The Sea Lions and Mustangs opened their Golden State Athletic
Conference schedules with a double-header split at Point Loma.
First game (nine innings): The Sea Lions were in control of
this game for the first four innings, building a 4-0 lead on an RBI
on a ground out by SS Clinton Harwick, an RBI on a ground out by 2B
Marcus Heisner, and back-to-back RBI doubles by DH Tyler Nordgren and
LF Bryan Burkhead. Sea Lions starter Justin Lawrence held the
Mustangs to one hit over the first four innings.
The Mustangs got on the board in the top of the fifth, when DH Joe
Riddle scored on a ground out by 1B Spencer Downs. The Sea Lions got
a two-run home run by RF Trey Hunt in the sixth, and the Mustangs got
a home run by C Bryan Lucas in the seventh, making the score 6-2.
The Mustangs got back in the game a two-run home run by RF Chris
Talley in the top of the eighth, off Nolan Stouder, who had just come
in in relief of starter Justin Lawrence. Talley's home run made the
score 6-4, and that's as close as the Mustangs got. Stouder was
replaced by true freshman Garrett Gooding, and it was lights out.
Gooding struck out five of the seven batters he faced, allowed one
hit. The Sea Lions completed the scoring with a two-run home run by
LF Brian Burkhead in the bottom of the eighth.
Burkhead went 3-for-4 with a double and three RBI. Lawrence got
the win; he allowed two runs on six hits, struck out five. Sea Lions
CF Eddie Roberts made a good catch of a fly ball in the seventh. A.J.
Work got the loss, and Lucas and LF Steve Karkenny when 2-for-4.
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Second game (seven innings): This one was close all the
way. The Mustangs started with two runs in the top of the first; the
first one came on an RBI single by LF Steve Karkenny. Karkenny scored
on a ground out by DH Joe Riddle, but the Mustangs missed a chance to
score some more runs when RF Chris Talley was caught off third base,
ending their half of the inning. The Sea Lions scored one run in the
bottom of the first on an RBI single by DH Tyler Nordgren.
The score stayed 2-1 until the sixth inning. The Sea Lions got
double plays in the second and third innings; the one in the third
inning was an unusual 3-6. The bottom of the fourth ended with CF
Eddie Roberts caught stealing. The Mustangs had a runner in scoring
position in the fifth, but he was stranded after a long at-bat by CF
Tanner Leighton; Sea Lions starter Jack Archie eventually got
Leighton to fly out.
The turning point of this game was the bottom of the fifth. The
Sea Lions had runners at first and third with nobody out. Mustang
starter Daniel Sheaffer was relieved by Zack Anderson. The first
batter he faced, SS Clinton Harwick, hit a line drive in the
direction of first base. It was caught by 1B Spencer Downs, and he
stepped on the bag for an unassisted double play. Anderson got the
next batter to fly out, stranding the runner at third.
The Mustangs got the winning run in the sixth, on a home run by
Talley. The Sea Lions got one back in the bottom of the sixth on an
RBI single by CF Eddie Roberts, and the score was 3-2 going into the
The Mustangs got two insurance runs in the top of the seventh. 2B
Ryan Shakelford started with a single. He moved to second on a ground
out, then to third on a bunt single by Leighton. The next batter,
Karkenny, laid down another bunt single, scoring Shakelford. The
Mustangs sent in Caleb Halvorson to pinch-hit, and he drew a walk,
loading the bases. The next batter was Riddle, and he hit a single to
score a run. The Sea Lions managed only a walk in the bottom of the
Sheaffer got the win, and Anderson got a save; Anderson pitched
three innings, allowed one run on two hits, struck out one, walked
two. Archie got the loss. Shakelford went 3-for-3 for the Mustangs.
RF Trey Hunt went 2-for-3 for the Sea Lions.
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from Point Loma site
If you've heard that Carroll B. Land Stadium is “America's most
scenic ballpark”, well, there's quite a bit to support this claim.
You've heard about those luxury skyboxes at all the big league
ballparks for the corporate high-rollers? Carroll B. Land has the
“Club View” over the left field dugout, and admission to it is
free. They have an outdoor barbecue on the right field side,
comfortable seating, and all this next to the Pacific Ocean. Fog was
a factor in a couple of fly balls early in the first game. Because
there are pedestrian areas and tennis courts behind home plate and on
the right-field side, a siren sounds whenever a foul ball clears the
netting around the field.
Coming later: an interview with The Master's Coach Monte Brooks