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Errors bring down Masters College in 10th

Posted: April 11, 2008 12:29 a.m.
Updated: June 12, 2008 5:02 a.m.

The Master's College second baseman Joseph Chavarria leaps over a Westmont player to turn a double play during the sixth inning on Thursday. TMC fell to the Warriors, 8-6, in 10 innings.

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Thanks to several key errors in the top of the 10th inning, visiting Westmont College defeated The Masters College, 8-6, at Reese Field on Thursday.

TMC defeated the Warriors 17-9 on Wednesday.

Ranulfo Grijalva recorded three strikeouts, walked two and allowed nine hits in eight innings.

Westmont kicked off its offense in the first with Hart High grad Taylor Maddox hitting  a triple to left and scoring the game's first run on a Derek Fugitt sacrifice fly. Maddox would go 3-6 on the game.

But in the bottom of the second, with the Mustangs down 1-0, TMC turned the game around in its favor, pushing two runs across to take the lead, Kirk Nungester driving in both with a single to right.

Kirk Nungester went 2-3 on the day.

Thanks to a three-run Warrior outburst in the fifth, the Warriors took a 4-2 lead.

However, in the eighth with the Mustangs down 6-3, TMC had one more opportunity to turn the game around, and they took advantage of it by scoring three times. Joseph Zeller, Caleb Mintz  and pinch-hitter A.J. Morris picking up RBI.

Followed by Tyler Diamond scoring off a Caleb Mintz line drive to left field single.

Zeller went 2-for-5 for the Mustangs, while Shaver went 1-for-5 on the game.

In the ninth, Mustangs relief pitcher Brian Reiner escaped a bases loaded, two out situation by inducing Erik Gaustad to line out to the right fielder.

Reiner was not so fortunate in the 10th, however. Westmont's Kyle Noe drove in the tie-breaking run with a single to center.  Maddox's line drive to single to score the insurance run.

Westmont reliever Keith Johnson retired the Mustangs in the bottom of the 10th.

Mustangs head coach Monte Brooks attributed the team's loss to its inability to execute when they needed to.

"We made a lot of mental mistakes and they capitalized on those them," he said. " We didn't execute like we should have. Yesterday, we had more hits and less errors. In that game we also had a lot of clutch hits."

The Mustangs are currently 25-13 overall and 13-13 in the Golden State Athletic Conference.

TMC will face Biola on Saturday in La Mirada.


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