Blue Raiders beat Mustangs 13-9 in tournament championship game

Pete ReardonMarch 14, 2013 

The Minarets High School baseball team (5-3) played in the championship game of the Caruthers Invitational Tournament , losing to the host Blue Raiders, 13-9.

The Mustangs were coming off four impressive wins where the Mustangs outscored their opponents 47-11, The Mustangs newest addition to the team, junior Kyle Reed, started things off for the Mustangs against Caruthers, drawing a walk and stealing second and third before before scoring on a wild pitch. The Mustangs scored two more times in the inning.

Mustang junior pitcher Chance Carter r hit the first two Blue Raiders he faced before Caruthers first baseman Juan Uribe stepped to the plate for his first of three hits on the day, driving in two runs.

Through the first five innings the teams battled back and fourth, exchanging leads, but in the bottom of the fifth, the Blue Raiders pushed seven runs across the plate to take a 13-6 lead.

Junior Zeb Patterson led the Mustangs going 3-4 with three RBIs Junior Conly Biglione went 3-4 with a walk and Scott Parker collected three hits with one RBI.

The Mustangs scored another three runs and ended the the 6th with the bases loaded.

It would be the Mustangs usually solid bull pen that fell short against Caruthers as Sam Reyes and Eric Pincus couldn't silence the Caruthers who had 14 hits on the day. The pitching staff gave up five walks in the game that all resulted in scores for the Blue Raiders.

In the five-game tournament, the Mustangs scored 56 runs on 68 hits and added 57 stolen bases.

The Mustangs play league rival Farmersville March 19, before heading to Las Vegas to play in the Desert Oasis Classic.

The Mustangs JV team is off to a 7-1 start behind some great pitching by freshman Riley Hillerman who led the team to the championship of the Caruthers JV tournament where the Mustangs beat the host team 5-0.The team collected 58 runs on their way to the championship win.

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