Mustang Bats Go Silent
Santa Clarita, Calif.- The second game of the double-header at Reese Field on Saturday afternoon ended with the same result as the first when Simpson beat Master’s by one run. The Redhawk victory evened their record at 3-3 (0-0) while dropping the Mustangs to 1-2 (0-0).
Neither team could produce much offensively as this game was a pitchers dual from the first pitch.
The Redhawks did pose a threat in the second inning, however. With the bases loaded and one out, TMC pitcher, Charlie Gillies, started an inning ending double play to keep the game scoreless.
Master’s never seemed to figure out Simpson starter, Scott Mckeen, as Coach Brooks’ team only produced three hits in the seven inning battle. Mckeen would go the distance for the Redhawks as he struck out four TMC batters and did not surrender a walk.
In the top of the fifth inning, Simpson would score the only run of the game. With two outs, Angel Marti would single and then advance to second on an error and then to third on a wild pitch. Matthew Alton eventually singled up the middle to bring Marti home which would prove to be the game winning run.
TMC would pose a small threat in the sixth inning, but could not capitalize to even the score.
Daniel Sheaffer came on in relief of Gillies in the seventh inning and retired Simpson fairly quickly by allowing only one batter to reach base on a walk.
PHOTO COURTESY OF TONY BERRU
The Mustangs got hits from Tanner Leighton, Stephen Karkenny, and Ryan Shackelford. Gillies threw six strong innings, as he gave up only one run and scattered eight hits.
Coach Brooks’ squad will return to action on Friday, February 3rd as they host Arizona Christian. First pitch is set for 2:00 pm.