A Good Day's Work For A Championship
April 26, 2013
By Sam Taber, TMC Sports Information Intern
Santa Clarita, Calif. -- The Master’s College Mustangs wrapped up their first GSAC regular-season championship in 10 years Friday afternoon on beating Westmont in the first game of a three-game weekend series on Reese Field. With the win, the Mustangs improved to 35-15 overall and 23-11 in the GSAC, the best mark in the conference.
Second-place Concordia, which beat Vanguard, is 21-13 in conference play and can only, at best, tie the Mustangs. If the Mustangs were swept by the Warriors on Saturday and the Eagles beat Vanguard twice, the tie between the two clubs would be broken by a second tie-breaker, the best record against third-place San Diego Christian. Since the Mustangs own the edge there, they claim the championship.
A. J. Work (Boise, ID) threw a complete game for the Mustangs, giving up nine hits but just one run. He fanned three along the way to earn his tenth win (10-4) of the season, a victory that tied him with Chris Beck (28, 1991-94) for the most wins in school history.
The Mustang offense struck early with an rbi single in the first inning by Joe Riddle (Bakersfield, CA). The Mustang bats then stayed silent until the fifth when shortstop Jonathan Popadics (Boise, ID) plated Sam Robison (San Juan Capistrano, CA) with a double to left field. Popadics eventually scored from third on a double steal. Cody Harris (Lakewood, CA) and Riddle both followed with runs batted in of their own. Centerfielder Caleb Halverson (Temple City, CA) and leftfielder Steven Karkenny (Chatsworth, CA) both had solid days at the plate, as well.
Torin Shaikh started on the mound for Westmont, working the rubber for five innings, giving up eight hits and three earned runs. He was relieved by J. P. Cohn in the sixth inning, who allowed three more hits and no earned runs. The two runs that the Mustangs did score in the seventh came from errors by the Warrior third baseman and Cohn himself
Though the Warriors only scored one run as a team, catcher Brandon Gildea had a superb day offensively, going 2-4 with two doubles and an rbi. Third baseman David Gabel also fared well, going 2-3 with a run scored.
The Mustangs and the Warriors wrap up the regular season on Saturday with a doubleheader that starts at noon on Reese Field.