The Mt. SAC baseball team had its playoff hopes ended on one swing of Eric Miranda’s bat, a two-run home run in the first inning, which would be all Compton needed to win 3-0 Tuesday afternoon at Manzmanian Field. Compton would score one more insurance run in the seventh inning to seal the victory.
Entering Tuesday’s contest, the Mounties were in third place, one-half game behind Compton, and needed to win both remaining games to make the playoffs.
Mt. SAC kept its slim playoff hopes alive by taking both games against Pasadena City College 14-4 and 10-4 last week after losing 9-10 in 11 innings to Long Beach City College.
Except for the home run to Miranda, Mounties starter Tyler Jimenez settled down as he escaped a bases-loaded jam in the second inning. Jimenez held Compton to only three hits the next six innings to give Mt. SAC a chance at a comeback. His defense, however, did not help him much, committing two errors through his seven innings, although he was fortunate that Compton would not be able to capitalize on the errors.
Jimenez (4-3) would finish the game giving up all three runs on five hits, seven strike outs, three walks and a wild pitch.
Once again, the Mounties’ inability to drive runners in scoring position led to its downfall. With its best chance in the fifth inning, Mt. SAC was not able to capitalize on a bases-loaded situation and finished 0 for 5 with runners in scoring position for the game.
Compton (20-15, 14-6 SCC) opened up the game with a single by Alfred Lopez, who would later be picked off first base. Matthew Young would walk, setting up Miranda’s home run. Young would then triple in Josh Lovingwood in the seventh to complete Compton’s scoring.
Compton starter Marcos Lara (6-4) pitched the complete game shutout giving up only five hits, while striking out seven and walking one .
Mt. SAC ended their season with a 10-4 loss at Compton College Thurs., Apr. 29 and finished the seeason. They ended the season 18-17 (12-9 in conference).