April 12th, 2012
SANTA CLARITA, Calif – On a cloudy afternoon in Santa Clarita, the Master’s College baseball squad split a double header with the visiting Lions of Vanguard University. The GSAC twinbill pinned the conference rivals against each other, as both teams possessed an impressive winning streak entering the day. With Vanguard winning 4 of their last 8 games and the Mustangs claiming seven in a row and 8 of their last 9 contests, the split served both teams' schedules.
The first three innings held most of the day’s action as both squads got on the scoreboard quickly and remained tied at 2-all until the 9th.
The Lions (18-16, 8-14 GSAC) drew first blood as junior Henry Yates led off the first inning by scoring off an unearned run from an error in center field. Short stop David Kirkiakos then singled to left field, earning the RBI by driving in J.T. Truhett and putting the Lions up 2-0.
The Mustangs immediately answered back in the home half of the first inning as Steve Karkenny (Chatsworth, CA) doubled to right field allowing senior Tanner Leighton (Meridian, ID) to cross homeplate. After a scoreless second, the third inning saw the Mustangs even the score, at 2-2, as as Leighton would again score off a single to right field by Spencer Downs (Kelso, WA).
The game would remain uneventful until the top of the 9th when Vanguard’s David Kiriakos scored off a double to right field by Alec Rosales, putting the first game on ice at 3-2.
Mustang pitcher Charlie Gillies (Castaic, CA) pitched 8 of the 9 innings, striking out 10, and giving up 5 hits and 2 runs. Tommy Kister finished up the game, giving up one run for a final score of 3-2.
After a lackluster performance by The Master's College offense in game one, new life erupted from the Mustang bats for a 14-1 victory in game two. Responding to a quick homerun by Vanguard's Bryce Aroyo in the early part of the first, The Mustangs would score at least one run in each of the game's 7 innings.
Chris Talley lead the onslaught with 2 hits and 5 RBI's, scoring twice himself. In addition, Spencer Downs scored 3 runs, got one hit, and earned an RBI.
Starting pitcher, Daniel Schaeffer, picked up his 5th win by taking care of business in 6 out of 7 innings,giving up 5 hits and 1 run while striking out 1. Freshman James Scott pitched the last inning for the Mustangs.
In the bottom of the first inning, the Mustang's Chris Talley lined out to left-center, driving Spencer Downs home and putting the Mustangs up 2-1. TMC would add 2 more runs when John Popadics knocked a long out to left-center field, scoring Sam Robinson.
In the third inning, TMC added three more runs. Bryan Lucas started the inning with a double to right center driving Spencer Downs across homeplate, for a 4-1score. Later, both Caleb Halverson and Chris Talley crossed home on Cody Harris' single to right field. With the score 6-1 at the end of the 3rd, the day's performance was anything but over.
The 4th inning saw the Mustangs explode for four more runs, giving them a 10-1 lead. TMC scored 3 of the 4 runs on just one hit, a double by Talley to centerfield, and the other off a hit from the bat of Cody Harris, scoring Chris Talley.
The Mustangs tacked on two more runs in the bottom of the 5th, then two more in the bottom of the 6th for a final margin of 14-1. Joe Riddle, Spencer Downs, and Bryan Mitchell had hits in the two final frames.
The Mustangs travel to Costa Mesa on Saturday, April 14th, to take on the Lions at Vanguard's home field. The twinbill begins at 12:00 noon.