The Minarets High baseball team (11-12, 2-2) split games last week losing 3-1 at Fowler on April 16, and beating Fresno Christian 2-1 last Friday.
Although Mustang pitcher Chance Carter (0-3) went the distance giving up just one hit, the Mustangs allowed Fowler (15-5, 4-0) to get three quick runs in the first inning with the help of two errors.
Carter struck out nine batters while the Mustangs lone run came on a single by catcher Keenan Reardon (batting .400) after Jordan Christian's double.
The team recently started using designated hitters for their pitchers and the team has gone 3-2 since the move. Mustang starting pitchers have given up just seven earned runs in their last five games, lowering their walks per game (1.7) and getting 37 strike outs.
Against Fresno Christian (2-9, 1-3), Mustang pitcher Sam Reyes recorded 14 strikeouts and gave up four hits while surrendering one earned run.
Minarets scored in the bottom of the second inning after Reardon drew a walk and scored on Zeb Patterson's single.
Following back to back hits in the top of the sixth, the Eagles scored their only run of the game to tie it at 1-1. With the go ahead run at third, Reardon blocked a ball in the dirt on a suicide squeeze attempt and tagged the Eagles runner out as he slid into home.
Reardon then started the bottom of the inning off with his 26th hit of the season, a sacrifice bunt by Patterson had the go ahead run in scoring position. A single by Scott Parker moved Reardon to third, where he scored the winning run on a bunt by Christian. Reyes struck-out the side in the top of the 7th.
The Mustangs enter a crucial week in their quest for a league title with a game against Parlier (4-5, 1-3) and a 4 p.m. home game Friday against Fowler. The Mustangs are presently ranked No. 1 in Division VI by the Fresno Bee.The team must win its remaining league games to have a share at the league title.