The Minarets Mustangs opened its baseball season Feb. 20 with a 2-0 loss to Kingsburg.
It was the team’s first game under new coach Jesse Darrahs, and the Mustangs played a solid game considering the team was missing some players still competing in basketball playoffs.
Pitcher Riley Hillerman took the mound for Minarets and started where he left off last year. He threw a nine inning shutout in the second round of playoffs last year against Sierra Pacific - a game the Mustangs would go on to lose in extra innings.
Against Kingsburg, Hillerman’s control was outstanding, striking out the side in the fifth inning on 12 pitches. Hillerman surrendered four hits and one walk in a complete seven inning outing.
Two errors would be the Mustangs undoing as Kingsburg scored one unearned run in the bottom of the first and added another unearned run in the bottom of the fifth.
The Mustangs had chances. Their best was in the top of the sixth when they loaded the bases with no outs, only to end the inning on a Kingsburg double play.
Minarets out hit Kingsburg nine to four. Mustang center fielder Christian Low was 2-3 including a double in the fourth inning along with a single in the sixth. Leadoff hitter Hayden Alford went 2-4, and Drew Robertson, straight off the soccer field, went 1-3 including a walk. Other Mustangs collecting hits were Hunter Thompson and freshman Aron Hall with singles.