Mustangs split games with Palm Springs

editorial@sierrastar.comMarch 18, 2014 

The Minarets Mustangs baseball team (7-3), went 2-1 last week, beating Cesar E. Chavez High of Delano, 12-7, and splitting a double header with D-3 Palm Springs on March 15, losing the first game 6-4, and winning the second 5-3.

The Mustangs are ranked in the top 10 of six categories in the state by Maxpreps.com, and are hitting .402 as a team.

Against Chavez, the team added another eight stolen bases to their state leading 99, (second in the Nation). Senior Chance Carter recorded the win, surrendering two hits in four innings of relief. Shortstop Sam Reyes went 3 for 4 on the game, giving him a .650 batting average through seven games. Conly Biglione recorded two extra base hits, a double and triple with Keenan Reardon, Scott Parker, and Zack Clayton getting doubles. Clayton's shot to the warning track with bases loaded, was good for three RBIs and put the Mustangs in front to stay.

In last Saturday's first game against the Palm Springs Indians, Clayton struggled on the mound throwing 46 pitches in the first inning, walking two, and hitting another, along with two Minarets errors which lead to three unearned runs.

Junior Justin McLeod relieved and the Indians greeted him with a two-run home run. The Mustangs batted a season low .185 in the game, recording only five hits. Reardon was 2 for 3, while Reyes recorded a double.

In game two, Reardon took the mound and retired the side with five pitches. The Mustangs got off to a 4-0 lead in the second inning.

With Reardon showing signs of fatigue, Palm Springs loaded the bases in the fourth with a double and three walks, but a double play ended the inning after the Indians scored one run. Reardon recorded his second win on the season.

On March 28, the Mustangs travel to Delano for a rematch with the Titans.

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