I’ve had a night to sleep on MMC’s 7-2 loss to defending NAIA champion Lubbock Christian Tuesday night, and here’s what I’ve come up with: LCU is good. (By the way, here is the game story from the Lubbock paper.)
(Wow, I know you expect that kind of earth-shattering insight from me, but that’s about the extent of it.)
The LCU starting pitcher, Paul Gonzalez, was dealing, striking out eight Lancers. (MMC averages around 4.7 a game.) The former Texas Tech pitcher is 9-1 on the season.
“Their pitchers are some of the better we’ve seen,” MMC head coach Andy Bernatow said of the Chaparral’s pitchers. “He had a good change-up, a good slider. He had two, three out pitches.”
MMC had a chance to score first, but a base-running blunder with the bases loaded in the second inning set a bad tone for the rest of the game. With one out, Ross Heine hit a sinking liner to right, which LCU’s J.J. Muse caught with a diving catch. But the runner on third left early and was doubled off.
The Lancers did not get another scoring opportunity until the sixth inning, when Jason Schmidt and Zach Lambrechts went back-to-back to cut the Lancer deficit to 5-2.
“We put ourselves in a position to get back in the game,” said MMC senior Trey Krier. “It’s something we can build on for the next time we face these guys.”
The next time won’t happen for at least one game. Texas-Brownsville and Avila are playing at 11 a.m. today, with the Lancers playing the winner at 6 p.m. York and LCU play at 2:30 p.m. in the last winner’s bracket game.
Here is how things play out. If MMC wins tonight, they will play the loser of the York-LCU game at 1 p.m., with the winner of that game playing the winner of the LCU-York game at 5 p.m. If there is an “if” game, it will be played 1 p.m. Friday.
If you want to check it out, here are the photos from Tuesday’s games.