WATSONVILLE — The Monte Vista Christian Mustangs couldn’t hang on to their early lead and dropped a close contest to the Terra Nova Tigers Wednesday afternoon, ending their season and CCS dreams.
Despite charging out to an early lead, scoring four runs in the first, the Mustangs fell to the team from Pacifica 8-7 in Watsonville.
Despite racking up eight hits, the Mustangs were undone by some sloppy defense — they made three errors — and strong pitching from the Tigers’ Ray Falk.
The Mustangs blew leads of 4-1 and 5-4. The fourth proved to be a critical inning.
New Mustang pitcher Kyle Clark struggled with his command, putting men on base and eventually walking in the go-head run, making it 6-5.
In the fifth, Clark walked another batter, then got the Tiges to hit into a double play.
But, in the game’s killer blow, Terra Nova scored two runs on a drive down the first base line, taking an 8-5 lead.
The Mustangs didn’t go down without a fight. They strung together some hits, and Cody Washington scored in the bottom of the fifth.
But Falk proved too strong for them in the late innings, as the Mustangs killed many potential rallies by hitting weak fly balls.
The big hit in the first inning was from Zander Fisher-Tellez. It was a bases-loaded, two-run double, a drive to right making it 3-1. Fisher-Tellez skidded on the infield and went down rounding first, but still made it to second.
But despite the early lead, a fired-up crowd and a never-say-die attitude, the day was not theirs.
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