Baseball Team Rallies to Give Alonzo 500th Win

The MSJC baseball team won 8-7 in extra innings Saturday at College of the Desert earning Head Coach Steve Alonzo his 500th win at the school.alonzo500(2).jpg

Alonzo, who is in his 26th year in charge of the Eagle program, saw his team win at Desert for the second time in a week and both times it took extra innings to get the job done.  Saturday the Eagles fell behind early, but rallied for three runs in the top of the sixth to take a 5-3 lead.  Fernando Fernandez had a pinch hit two run single in the sixth to give MSJC their first lead of the day.  COD answered with 2 in the bottom of the sixth and retook the lead with two in the seventh to make the score 7-5 headed to the eighth.  In the top of the eighth Markalexander Gamo drove in a run and later scored on an error to tie the game.  Neither team would score in the ninth to send the game to extra innings.

In the top of the 12th Johnny Armenta hit an infield single with the bases loaded and two outs to score Chase Phillips and give the Eagles a 8-7 lead.  Sean Sanders pitched 5 and 2/3 innings of scoreless relief for the victory on the mound.  Sanders ended the day allowing 5 hits and striking out three.  The win pushed the Eagles record to 20-13 on the year and 13-8 in Foothill Conference games.  The 13-8 mark has the Eagles tied for second place in the conference with 3 games to play.  MSJC finishes up the regular season this week with a three game series against Cerro Coso.  The Eagles host Coso on Tuesday and Friday and travel to Ridgecrest on Thursday.

Alonzo's career record now stands at 500-541 over nearly three decades.  In that time the Eagles are 386-333 in Foothill Conference contests.  This year's team is still in the hunt for a play-off spot with a week left in the season.  MSJC is looking for their fifth play-off appearance under Alonzo's guidance.

The MSJC baseball team celebrates Head Coach Steve Alonzo's 500th victory on Saturday as the Eagles beat rival College of the Desert 8-7 in 12 innings in Palm Desert.