Mustangs begin baseball season

Fundraising dinner set for March 9

February 27, 2013 

The Minarets Mustang varsity and JV baseball teams scrimmaged Mariposa High Feb. 16 at Vegley field, named after varsity coach Bruce Vegely's father.

The varsity team won 8-6, while the JV squad won game 6-3.

The varsity game went 11 and a half innings as both teams cleared their benches and all pitchers got in some work. The four-hour game included a Grizzle home run and a Mustang suicide squeeze play.

Minarets lead 7-2 after seven innings with the Grizzles scoring four of their runs in the final two innings.

Coach Don Watkins took his team to Fresno High yesterday (Wednesday). Game results were not available at press time. The Mustangs play a double-header today at Sunnyside. .

The team, featuring mostly juniors, is expected to compete for a Division V sectional title this year.

Last years squad lost in the section simi finals to Mendota, after committing six errors.

Watkins has more than 50 students playing baseball for Minarets this year on the varsity, JV and freshman teams.Watkins has filled his schedule with some worthy opponents this year as the Mustangs will play such power house programs as Sunnyside, Fresno High, San Joaquin memorial, Madera South, Fresno Christian, Fowler and Dinuba.

The Mustangs will travel to Las Vegas March 23-27 for a three day tournament, will play in the Atwater Invitational April 3-4) and will travel to Palm Springs for a game against Cathedral City in April.

To help raise funds for all those road trips Minarets will be hosting its Second Annual Baseball Dinner at 5 p.m. on Saturday, March 9 at the school gym. Tahoe Joe's restaurant of Fresno is catering the dinner with tickets costing $20 for adults, $15 for children 6-12. Tables of 10n can be purchased for $180. The dinner will include a silent and live auction including all three squads auctioned off for a days work at an area business or private property.

Details: Don Watkins, (559) 977-7860, dwatkins@mychawanakee.org.

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