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Mustangs Heading Back to the Postseason for 3rd Consecutive Season
With an 11-4 victory over Laney College on Tuesday the LMC Baseball Program secured a spot in the 2014 California State Championship Playoffs. This marks the 3rd consecutive season the Mustangs will play postseason baseball. "Today was another great day of LMC Baseball. We talked at the very beginning of the year about how hard it is to make consecutive trips to the playoffs at our level with how much turnover we see in the rosters every year. To be competing for a State Championship for the 3rd consecutive season now is a great reminder of how hard these players work to get better every day, both on and off the field," explained Head Coach Anthony D'Albora. "Looking at this year's group and the impact our 12 Sophomores have had for us on the field every day, I am excited to see what we are capable of doing in the playoffs. There is a lot of experience in our group this year and a lot of players hungry to improve on the things they accomplished last season."
The playoffs begin next week. LMC will find out it's first round match-up after the Playoff Seeding Meeting this Sunday. For all playoff information go to http://www.cccbca.com/information/playoffs_2013 (4/24/14)
Mustangs Putting Up Numbers in the Classroom
The LMC baseball team spent much of the fall working on getting better at throwing strikes on the mound and taking quality swings at the plate, but the field wasn't the only place they had success. The LMC baseball program (over 50 student athletes) put together a team GPA of 2.968. Among the group, 24 student athletes finished with a fall GPA above 3.0 and 12 finished with a GPA above 3.5. "These are the numbers we enjoy talking about," explained Head Coach Anthony D'Albora. "For these players to move on and be successful at the next level it's going to take a commitment by them at being great as students, athletes and men. We work hard every day as players and as people, but this is a great testament to the work they are putting in to become better students. We are proud of the group, but we aren't done yet. As a group we are capable of being better every day and we will push ourselves hard moving forward to get our team GPA above the 3.0 mark." Here is a list of the LMC baseball players who achieved a 3.5 GPA or higher this fall: Jared Ambuehl (3.72), Joe Banks (3.5), Ryan Derdak (4.0), Zach Finley (3.53), Jack Higgins (3.55), Jerome Hill (3.5), Jacob Jones (3.61), Robbie McLeod (3.8), John Mead (3.5), Joe Navihlon (3.73), Eric Sickles (3.67), and Ryan Welsh (3.77). (1/17/14)
LMC Baseball to Host 3rd Annual Cardinal vs. Black Classic
The Los Medanos College Baseball Program will hold their 3rd Annual Pre-Season Fundraiser game this year on Saturday January 25th. The Cardinal vs. Black Classic is a game the Mustangs hold each year one week before the start of the season to raise funds for the program, as well as to prepare their players for the upcoming year. "The Cardinal vs. Black Classic is a great way for us to showcase to family and the community this year's program," explained Head Coach Anthony D'Albora. "We hope to get a lot of people out to watch us play to help support the program, but we also are just excited for the opportunity to compete in front of our family and friends and help prepare our players for the upcoming season. It should be a great day for LMC, and a perfect way to kick off 2014 Mustang Baseball." Tickets can be purchased from any LMC Baseball Player or Coach for $10 or at the field on the day of the game. First pitch will be at 1:00 p.m. Any questions about the game can be sent to Head Coach Anthony D'Albora at firstname.lastname@example.org. (1/15/14)
