Coach Don Watkins Minarets Mustangs (18-3, 4-0) went 5-0 to win their 16-team division at the 64th Annual San Diego Lions Invitational baseball tournament last week.
The team opened the tournament with a 28-0 win against King-Chavez (1-7, 1-0) on day one, after scoring 18 runs in the first inning. Sam Romero hit the team's eighth home run of the season, and Keenan Reardon and Sam Reyes had triples in the inning.
The Mustangs won its second game of the tournament, 7-4, against Calvin Christian (11-3, 2-0) of Escondido, scoring six runs in the fifth inning.Scott Parker recorded the win.
Reyes (1.20 ERA) had his first complete game of the season in the Mustang's third game against Temecula Prep (7-7, 3-1), with the Mustangs winning 5-2.
Romero's single in the first, scoring Zack Clayton, put the Mustangs up 1-0 early. Singles by Scott Parker, Reardon, Cedar Robertson, and Jordan Christian paved the way for the win.
Minarets then played Heritage Christian (8-12, 1-3), of San Diego. The Mustangs wasted little time showing off their bats as well as speed, Christian doubled to the fence and later came around to score. Clayton walked and also came around to score for a 2-0 lead. Again Hillerman took the mound following a rough 1st inning by senior Chance Carter. Tied 3-3 after three innings, the Mustangs scored three runs in the fourth, and went on to win 8-6.
Cody Biglione's RBI single in the sixth, along with Reardon's RBI double in the seventh proved to be all the Mustangs needed to reach the Championship game. Reardon relieved in the seventh and Hillerman got the win.
The championship game pitted the two most powerful teams of the bracket the Schurr Spartans (8-10, 2-5), of Montebello who scored 50 runs in their four previous tournament wins, and the Mustangs who scored 48 runs in four games. Reardon took the mound for the Mustangs, giving up five hits over 5 and 2/3rd's innings, holding the Spartans scoreless. The Mustangs went on to win the game 10-1. It was the first baseball tournament championship for the school.
Nearly every Mustang starter had a part in the win Romero and Christian went 3 for 4, Parker 2 for 3, Biglione had two RBI sacrifices. Reardon recorded his second win of the tourney to go 5-1 on the season with a 0.59 ERA. Fittingly, Carter recorded the save.
Again the Mustangs put up some staggering stats for the five games including 71 hits (.428 team batting average).
Individually, Reardon led all Mustang hitters with a .571 average, going 8 of 14, (.508 on the season). Christian followed going 10 for 18 (.555). Sam Reyes was selected the tournaments M.V.P. by the Minarets coaching staff for his pitching performance against Temecula Prep.
The tournament was made up of 128 teams in eight brackets.
The Mustang's win-loss record is ranked No. 9 in the state according to Maxpreps.com.
Of the 11 categories the Mustangs qualify for, they are in the top 10 in the state in six.
The Mustangs are currently ranked No. 1 in the state in three categories stolen bases (174 - No. 7 in the nation), runs scored (222 - No. 44 in the nation), and RBIs (172).
The team's slugging percentage (.555) is ranked No. 7 in the state (No. 30 in the nation), and the team's batting average (.400) is No. 10 in the state (No. 23 in the nation).
The team's pitchers have an 1.28 ERA.
In search of their second tournament title, the team will play in the Atwater Invitational this week while hosting Parlier for a league game and traveling to play Fowler Friday, April 12.