Minarets baseball team 1-3 in Atwater tourney

Pete ReardonApril 10, 2013 

The Minarets Mustang baseball team (8-9) played in the 54th Annual Atwater Invitational last weekend, losing three games and winning one.

The team lost its opening tournament game 6-2 to Division I San Leandro (10-3). After having a 2-0 lead in the fourth, the Mustangs gave up six walks and three errors over the remaining three innings to gave the Pirates the win.

In the second game against the Livingston Wolves, the Mustangs scored two runs in the first inning, however the Mustangs surrendered four quick runs, the result of two hit batters and four errors.

Minarets came back within one run in the fourth inning and tied the game 5-5 in the fifth off a double by Cedar Robertson.

Despite out-hitting Livingston 11-7, the Wolves scored the winning run in the top of the sixth.

After a 10-3 loss to St. Mary's of Stockton (7-3-1), the Mustangs had to face Division I Merced High (9-9, 3-3) for their finale game of the tournament.

After losing seven straight, the Mustangs played a flawless game and pulled-off the 4-3 win against the Bears.

Freshman Riley Hillerman pitched six innings for the win, while Junior Chance Carter took over in the seventh for the save. Carter hit the Bears lead off batter but two pitches later he picked-off the runner at first. A ground out to shortstop Sam Reyes, and Merced was down to their last out. The Bears Joseph Salmeri singled to keep their hopes alive only to be picked-off by Mustang's catcher Keenan Reardon on a pitch out.

Las Vegas tournament

The Mustangs traveled to Las Vegas to play in the March 25-27 "Spring Bash" hosted by Durango High School, winning one game and losing three.

The tournament featured primarily Division I teams, which provided a good gage for coach Don Watkins as he prepares his team for league play.

Desert Oasis (10-4), a school with 3,100 students, beat the Mustangs in the first game of the tournament, 10-1.

The Mustangs hung close, down 2-1 going into the fourth inning, but after Mustang pitcher Eric Pincus walked the lead off runner, hit the next batter and back to back errors gave the Diamond Backs two more runs for a 4-1 lead.

On day two, the Mustangs bats came alive for a 16-10 win against Valley High School of Las Vegas.

Minarets had18 hits as juniors Scott Parker, Conley Biglione and Reardon collected 10 hits between them.

Parker went four for four in the game as Bigilone had four RBIs while he and Reardon went three for three. Junior Cedar Robertson went three for four with two RBIs. The Mustangs had 14 stolen bases during the game and Reyes recorded the win.

The Mustangs then lost to Relata (8-6) 8-6 after jumping out to a 5-0 lead in the third inning. The fourth inning Minarets surrendered four runs from two walks, a hit batter, three singles and a key error that opened the door for the Arleta's big inning.

Game four was against the host team, the Durango Trailblazers (3-8) and the Mustangs used 10 hits to build an 11-3 lead going into the bottom of the seventh. But then the unthinkable happened.

After throwing a great game through six, Reyes began to struggle and the Trailblazers erupted for nine runs for the stunning come from behind 12-11 win.

The Mustangs opened league this week against Caruthers (12-2) on Tuesday and are at home at 3 p.m. Friday against the Riverdale Cowboys (3-7).

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