2013 Mustangs Moving On!
After another successful campaign on the diamond, the Los Medanos College baseball program is proud to announce that nine of the Mustangs from the 2013 class will be moving on to continue their academic and baseball careers at the next level. Head Coach Anthony D'Albora talked about the group that will be moving on, "We could not be more proud of the success of these student athletes that will be representing LMC at nine different universities in 2014. It is important to enjoy the wins and successes we have had on the field in the past few year, but as a coach there is no greater sense of pride andaccomplishment than seeing our guys put in the work they do in their time here and be rewarded with the opportunity to continue their dreams of playing baseball at the highest level. Hopefully in fifteen years all nine of these guys will come back to LMC after having had successful careers as baseball players, businessmen, husbands, fathers or whatever it is that life brings them, and then I can really brag about the accomplishments we as coaches have had." (8/13/13)
Minnesota Twins Draft LMC Outfielder
The third day of the 2013 Major League Baseball Player Draft was a great day for Los Medanos and their sophomore outfielder Kelly Starnes. Starnes was the 40th round selection of the Minnesota Twins. "This opportunity is a result of Kelly's tireless work ethic and drive to get better each and every day, explained Head Coach Anthony D'Albora. I'm very excited to see where this takes him, and I am very excited for what this means for our program. It is the recognition our great players deserve for the type of work they are putting in and the type of people they are becoming. Hopefully, Kelly is the first of many draft selections we get to brag about in the coming years." (Posted 6/12/13)
For the second year in a row, and the third in the past four seasons, the LMC Baseball team will be competing in the State Baseball Championship Tournament. LMC finished with a 14-10 conference record, and will be one of four teams representing the Bay Valley Conference in the tournament. Head Coach Anthony D’Albora talked about the 2013 team, “We knew coming in to the season we had a talented group here at LMC. I am very proud that this group will get the opportunity to compete for a State Championship. It speaks a lot to the leadership of our sophomores, who are back for a second time, and a lot about the consistency of this program and these players.” The Mustangs will open their playoff run on Tuesday, April 30th at 2:00 p.m. against Mission College. For full playoff coverage go to www.cccbca.com. (Posted 5/3/13)
The LMC Baseball Team accomplished a lot on the field in 2013 and they were rewarded with seven selections on the Bay Valley All-Conference List. Below are the Mustang selections:
All-Conference 1st Team:
Outfield: Kelly Starnes (CF)
All-Conference 2nd Team:
Pitcher: Peter Nyznyk
Infield: Jimmy Gardner (2B), Ryan Lacy (SS)
All-Conference Honorable Mention:
Dylan Bezayiff (C), Matt McHenry (3B), Logan Overly (P)
“This is a great accomplishment for us to place seven players on the All-Conference list. Two players (Kelly Starnes and Peter Nyznyk) were rewarded with the second consecutive year of being recognized for their performance throughout the year, and five first timers who put up quality numbers for us as well,” explained Head Coach Anthony D’Albora. “This speaks a lot to the level of talent we have here at LMC, but more than anything it is deserved recognition for the outstanding work ethic of seven great members of our baseball program.” (Posted 5/3/13)
With the season fast approaching, the 2013 LMC Baseball team will hold their 2nd Annual Cardinal vs. White Classic fundraiser intersquad game at 1pm on Saturday January 26th. Head Coach Anthony D'Albora described the meaning behind the game, "For us this game is very important. Sure, it's a great way to try to fundraise some money for the program, but the most important part for us as a team is to excite the community about what it is we are doing here and help our guys prepare for the beginning of the season. I explained to the group this game serves as a dress rehearsal for us. It's a great chance to shake out some of the nerves that come with playing your first college baseball game in front of an audience. Hopefully the group will get more comfortable competing with one another, and better understand the pace it's going to take for them to be great. Beyond that I hope we get thousands of fans and supporters to show up and see for themselves why we believe this group has a chance to be very good on the field." Tickets for the game are $10 and can be purchased from any LMC player or coach, or at the field on the day of the game. For any questions about the game or the 2013 LMC Mustangs please contact Head Coach Anthony D'Albora at email@example.com.
After a very successful 2012 campaign the Los Medanos College baseball program was rewarded with seven selections to the All-Conference Team for the Bay Valley Conference. Head Coach Casey Coakley was very proud of the accomplishments of his players, "This is a great honor for our program, but especially for the hard work these seven young men put in every day on and off the field. At the end of the day these guys cared about finding ways to win games as a group and compete at the highest level but, when the dust settles a bit, it is always great for these players to receive the praise they deserve for the parts they played in our team's successful season."
The 2012 Post Season Awards were as follows:
All-Conference 2nd Team:
Infield: Anthony Nicolosi (1B), Cody Stephens (SS)
Pitcher: Peter Nyznyk
All-Conference 1st Team:
Infield: Roger Luna (3B)
Outfield: Kelly Starnes (CF)
Pitcher: Chris Lovejoy
Utility: Blake Hanestad (OF/RHP)
The Los Medanos College Baseball program announced the winners of their first annual end of the season team award winners. These awards were voted on by the players and coaches of the LMC team. Assistant Coach Anthony D'Albora explained the importance of these awards, "We are really excited to start a new tradition here at LMC with these end of the season awards. Sometimes post season awards are watered down by numbers and they loose the personality and culture of what makes those players so great. We feel like these awards, as voted on by the people who grind at the game here at LMC every day speak perfectly to our culture and the type of people that are moving on through our program."
