(Mission Viejo, CA) For the first time in 13 months, the crack of the bat was heard and the Mounties were back in action.
They finished 13-8 in 2020 before the season was halted because of the pandemic.
On Tuesday, Mt. SAC had a 6-run ninth inning to come from behind and broke open a close game and defeated host Saddleback College, 11-3.
"We are extremely happy and blessed to be back playing baseball," Mt. SAC Baseball coach John Knott said. "It's been a long time coming and thrilled for our young men to get the opportunity.
"Our team fought hard the entire game and gave ourselves a chance to win late."
Trailing 3-2 in the seventh inning, Mt. SAC (1-0) scored three runs in the eighth and six in the ninth on nine hits and opened the 2021 season with a bang.
Highlighting the ninth inning was a three-run home run by freshman center fielder Art Ruiz (2 for 4). In the game, he also had an RBI double and two runs scored.
The Mounties bats exploded for 14 hits in the game, which included11 singles, a double, triple and a home run.
In addition, designated hitter Cristian Enriquez had three hits (3 for 6), a run scored and an RBI.
Also with two hits was third baseman Cole Jordan (2 for 5, R, RBI) and right fielder Michael Rosales (2 for 5, R, RBI).
"Offensively, we were led by Ruiz and a huge pinch-hit triple by Jason Flores in his first college at bat to give us a lead in the eighth," Knott added.
Sophomore right-hander Noah Woodall picked up the win with 2 1/3 innings of relief, allowing a single and striking out one batter.
Four Mounties pitchers combined for 12 strikeouts, including starter Michael Gutierrez (4 IP, 2 R) with five.
The Mounties continue the four-game series with Saddleback with their home opener Thursday (April 15) at Mazmanian Field. The game time is 2:00 pm.
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