The Minarets Mustangs let a couple close ones get away from them as they fell to Livingston 4-3 in a non-league game, and 4-2 to Fowler last week.
The Wolves (12-5-1, 2-2 Western Athletic Conference) outhit the Mustangs (9-8-1, 1-2 West Sequoia League) 7-5 during the April 14 game but also committed three errors to open the door for late Mustangs opportunities.
Pitching would be a problem early on as freshman Matt Painter struggled to find the strike zone, walking the first two batters, one which would come around to score.
With no outs in the sixth, the Mustangs ran into two outs, both at third base to end a promising inning. They would score one in the inning to pull within one run, but that is as close as they would get as they went down quietly in the seventh.
The Livingston game was even more frustrating as it followed a 4-2 loss to league rival Fowler (11-6-1, 3-0 WSL) April 12. Minarets Coach Jesse Darrah coached the Redcats last season.
Pitching again would prove the difference as freshman Aaron Hall struggled with consistency. The Redcats would welcome the freshman to varsity ball with a double to score two runs in the first inning after the bases were loaded on three consecutive walks.
The lead would hold up late into the game before the Mustangs plated two runs in the sixth. Fowler wasted little time, adding another run off a Mustangs error and yet another to go up 4-2 going into the seventh.
Mason Ellis reached on an error to bring the tying run to the plate. EG Walden’s single put Ellis at third but Walden was thrown out trying to stretch the single for extra bases. That’s how it would end for the Mustangs as they dropped another close game.
Parlier (8-8, 0-3 WSL) visited O’Neals on April 15, with the Mustangs getting its first league win on the season, 7-2.
Minarets played Riverdale (6-11, 1-2 WSL) on April 19. Scores were unavailable at press time.
This Friday the Mustangs will travel to Fresno Christian to take on the Eagles (7-10, 1-2 WSL). The Eagles have put up 112 runs on the season, but have given up 143, surrendering eight runs per game.