Pitcher of the Year: Left handed pitcher Chris Lovejoy was selected as the best pitcher from the 2012 season. Lovejoy ended the season with the team lead in innings (109.1), strikeouts (74), earned run average (2.39), and tied for the team lead in wins (8).
Defensive Player of the Year: Freshman CF Kelly Starnes was selected as the top defensive player for the 2012 season. Starnes led the team in outfield assists, and more than any number earned the selection with his amazing ability to catch just about everything hit in the air.
Most Valuable Player: Sophomore RHP/OF Blake Hanestad was selected as the LMC Most Valuable Player for his contributions both on the mound and at the plate. Hanestad had a 2.51 earned run average, with three wins and three saves in sixty one innings of work on the mound. At the plate he hit .303, with forty three hits and thirty runs driven in.
Jerry Coakley Mustang of the Year: The Mustang of the Year Award was give to both Freshman INF Matt McHenry and Sophomore OF Jake Westhorpe. "The Mustang of the Year Award is the most special award in my opinion," explained Coach D'Albora. "This award is given to the player who best embodies the culture and pride of the LMC program: Loyalty Merit Champion."
LMC's sophomore shortstop Cody Stephens was named the Player of the Week for Northern California by the California Community College Baseball Coach's Association for the week of 2/27-3/4. Stephens had five hits in eleven at bats with three runs scored, a double and seven runs batted in during the Mustang's first week of conference games. You can check out the post online or on Facebook.
As the Mustangs continue their 2012 season, the field is not the only place they are finding success. Sophomore OF/RHP Blake Hanestad, and sophomore C/OF Jake Westhorpe were both recognized for their accomplishments in the classroom as a part of the 2012 CCCBCA All-Academic Team. The list was voted on by the California Community College Baseball Coach's Association. LMC was one of only three teams to have multiple players make the list. Hanestad posted a 3.75 cumulative GPA coming in to the 2012 season, and Westhorpe has earned a cumulative GPA of 3.94 at LMC. You can view the 2012 All-Academic Team announcement and list at the CCCBCA website.
As the Mustangs prepare for the 2012 season, Head Coach Casey Coakley has announced the 2011 fall schedule for the LMC Baseball program. The schedule includes nine contests, with one final game to be added at a later date. Seven of those nine games are scheduled to be played at LMC. Opponents include conference foes Diablo Valley College, Contra Costa College, and Napa Valley College. Go to our web page to view the schedule online.
The coaching staff of the Los Medanos College (LMC) baseball team is proud to announce that most sophomore players for the past two years have received scholarships and all have moved on to play for four-year schools. This is an amazing feat for the college's team and coaches. (more...)
Rob Pena has been selected to the Northern California All American Team as the Designated Hitter. In 2011 Rob led the Mustangs with a .389 avg. and home runs, he was second on the team in hits, RBI's, doubles, and triples. 1st Team All Bay Valley Outfielder Sam Faleafine was named to the All Northern California Team. Sam was third in hitting for the Mustangs with a .369 avg. Sam led LMC in triples, doubles, runs scored, was 3rd in RBI's and swiped 25 bags of 30 attempted.
Outfielder Sam Faleafine, Designated Hitter Rob Pena and Utility Player Mitch Wilhite were named 1st Team All Bay Valley Conference following the 2011 baseball campaign. In addition Pitcher Austin Wiggins was named to the 2nd Team All Conference squad.
Returning All-Conference performers Tyler Buchanan (C), Sam Faleafine (OF), Austin Wiggins (P), and Mitch Wilhite (2B) have been named Pre-Season All-Americans for the 2011 season.
All Bay-Valley 1st Team performers Mitch Wilhite and Sam Faleafine have signed letters of intent to attend perennial NAIA powerhouse Lewis & Clark State College on baseball scholarships.Congratulations Mitch and Sam!
An All Bay Valley Conference pitcher in 2010, Austin Wiggins has signed a letter of intent to play for the Fresno State Bulldogs in the coming 2012 baseball season. In 2010 Austin was 8-2 with a 3.53 ERA and 78 srike-outs in 94 1/3 innings pitched while maintaining a 3.806 GPA. Congratulations to Austin for his work on the field and in the classroom.
Pitcher Chaz Vink(3.85) and Infielder Stephen Cunha(3.69) were named Academic All-Americans. Chaz is currently pursuing his degree at UC Santa Barbara and Steve at UC Davis.