The April showers ended just in time for the Los Medanos College baseball team to continue its impressive run this season with a 10-3 win against Yuba College Saturday. The Mustangs continue to stay on top of the Bay Valley Conference, as they have won their last three games.
Making the start for the Mustangs was righty Spencer Vincent, who boasts a sterling perfect record on the season. Vincent seemed primed to continue his streak as he retired Yuba’s batters quickly in the first inning.
The LMC offense immediately got to work after third baseman Antone Self ripped off a triple with two outs, bringing center fielder Jonathan Allen to the batter’s box. Self’s extra base hit set the Stangs up to take the lead as Allen hit a moonshot to right field, his fifth home run of the season and giving the Mustangs an early 2-0 lead in the first.
Vincent began and the second the way he ended the first, swing- and-miss strikeouts.
The bats didn’t stay quiet for the home team as left fielder Sawyer Olson started the second with a double that zipped passed the Yuba third baseman for a double.Shortstop Jason Ochoa then got on base with a single, which advanced Olson to third.
Second basemen Jonathan Pluth reached first on a fielder’s choice, which put Ochoa in scoring position at second. Yuba was able to momentarily stop the bleeding as they threw out Olson at home.
First baseman Jason Kreske reached first off an another fielder’s choice, and stole second after a Yuba error that Riley Cleary’s single. Cleary then stole second setting LMC up to score again. Catcher Jason Hare extended the team’s lead with an RBI single, making the game 4-0 at the end of the inning.
Yuba showed sings of life in the third, as they brought in two runs to make it a 4-2 ball game.
Pluth knocked in two runs with a single after a mistake by the first base umpire. The Yuba first baseman’s foot was off the bag but the original call was an inning-ending play. After a brief discussion between the official’s, the call was reversed and the Mustangs were granted two runs. Cleary got a two-run base hit, And Self also grabbed a run with a sacrifice fly giving the Stangs an almost insurmountable 9-2 lead.
Meanwhile Vincent continued to throw heat, grabbing three strikeouts over the next three innings. The 49ers found another scoring opportunity at the top of the seventh yet the Stangs responded again as Jason Hare brought more confidence to the team’s effort in the game with his second RBI single, bringing in Kreske again to score and giving the team a 10-3 advantage.
The effort by Vincent would continue until the ninth inning, as his solid performance ended with eight innings pitched and seven strikeouts. Relief pitcher David Quintero ended the game for the Mustangs with a final score of 10-3 and kept the team tied for first with Laney College in the Bay Valley Conference.
Head coach Anthony D’Albora praised the team’s dominant performance. “Great pitches and plays all around and top quality at bats is simple for us to use to win everyday,” he said. “We’ll compete with everything we got to keep us at first place” and hopes for the continued efforts by the Mustangs will keep them on route to the playoffs.