The Minarets Mustangs (9-3) traveled to Delano March 29 and came away with a 3-2 win over Cesar E.Chavez High (4-5), a D-III school with an enrollment of about 1,600 students. The Mustangs beat the Titans earlier in the season 12-7.
An error by Chavez opened the door for the Mustangs first run in the top of the third inning. Cedar Robertson would score following a single by Conly Biglione, his 15th RBI in 11 games. The Titans answered with two runs in the bottom of the inning for a 2-1 lead after three frames.
The Chavez lead was short lived as Robertson would single and score following a stolen base and base hit from junior Justin McLeod. McLeod is batting .750 on the year with nine hits in 12 at bats.
It would remain tied until the seventh inning when Robertson again singled, and after advancing to second on a fielders choice, he scored on a single to center by McLeod, for his second RBI of the game and a Mustangs lead.
Mustang pitcher Chance Carter, in relief of starter Sam Reyes, got the win, his third of the season.
The D-VI Mustangs continue to stand among stat leaders for all divisions in several categories in the state as well as the nation 12 games into the season according to Maxpreps.com.
The Mustangs added eight hits to their season total of 138, and the team is hitting .388, good for 12th in the state, 24th in the nation. The Mustangs continue to lead the state in stolen bases with 105 (16th in the nation). All those stolen bases result in runs scored and the Mustangs rank fourth in the state with 120 runs scored in 12 games(10 runs per game average).
The Mustangs opened West Sequoia League play Tuesday against the Fowler Red Cats (3-7). Today (Thursday), the team visits Riverdale (1-6).
Mustang Coach Don Watkins will take his team to San Diego to play in the 64th Annual Lions Tournament April 13-17, the largest high school baseball tournament in the west, featuring 170 teams.
The trip will include a visit to San Diego State to meet the school's baseball coach, Hall of Famer Tony Gwynn.