In the Lancers threegame series against their rivals, Mt. San Antonio College, the Lancers lost all three games to the Mounties and were blown out on their last meeting Saturday 31-1 in the Mounties home turf.
The Lancers also lost to Mt. Sac 13-4 at Brookside Park’s Jackie Robinson Memorial Field on March 22, and 12-1 in their first series game at Mt. SAC on March 20. The baseball team has hit a major dry spell in losing the last four South Coast Conference games dropping its overall record to 4-16 and its SCC record to 2-7.
“We lack [a] certain amount poise, effort and focus and it was illustrated when a pitcher hits the batter and then throws a wild pitch,” said Coach Evan O’Meara. The coach felt the incident of the pitcher hitting the batter and then throwing a wild pitch was isolated, but this behavior continued on Saturday.
“The conference is not easy we’ve faced two of the better teams and hopefully we can bounce back from this,” said O’Meara. At Saturday’s game the Lancers struggle was apparent allowing the Mounties to score 10 runs in one inning.
The Lancers did have plenty of hits against the Mounties but couldn’t follow through and score. In Saturday’s game, the Lancers were able to rally at the top of the eight inning when Spencer Stute hit a pop fly out that brought in Charles Smith to score the Lancer’s only run.
One bright spot in Thursday’s game was first baseman David Haltstead who hit a solo home run over the center field wall at the bottom of the fifth inning.
“Haltstead had a tremendous game [on Thursday] with good plays defensively, his solo home run, and [I was] happiest to see him giving up his body to hustle down the first base line to catch a foul ball,” said O’Meara.
“It felt good to hit that homer,” said Haltstead. Haltstead would not catch the ball but gave a great effort on the diving play. He was almost cut from the team in late fall but has turned out great said coach.
“I knew I was on the bubble and worked hard to come back before winter break,” said Haltstead.