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Mustangs run wild, hang 30-spot on scoreboard

Posted: March 29, 2008 2:33 a.m.
Updated: May 30, 2008 5:02 a.m.
 

The casual observer can often tell a lot about a baseball game by the way teams warm-up beforehand.

For instance, on Friday, The Master's College Mustangs pregame practice was sharp, crisp and almost professional.

Their La Sierra University opponents, on the other hand, wasn't.

These efforts were more than reflected during the actual contest, when the Mustangs (21-7, 9-7 in the GSAC) banged out a school-record 28 hits and 30 runs to pummel the independent league foes 30-0.

All of this was accomplished in just seven innings, thanks to a 15-run mercy rule.

"I've never been on any team that scored 30 runs before - in Little League, PONY or high school," said leadoff man, Ben Ives, who finished 4-for-4, with two doubles, a triple, a pair of RBIs and five runs scored. "In fact, I think this is the most runs I've ever seen in a baseball game."

No one could have predicted such an outburst by The Master's, but a 10-run first was surely handwriting on the wall.

Led by shortstop Joe Zeller (an RBI double and a two-run HR), the Mustangs knocked eight hits in that stanza.

Ives and right fielder Kirk Nungester contributing RBI triples, while Pete Goeman added a two-run double.

In that frame, every starter reached base except for designated hitter Graham Miller, who nevertheless collected a sacrifice fly and an RBI.

By the third (when TMC tacked on nine more tallies), the contest was so out of hand that Mustangs head coach Monte Brooks began inserting a series of reserve players, two of whom (Joe Chavarria and Jared Otto) still drove in runs. Part of the TMC run-scoring effort was greatly aided by a tricky sun which caused untold havoc to the Golden Eagles' center fielder who struggled with just about everything hit his way.

While the Mustangs were launching their own record pyrotechnics show, freshman pitcher Tyler Bersano was methodically mowing down Golden Eagles until cather Kevin DeLeon led off the top of the fourth with a sharp single to left.

The Clovis High of Fresno graduate kept La Sierra (3-21) off balance all day with a tantalizing mix of curves, off-speed pitches and an extremely live fastball.

"I wasn't even thinking about a no-hitter," said Bersano, who finished with a five-inning one-hitter, notching four strikeouts. "I'm trying hard to earn a spot on this squad, so I was just trying to hit my spots and get the ball in the glove."

And while the multitude of runs crossing the plate gave the young hurler some pleasure, sitting in the dugout all of that time was a bit disconcerting.

"The cushion was nice," he said, "but I had to work hard to keep my focus and concentration. I was actually relieved when I got to go back out and throw."

Another young man who had a great afternoon for The Master's was sophomore transplant (from Phoenix), Michael Bando, who was 5-for-5 with three doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored.

 

 For instance, on Friday, The Master's College Mustangs pregame practice was sharp, crisp and almost professional.

Their La Sierra University opponents, on the other hand, wasn't.

These efforts were more than reflected during the actual contest, when the Mustangs (21-7, 9-7 in the GSAC) banged out a school-record 28 hits and 30 runs to pummel the independent league foes 30-0.

All of this was accomplished in just seven innings, thanks to a 15-run mercy rule.

"I've never been on any team that scored 30 runs before - in Little League, PONY or high school," said leadoff man, Ben Ives, who finished 4-for-4, with two doubles, a triple, a pair of RBIs and five runs scored. "In fact, I think this is the most runs I've ever seen in a baseball game."

No one could have predicted such an outburst by The Master's, but a 10-run first was surely handwriting on the wall.

Led by shortstop Joe Zeller (an RBI double and a two-run HR), the Mustangs knocked eight hits in that stanza.

Ives and right fielder Kirk Nungester contributing RBI triples, while Pete Goeman added a two-run double.

In that frame, every starter reached base except for designated hitter Graham Miller, who nevertheless collected a sacrifice fly and an RBI.

By the third (when TMC tacked on nine more tallies), the contest was so out of hand that Mustangs head coach Monte Brooks began inserting a series of reserve players, two of whom (Joe Chavarria and Jared Otto) still drove in runs. Part of the TMC run-scoring effort was greatly aided by a tricky sun which caused untold havoc to the Golden Eagles' center fielder who struggled with just about everything hit his way.

While the Mustangs were launching their own record pyrotechnics show, freshman pitcher Tyler Bersano was methodically mowing down Golden Eagles until cather Kevin DeLeon led off the top of the fourth with a sharp single to left.

The Clovis High of Fresno graduate kept La Sierra (3-21) off balance all day with a tantalizing mix of curves, off-speed pitches and an extremely live fastball.

"I wasn't even thinking about a no-hitter," said Bersano, who finished with a five-inning one-hitter, notching four strikeouts. "I'm trying hard to earn a spot on this squad, so I was just trying to hit my spots and get the ball in the glove."

And while the multitude of runs crossing the plate gave the young hurler some pleasure, sitting in the dugout all of that time was a bit disconcerting.

"The cushion was nice," he said, "but I had to work hard to keep my focus and concentration. I was actually relieved when I got to go back out and throw."

Another young man who had a great afternoon for The Master's was sophomore transplant (from Phoenix), Michael Bando, who was 5-for-5 with three doubles, four RBIs and four runs scored.

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