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The Master's College wins GSAC tournament with win over San Diego Christian

Posted: May 4, 2013 9:18 p.m.
Updated: May 4, 2013 9:18 p.m.

The Master's College's Cody Harris (25), celebrates the Mustangs victory over San Diego Christian in the championship series of the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament with teammates Ryan Shackelford on Saturday at Reese Field. Photo by Tony Berru.

 

 

Everything was set up perfectly for The Master’s College baseball to win the Golden State Athletic Conference tournament on Saturday.

The Mustangs were the host and had swept their way to the championship series — meaning a loss wouldn’t eliminate them, but a win would secure the title.

But for four innings on Saturday afternoon at Reese Field, TMC couldn’t scratch a run across the plate, hurting themselves with multiple baserunning errors.

Then the fifth inning came, and things changed — TMC posted four runs to take the lead for good in an 8-3 victory and secure the GSAC Tournament title.

The Mustangs will next host a regional round of the NAIA tournament beginning May 9 to May 13 — it is the first time in school history TMC has been selected as a host.

TMC is hoping to get a No. 1 seed in the five-team, double-elimination regional when the tournament bracket is announced Monday.

The tournament consists of nine five-team regionals, with the nine winners advancing to the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, Id from May 24 to May 31.

A No. 1 seed would mean not having to play a doubleheader on the regional’s opening day, when the Nos. 4 and 5 teams will play and Nos. 2 and 3 seeds will play. The No. 1 seed would then play the winner of the 4/5 matchup.

The first six batters of the fifth inning reached safely for the Mustangs, who took the lead on a two-RBI triple by Caleb Halverson.

Andrew Klausmeier nearly went the distance for TMC, pitching 7 2/3 innings with three strikeouts.

He was knocked a round a bit, scattering 10 hits, but minimized damage by walking none.

Tommy Kister picked up the save, allowing one hit in the final 1 1/3 innings of play.

With TMC leading 4-1 in the eighth, Saugus graduate Brett Piper padded the lead with a grand slam off San Diego Christian reliever and Santa Clarita Christian graduate Brock Heerdt.

Heerdt went the final four innings, allowing four runs with five strikeouts. Hernandez went four innings with four walks, no strikeouts and three earned runs allowed.

“We’ve been playing consistent baseball all year and we’re hoping to continue doing the same thing,” said TMC head coach Monte Brooks. “Minimize mental mistakes and let the kids play as loose and relaxed as possible. Really, it’s maintaining the same approach we’ve had all year. That’s really what we’re zeroing in on.”

 

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