,” he added.

LMC had scoring opportunities later in the game that just didn’t quite pan out.

“It was a heavyweight game back and forth, we come back and get two to hold the lead,” said Yuba Head Coach Ryan Evangelho, adding, “the win is big for the team.”

The Mustangs next home game is Tuesday, March 17 at 2:30 p.m. against Napa Valley College.