LMC dominates DVC

Team cruises to fifth straight victory


Cathie Lawrence

LMC Pitcher Gabe Taylor #12

Carlos Ruiz, [email protected]

“Boom… boom………BOOM” yelled the whole men’s baseball team, which cued Young Jeezy’s song “Put on” and from there the Mustangs were focused from the first pitch to the last as they won their fifth straight game with an 8-3 stomping of the DVC Vikings.

The final regular season meeting between these teams saw LMC ace pitcher, Gabe Taylor, starting on the mound for the Stangs, successfully throwing with an ERA of 0.00 and with 19 scoreless innings to start the year.

It was a shaky start to the game for the Mustangs with the first two batters getting on base off first pitch hitting and the bases loaded with only one out. Yet Taylor finished strong, getting out of the jam after a groundout and a great diving catch by third basemen Antone Self leaving the first half of the inning scoreless.

Although the Vikings drew first blood at the top of the second inning, the Mustangs came back brilliantly with a sacrifice bunt by second baseman Jonathan Pluth at the bottom of the second and a RBI single by catcher Jason Hare in the bottom of the third inning giving LMC a 2-1 lead.

That would be the score for the next three innings until DVC got back on the board tying with a single and lead after a wild pitch. That inning ended when Taylor got his first strikeout of the game, which also ended his day on the mound.

In the bottom of the sixth the Mustangs once again showed whose boss responding to DVC’s two runs by putting two runs of their own after a cluster of mishaps in the infield. Then first baseman Jason Kreske’s powerful triple to right field gave the Stangs the lead with the score becoming 4-3.

Left handed pitcher David Quintero took Taylors spot, and struck out the first batter he faced and ending it quickly with two groundouts later, and picking up two more strikeouts in the next inning.

LMCs offensive machine wasn’t done yet, with Antone Self doubling and Pluth hitting into a fielder’s choice with a run coming in, extending the Stangs lead to 7-3 at the end of the seventh inning.

But the bats didn’t stop swinging in the bottom of the eighth. Two runs by two RBI doubles put the game in favor for the Stangs. Adding to the effort was great relief pitching courtesy of Quintero. He finished the game with four innings, three strikeouts and allowing no runs and the final score of 8-3.

“ We had chances early on in the game but we put up 13 hits and 8 runs and I’m very pleased with that,” said head coach Anthony D’Albora. “Sometimes we have two hits and sometimes we have 13 but we did well earning the victory against Diablo Valley,” said D’Albora.