|Fly Like An Eagle|
Concordia scored all of its runs in the first five innings and went on to blow out The Master’s College 10-3 Tuesday afternoon in Santa Clarita.
The defeat extended the Mustangs’ losing streak to five games and lowered their GSAC record to 4-7 (13-11 overall).
The Eagles started quickly, nicking Mustang starter Charlie Gillies for a run in the top of the first on a leadoff triple and a sacrifice fly.
Two innings later, the Eagles added two more runs and they never looked back. Gillies didn’t help his cause, walking two batters, hitting another, giving up a run-scoring single, and uncorking a wild pitch that gave the Eagles a 3-0 lead.
In the bottom of the third, the Mustangs got one of those runs back. With one out, Cody Harris reached on an error and raced all the way home on a Ben Ives’ double to left field.
However, the value of that run, slicing the deficit to two runs, was all but erased in the top of the fourth when the Eagles erupted for four runs. Gillies (4-3) never recorded an out in the frame and was gone after allowing a pair of singles, a run-scoring double, and a two-run double. Reliever Tommy Kister got out of the inning but the Eagles tallied one more time to take a commanding 7-1 lead.
In the bottom of the frame, the Mustangs put up another single run, this time with one swing of the bat. J. T. Adams, leading off the inning, muscled up against Eagle starter Dean Persinger and swatted his team-best sixth home run of the year over the fence in right field. Chris Talley kept things rolling with an infield hit and one out later Jared Otto walked. James Scott bounced into a forceout, putting runners at the corners but the rally fizzled when Scott was thrown out trying to steal second base.
Once again, though, the Eagles answered back and they went two better than the Mustangs, posting a three-spot in the top of the fifth to go up 10-2. They beat up Kister with a two-run homer and an rbi single.
Capping a three-inning stretch in which they scored one run per frame, the Mustangs added their final tally of the afternoon in the bottom of the fifth. Bryan Lucas opened the inning with a bunt single and courtesy runner James Sloan moved to second base when Harris singled through the left side. Moments later, Sloan scampered home when Concordia’s second baseman booted Ives’ grounder. All of this happened with no outs, but Persinger bore down and got the final three outs of the inning without any more damage.
Persinger wound up going seven innings, giving up just six hits and one earned run. The Mustangs banged out three hits the rest of the way but didn’t get anybody past first base until the ninth when Lucas reached third before dying there.
Paced by Talley, Lucas, and Harris with two hits apiece, the Mustangs finished with eight hits.
With a return match against the Eagles awaiting them on Wednesday afternoon, the Mustangs can put this loss behind them quickly. They’ll send ace Tyler Bersano (3-3) to the mound for the 3:00pm start.