Morningside’s baseball team began its Spring Break trip to California with a bang when it upset fourteenth-ranked The Masters 4-1 on Monday at Lou Herwaldt Stadium in Santa Clarita.
Mustang starting pitcher Richard Mitchell tamed The Masters on three hits over the first 5.2 innings to get the win and improve his record to 2-1. Mitchell allowed one run, walked two and struck out one.
Jared Sorenson pitched 2.1 innings of hitless and scoreless relief before Elliott Conover maneuvered his way around a pair of Masters’ hits to hurl a scoreless ninth inning for his second save of the young campaign. Sorenson walked one and struck out four of the nine batters he faced, while Conover had one strikeout.
The Mustangs took a 1-0 lead in the top of the third inning when Levi Davidson led off with a single, was sacrificed to second by Mitch Kellogg, advanced to third on a wild pitch and scored on a groundout by Dylan Mersola.
The Masters scored a run in the bottom of the fourth inning to tie the score before the Mustangs scored twice in the top of the sixth to take the lead for good.
Jordan Pierce had the big hit of the Mustangs’ sixth inning with a RBI single, while Mersola and Nathan DeChaine each singled earlier in the inning.
The Mustangs tacked on an insurance run in the eighth when Mersola led off with a walk and scored when Joe Genoways bounced into a double play.
DeChaine and Pierce each went two-for-four at the plate to pace a seven-hit Morningside offensive attack. The Mustangs’ other hits were singles by Mersola, Genoways and Davidson.
Morningside will play an 8 p.m. game against Hope International on Tuesday in Fullerton, Calif.