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TMC baseball on the cusp of NAIA World Series

Posted: May 10, 2013 9:45 p.m.
Updated: May 10, 2013 9:45 p.m.

The Master's College's Tommy Kister pitches to San Diego Christian on Friday at Reese Field in the Mustangs' second game of the NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round. TMC won 3-1.


The Master’s College Mustangs pitching staff has been downright dominate during the final stretch of the season.
Friday against the San Diego Christian Hawks, it continued to perform.

Led by local pitching products, the No. 1 seed Mustangs defeated the No. 3 seed Hawks 3-1 in game five of the 2013 NAIA Baseball Championship Opening Round at Pete Reese Field.

Hart High graduate, James Scott, and Saugus High graduate Tommy Kister combined to limit SDCC to one run, none earned, as the Mustangs now sit one win away from reaching the NAIA World Series in Lewiston, ID for the first time since 2000.

“It’s great and a ton of fun,” Scott said regarding the TMC’s Santa Clarita Valley pitching duo. “I’m confident in Tony, and I’ve known him for a long time now. It’s great to do it in Santa Clarita and get the win.”

Scott picked up the victory allowing four hits, one for extra bases, over seven innings, while striking out four.

“I thought James dominated today,” said TMC head coach Monte Brooks, whose team is currently riding an eight-game winning streak. “He had a nice change of speed and command of his pitches.”

During the winning stretch, the TMC pitching staff has limited the oppositions to three or less runs in every game.

Against SDCC, TMC jumped out to a 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning as a sacrifice fly by Joe Riddle scored Jonathan Popadics.

A solo home run by Chris Talley in the top of the fourth extended the lead, and a two-out RBI single by Spencer Toth to score Sam Robison in the top of the sixth gave the Mustangs a 3-0 advantage.

TMC (42-15, 2-0) tallied 10 hits in the game, recording at least one in every inning.

However, it left nine runners on base.

“We just wanted to try to stay in the zone and attack pitches in the zone,” Brooks said. “We hit, but we just didn’t bunch them.”

SDCC (38-18, 1-1) cut into the deficit in the bottom of the seventh as Jeff Lusardi reached on an error by first baseman Steve Karkenny to start the inning.

Lusardi advanced to second on a fielder’s choice, and scored on a two-out RBI single by Peter Hoyt to make the score 3-1.

Kister replaced Scott to start the eighth.

The junior right-hander allowed runners to advance into scoring position in both the eighth and ninth innings, but battled back to strand the runners and secure the victory for the Mustangs.

TMC will be in action again today in game eight of the tournament at 2 p.m. against the winner of SDCC and either Concordia or Tabor.

“It’s been the same thing for us all year, pitching and defense,” Brooks said. “I want to see us come out with the same approach we’ve had all year.”

A win will send the Mustangs to Lewiston, while a loss will set up a winner-take-all finale on Monday.



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