Mounties sweep LA Harbor, leap in SCC standings

The wins brought the Mounties to sixth in the SCC


Shortstop Elijah Pelayo (5) running back into the dugout after another quick defensive inning. Via Davesportsimage)

As baseball approaches the final month of the regular season, the Mounties are looking to start a hot streak. They were prepared to face a struggling LA Harbor Seahawks in an opening home stand on March 28. Despite the Seahawks scoring in the first inning, the Mounties responded with two RBI groundouts in the second and fourth, both scored freshman outfielder Joey Rossetti (12).

The Mounties then had a huge sixth inning, as sophomore shortstop Elijah Pelayo (5) knocked in his second RBI of the day and was followed by another RBI double by sophomore third baseman Gabe Rico (6). The hitting fest was not over as sophomore middle infielder Alex Rodriguez (7) scored in Rico (6) and capped a three-run inning for the Mounties, making the score 4-1.

The Seahawks scored an unearned run in the seventh inning, which ended freshman right-handed pitcher Joey Peralta’s (8) outstanding seven inning outing as he struck out eight and only allowed four hits, along with a goose egg in walks. Freshman left-handed pitcher Hunter Holmes (29) came out of the bullpen and struck out three as he held down the win and gave the Mounties a 5-2 win to open the series.

Sophomore catcher CJ Ontiveros (11) rounding second base looking to make it to third. Via Davesportsimage.

After the game being postponed on March 30 due to rain, the Mounties brought the heat to the Seahawks again. Right out of the gates, the Mounties scored in the first inning as freshman outfielder Blake Haggerty (23) singled to center field scoring in sophomore catcher CJ Ontiveros (11). The Mounties and Haggerty (23) weren’t done with the early pressure in the first as an error by the Seahawks catcher scored in Haggerty (23) making it 2-0 in the first inning.

Sophomore outfielder Logan Corthell (14) extended the Mounties lead in the fourth inning with a single to right field, scoring Rico (6). Haggerty (23) had some unfinished business as he knocked in his second RBI of the day after singling to centerfield, bringing in Rossetti (12) making it 4-0.

Sophomore left-handed pitcher Michael Flores (15) had a great day on the mound, throwing six scoreless innings and striking out 10 with no walks. The bullpen matched the energy allowing only three hits in the three remaining innings and completed a combined shutout against LA Harbor winning 4-0.

Freshman Gibby Morales (34) on deck awaiting for his at-bat. Via Davesportsimage.

Already winning the series, the Mounties were still hungry and looked to complete the sweep as they headed back to Mazmanian Field for the series finale. On Saturday, April 1, the Mounties brought out the bats.

Haggerty (23) carried his hot streak with an RBI double in the first and got the ball rolling for the Mounties. Freshman outfielder Joel Quemada (21) kept it going in the second inning with an RBI double giving the Mounties an early 2-0 lead.

This early lead was only the beginning as the Mounties had their biggest inning yet starting with an RBI single from Pelayo (5) and eventually scored on a passed ball.Quemada (21) scored in his second RBI of the day with a sacrifice fly to center field. There was no better way to end the fourth inning than with a three-run home run from designated hitter Gibby Morales (34) to cap off the six-run inning making it 8-0.

Six runs in one inning was just simply not enough for the Mounties, as Haggerty (23) knocked in two RBIs on his double giving him his third RBI of the day and fifth in the series. Sophomore infielder Damien Delgadillo (3) followed it up with another RBI double and advancing a runner to third. Sophomore first baseman Travis Hobbensiefken (22) knocked in a two-run single to keep the rally going and scored via pass ball in a later at-bat. Rossetti (12) poured in an RBI single to capitalize the game high seven inning run for the Mounties as they led 15-1.

Freshman catcher Andres Mitat (20) had a two-run double in the eighth inning just to make sure that the Mountie lead was a little more comfortable. Two more runs came across in the eighth from a sacrifice flyout by freshman outfielder Elias Gomez (13) and sacrifice groundout from Rico (6).

The Mounties ended with a 19-2 win, completing the sweep against the Seahawks and jumped up to sixth in the South Coast Conference standings. Mt. SAC looks to keep their winning streak alive as they prepare to face Citrus College Owls for a two-game matchup. The Mounties will travel to Citrus College in Glendora on Tuesday at 2:30 p.m. and then will host the Owls on Thursday at 6 p.m.