Monarchs go 0-2 in a two game series against Mission College Eagles.
by: Jorge Belon, News Editor
On a windy Thursday afternoon, Valley College blew a 2-0 lead against Los Angeles Mission College losing 7-2 and going 0-2 in a two game series against the Eagles.
“I just do not think we are mentally tough enough,” said Monarch center fielder Scott Stetson. “We have shown flashes of how good we really are, but at the end we just get comfortable and we lose focus.”
At the top of the ninth, freshman pitcher Robbie Stowell was three strikes away from getting an upset victory over the first place team in the conference.
Stowell started the inning by making Mission’s shortstop, Erick Luna, hit a pop up ball that was caught for an out.
The next player that came up to bat for the Eagles was hit by a pitch placing a runner on first base for Mission.
Eagles’ left fielder, Ray Caranza, jogged to home base cutting the lead 2-1, after Mission’s first basemen Conner O’Brien got a base hit sending Caranza home.
The Eagles tied the game 2-2 due to errors committed by Valley. Stowell over threw the Monarch’s first baseman, which lead to Mission scoring the tying run.
Pitcher Michael Alcarez replaced Stowell to finish the ninth as the green and gold headed into extra innings with the game tied at two runs apiece.
In extra innings, the Eagles showed their dominance and scored five runs to secure a 7-2 victory over the Monarchs, winning both games in the two game series against Valley.
“It’s a shame,” said Monarchs’ Coach Dave Mallas. “We played a solid eight and third innings today but we just could not finish.”
In the first eight innings, the green shirts allowed five hits by Mission got giving away any runs.
The Monarchs’ starting pitcher, Jesus Farias, faced 28 batters in his seven innings while striking out three Eagles, and kept a team who has scored more than 190 runs in 25 games at zero.
In the bottom of the fifth inning, the Monarchs scored two runs to take a 2-0 lead, but could not get a rhythm going to continue their offensive attack.
“We cannot just score two runs and expect to win,” said Mallas. “Against a team like Mission, that will never happen.”
Valley’s next home game will be against College of the Canyons on Saturday, April 5 at 1 p.m.