Los Medanos College Mustangs gallop over Eagles for the victory

Final home game of the season ends in a high note


Mohammad Najimi

Los Medanos College player Bubba Rocha smashes a ball past the outfield fence for a 2-run home run.

Mohammad Najimi, Staff Writer

The day after the Los Medanos Mustangs baseball team became the Bay Valley Conference Champions, they destroyed Laney College Eagles with incredible showings from their pitcher and offense, resulting in a final score of 15-3 and marking the last home regular season game for the Mustangs.

The first inning ended with a 1-0 lead for LMC as Rocco Borelli drove in a run through a walk when the bases were loaded. However, the Eagles took the lead after a single by Deickrimar Orta and a sacrifice fly by Kayne Moody in the top of the second to give the Eagles a 2-1 advantage. 

This score stayed the same as a pitchers’ duel began in the fourth inning when Darrell Mays scored Nico Torrez on a double, followed by a single from Colton Trudeau that scored Mays. These plays gave the Mustangs a 3-2 lead after four innings. In the next inning, the Mustangs got two more runs that extended their lead to 5-2 from a massive two-run home run by Bubba Rocha. 

In the top of the sixth inning, the Eagles immediately got a run back after a double, wild pitch and a sacrifice fly from Frank Zapata cutting LMC’s lead down to 5-3.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, the Eagle’s chances of winning came to an end as LMC scored seven more runs to extend their lead to 12-3. Two of those runs were forced as players were walked while the bases were loaded. Jeremy Hill came up to the plate with the bases loaded and a 9-3 lead, as he smacked the ball into the right field wall, clearing the bases while Hill reached third base on a triple.

In the bottom of the seventh inning, the Mustangs kept the runs pouring on as Seth Gwynn smacked the ball for a double, scoring Mays and extending their lead to 13-3. The lead got extended to 15-3 in the bottom of the eighth inning as Trudeau would score Kai Arellano on a single and another single by Gwynn scoring Will Ramirez.

The Mustangs pitcher Noah Tofan, No. 36, pitched a complete game allowing three runs, seven hits, striking out seven batters and throwing 88 pitches. He had an incredible outing that powered the Mustangs over the Eagles. 

Tofan kept the Eagles batters at bay, pitching tremendously and earning a complete game victory. His earned run average for the season drops down to 3.66 while pitching only 19.2 innings.

The power and consistency of runners in scoring positions posed as the key to winning games, proving why the Mustangs deserved to be the champions of their division, holding an overall record of 29-10. The team looks forward to battling in the entirety of the playoffs to have a chance of earning the championship title for this season. Roll Stangs!