Mounties take the opener but lose the series

Baseball can’t kickstart a winning streak


Lorenzo Gomez

Sophomore infielder Damien Delgadillo (3) crosses home plate to give the Mounties an early lead.

After being postponed twice due to the field not being ready because of heavy rain, the stars aligned and a game was finally able to be played at Mazmanian Field. The Mounties came out the gates hot as sophomore left-handed pitcher Michael Flores (15) struck out three in the second inning, giving his team as much momentum as possible.

The Mounties continued to jump early scoring one in the second inning thanks to freshman infielder and right-handed pitcher Blake Hagerty (23) who hit a sacrifice fly to right field.

Freshman outfielder Joey Rossetti (12) led the Mounties hitting with two hits and three RBIs including a run himself. Rossetti (12) had the only extra base hit of the day with an RBI double in the fifth inning which was followed by a two-run single by sophomore catcher CJ Ontiveros (11) that capped off a three run inning for the Mounties.

Outfielder Joey Rossetti (12) stepping up to the plate before he starts the fifth inning rally for the Mounties. (Lorenzo Gomez)

Baserunners continued to pile up as sophomore shortstop Elijah Pelayo (5) walked with bases loaded, scoring Delgadillo (3) and setting up a perfect opportunity for the hot swinging Rossetti (12). Rossetti (12) then knocked in a two-run single to give the Mounties a 7-0 lead.

All things were looking up as Flores (15) ended his night on the mound at the end of the seventh inning, allowing no runs and only three hits while striking out 12 Lancers. Freshman right-handed pitchers Sam Silversmith (24) and Joey Peralta (8) each threw an inning to cap off a 7-0 conference win against the Pasadena City Lancers.

The Mounties won the opening game of the series and snapped a three-game losing streak as they hoped to take their momentum to Pasadena for the remainder of the series.

Unfortunately, not all momentum carried as the Mounties found themselves trailing 4-0 in the fourth inning of game two. Ontiveros (11) hit a two-run single in the fifth to ignite the fire for Mt. SAC, but the Lancers quickly responded with an RBI single in the sixth to make it 2-5.

However, the Mounties weren’t going down without a fight, Pelayo (5) cranked a two-run home run to center field, scoring in himself and freshman outfielder Elias Gomez (13), making it an interesting 4-5 ballgame. But the Lancers hit a home run of their own the next inning, scoring in two and making it the dagger as they closed a 4-7 win against the Mounties.

Infielder Damien Delgadillo (3) leading off at first base in game one of the series against the Lancers. (Lorenzo Gomez)

The Lancers’ hot bats at home continued as they made it a 6-0 game in the fourth inning after a huge RBI triple. The Mounties failed to respond as they were limited to only five hits and were shutout by Pasadena City’s sophomore pitcher Jakob Guardabo (18).

Mt. SAC used six pitchers themselves with no pitchers going more than three innings. The defense struggled as much as the offense as the Mounties had three fielding errors where they all ended up scoring for the Lancers.

Mt. SAC was hoping to flush the series loss as they hosted Cerritos Falcons on Monday, March 27, for the finale of their regular season matchups. However, the Falcons scored 11 runs and won by a score of 11-4 against the Mounties.

The next day, the Mounties managed to squeak a win against the LA Harbor Seahawks at Mazmanian Field with a score of 5-2. The Mounties and Seahawks will rematch in Los Angeles on Thursday at 2:30 p.m.

The series will end on Saturday, April 1, as the Mounties will host at 12 p.m. They can move up to seventh place in conference with a clean sweep this week.