(Rancho Cucamonga, CA) Mt. SAC (16-15, 10-6) snapped its four-game losing streak with an 11-8 come-from-behind South Coast Conference win over Chaffey (20-11, 10-7) on Saturday. The matchup concluded a three-game series that took place on Tuesday, Thursday, and Saturday. The Panthers came away with a 9-6 home win on Tuesday and a 5-3 victory on Thursday in 13 innings at Mt. SAC.
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Omar Veloz was the spark that kept the Mounties within striking distance of Chaffey on Tuesday, going 4-for-4 at the plate with three RBIs, three doubles, and a home run.
Other notable performances for Mt. SAC included Michael Sandoval (2-for-5), Kyle Koontz (1-for-2, 2 R), Jacob Dominguez (1-for-4, RBI) and Christian Heflin (1-for-1, RBI).
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Trailing 3-0 in the bottom of the sixth with Michael Sandoval on first, Kyle Koontz (1-for-6, 2 RBI, R, HR) homered for the Mounties to pull them within one, 3-2. Albert Luevano (2-for-6, R, 2B) followed with a double, then scored on a single by Derek Zavala (1-for-4, RBI) to tie the score at three.
The game remained tied until the Panthers scored twice in the top of the 13th and the Mounties were unable to score in the bottom of the inning.
Matt Garcia (1-2) got the loss for the Mounties, throwing one inning in relief of starter Noah Woodall (8 IP, 5 K) and reliever Steven Ordorica (4 IP, 4 K).
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Down 6-4 after six, Mt. SAC exploded for five runs in the top of the seventh to take the lead for good, then tacked on two more for good measure. Chaffey's two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth fell short as the Mounties held on for the victory.
With the bases loaded in the seventh, Omar Veloz's sacrifice fly scored Dylan Zavala (4-for-5, 2 RBI, 2 R, HR) for the Mounties' first run of the inning. A Chaffey error scored Albert Luevano and Kyle Koontz (1-for-3, 3 R) for Mt. SAC, then Alex Gonzalez (2-for-5, 3 RBI, R, 2B) drove Tyus Santa Anna (2-for-4, 2 RBI, 2 R, 2B) and Derek Zavala home with a two-out double.
Dylan Zavala homered in the top of the eighth and Koontz scored on a wild pitch to account for Mt. SAC's scoring in the inning.
The Mounties will host Pasadena City (19-9, 11-6) on Tuesday, April 9, at 2:30 p.m.
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