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TMC baseball: ’Stangs hold tight

Master’s holds off Vanguard’s ninth-inning rally; second game called due to rain

Posted: March 6, 2010 11:11 p.m.
Updated: March 7, 2010 4:30 a.m.

The Master's College third baseman Henry Price, right, attempts to make the tag on Vanguard pinch runner Bryce Arroyo, left, in the ninth inning on Saturday at TMC. The Mustangs won the game by the score of 3-2.

The rain delayed The Master’s College baseball team on Saturday, but the Mustangs’ defense held off Vanguard College for a 3-2 win at Reese Field.

TMC carried a 3-0 lead into the top of the ninth, but allowed a late rally as Trent Abbott got into a little trouble at the mound.

Mustang pitcher Zack Anderson came in to relieve him and earned a strikeout and a popout and then caught the last Lion swinging to finish off the Mustangs’ win.

TMC head coach Monte Brooks said he was trying to protect Abbott’s arm, as he was still recovering from injury, when he took him out of the jam.

“He got a little bit behind, but he’s coming off of a surgery so we’ve got to be careful with him,” Brooks said. “He’s getting back into the swing of things.”

Brooks said the Mustangs had a hard time stringing hits together, but starting pitcher Tyler Bersano put the team in a great position to win.

“Their pitcher kept us off balance early, (Vanguard starting pitcher Lance Abbott) did a good job,” Brooks said. “But (Bersano) kept them off balance longer and that ended up being the difference.”

The Mustangs (10-7, 4-3) and Lions (15-2,6-0) held each other at bay early, then in the bottom of the fourth, TMC’s Caleb Mintz got on with a single to left field.

Parker Price’s sacrifice fly two batters later brought in Mintz, who went 2-for-3 on the day.

“We had a lot of hits and we didn’t string them together as much as we’d like to,” Mintz said. “But we got enough to get it done.”

The team has been trying to find offense where it can the last few games since Chris Talley and Brian Lucas, two of the team’s best hitters, are recovering from injuries.

Brooks said Lucas and Talley will miss at least the next few games with a torn ligament in the thumb and concussion, respectively.

Mintz said the team is still making adjustments, but it has earned a little bit of experience getting out of tight spots.

“We’ve had a lot of one-run games this year, and so I think that’s helped us out a lot by knowing how to deal with those tight situations,” Mintz said.

Vanguard’s Adrian Mendoza came in to relieve Abbott in the seventh, and TMC’s Pete Goeman found a gap in right field and got on with a single.

After stealing second, Goeman was brought home by Joe Zeller’s deep single to left field, which put Master’s up 2-0.

The team got its third run in the eighth, when Price singled up the middle and Jonathan Lutz brought him home with a line drive to center field.

“Our approach at the plate wasn’t as good as it’s been in the past, and we had an opportunity to get a run but we just didn’t get it done,” said Vanguard head coach Ralph Grajeda. “You also have to tip your cap to Master’s though, they never gave up.”



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