Mid 2020 Season Update
While we transition to this pause on our season here are some updates on major Mustang Accomplishments so far in 2020.
- #8 in CCCBCA NorCal Rankings
- #19 in CCCAA State Rankings
- #1 in Bay Valley Conference Standings
NorCal Player of the Week Awards
1/30/20 RHP James Biles
CG 1 Hit Shutout, 6K, 94 pitches, 29 batters faced (2 over the minimum)
10 for 14 (.714), 7 R, 7 RBI, 3 2B, 2 3B, 1 HR, Hit for the Cycle 3/5/20
2020 Statistical Leaders
James Biles 0.80 ERA (4th in California), Josh Cerejo 0.83 ERA (5th in CA)
- Batting Average:
Seth Salter .429 AVG (11th in California)
Jesus Hernandez 20 RBI (1st in Bay Valley Conference, 47th in CA)
- Team Stats:
2.88 ERA (1st in Conference) 55 BB Allowed (2nd in CA) 41 SB (16th in CA)
Awards and Commitments
- 6 Academic All-State (2 P, 2 INF, 2 OF)
- 5 Commitments so far (2 NCAA D1, 2 NCAA D2, 1 NAIA)
- LMC Named Aspen Institute Top 150 US Community College
- Athletics Facility Virtual Tour
Mustangs Celebrate Successful 2020 Season
Although the 2020 season didn't finish the way the LMC Baseball program, or anyone, planned there was a lot to be proud of and a lot to look back on. "I think more than ever this year was a year our group showcased the things we are working towards building. The issues we all faced go beyond baseball and in uncertain times our guys continued to find a way to get things done on and off the field." explained Head Coach Anthony D'Albora. "I wholeheartedly believe this group would have made history on the field with how well they proved they could play together but when they weren't given that opportunity they found new ways to execute and leave their mark on this program. Those are the things, and the people we will remember the most."
Here are some of the accomplishments of the LMC Baseball program in the spring;
- 15-5 overall record before the season was canceled
- Ranked #12 in the final Northern California Poll
- 3.3 Spring Team GPA, new program record
- 16 Sophomores qualify for Academic All-Conference
- 5 Academic All State
- 14 STANGS moving on to 4 year schools
"This season wasn't the one our Sophomores wanted but I hope when we look back at this group we'll remember how much of an impact these guys had on our program and our campus community. They made history in 2019, and were well on their way again in 2020. They got it done in the classroom, and they found great opportunities to continue their baseball and academic careers. They got it done just like everyone else before them, maybe even better, and on top of it all during a time when everything was pulling against them. I'll always remember them forever for that and can't wait to continue building on the foundation they continue to lay."
2019 Was a Season of First for the Stangs.
Here are some highlights;
- 2019 Bay Valley Conference Champs!
- LMC Regional and Santa Rosa Super Regional Champions
- Advanced to NorCal Final 4
- Top 8 Team in California
- Team GPA of 3.04 for Spring Semester
- 5 Academic All-Conference
- 10 Selected to Bay Valley AllConference Team
- 1B Vince Lontz PAD Rawlings Gold Glove Winner
- 15 Players Moving on to 4 Year Schools (12 on Athletic Scholarship)
Stangs finish Spring with a 3.04 Team GPA
4.0 Trevor Fletcher, Daniel Glorioso, Justin Roper, Nick Sherman, Jay Telles, Matty Vicencio
3.7 Conner Capps, Josh Cerejo, Andrew Evans, Jake Guzman, Jordan Terrell, Guus Van Der Poel
3.5 Zack Ellsworth, Matt Freeman, Mitch Hofer, Jacob Jackson, Nick Menjivar, Shane Watkins
3.3 Max Alers, Victor Anguiano, Willy Chien, Jesus Hernandez, Vince Lontz, Scott Meylan, Christian Turner
3.0 Jason Bray, Daniel Brown, Neko Capsaliaris, Cole Christensen, Jackson Hall, Brett Pendleton
Mustangs Clinch First Conference Championship in School History
It was a day of firsts for the Mustangs on Thursday afternoon in Yuba. For the first time in program history the Mustangs are the Champions of the Bay Valley Conference. "What a day to be a Stang," explained Head Coach Anthony D'Albora. "This one is a culmination of building blocks. A foundation laid by players, by coaches, by men who have come before this group to lead the way to where we've wanted so desperately to be. We will never forget this day. It's a group bonded together forever now, and a journey we won't ever forget. I hope what they remember the most is the work they put in, the things they gave up to be better for one another, and the journey they went on as a group every day to finish this thing."
With the win the Stangs clinched an outright first place finish in the BVC and will now host a first round regional series in the California State Championship tournament. The opening round series will be a best of three series with LMC's opponent to be announced on Sunday April 28th. For all game updates and information visit www.cccbca.com.
Pair of Mustangs Selected to Academic All-State Team
LMC Sophomore 1B Vince Lontz and OF Justin Roper have been getting it done one the field, but last week the pair was also rewarded for their accomplishments off the field. Lontz, with a GPA of 3.8, and Roper, a 3.5 GPA, were selected to the 2019 Academic All-State Team. To be eligible for the award student athletes must have competed their Freshman season of competition and completed 24 units or more, with a 3.5 or higher GPA.
"This is the kind of stuff I enjoy bragging about," explained Head Coach Anthony D'Albora. "These guys put in a ton of hours on the field every day to give us the best chance to win baseball games, but they are here to move forward. To pursue their baseball career sure, but just as importantly to pursue a degree that will give them an opportunity to be successful people. We're really lucky to have a group of guys who are working hard to get it done in every way and who are hungry to move on academically as much as athletically. Vince and Justin are great examples of this effort and will continue to be great motivation to guys moving forward to attack in everything we do."
Kudos to the 2017 Baseball Team
As we get rolling with the 2017/2018 season, we want to take a minute to congratulate all the successes from last Spring and all our Sophomores who will begin their first fall at the 4-year level. Some highlights from the 2017 Spring Season:
- 5 Academic All-State
- 13 Academic All-Conference
- 9 Selected to Bay Valley All-Conference Team
- 30 LMC Baseball student athletes with a 3.0+ GPA in Spring
- Best finish in LMC Baseball history after knocking off the #1 seed in the State Championship Regional Round and advancing to the Santa Rosa Super Regional.
- Congrats to all 'Stangs' on a great 2017 and here's to a great 2018!
"We could not be more proud of the things we accomplished on and off the field. It's been a long process and a continued yearly elevation by our players and our coaches. Our alumni helped build this thing and in 2017, we saw this group accomplish things that have never been done before in the classroom and on the field. We have a ton of student athletes who will be moving on to four-year schools and the bar has been raised for our future 'Stangs' to come. Every person who has ever played a part in this LMC Baseball Family should be really proud of what we continue to accomplish, and I'm really excited for the opportunity to push to improve on the new standards that have been set." - Head Coach, Anthony D'Albora
10 Mustangs Honored with Bay Valley Conference Awards
As the LMC Baseball program concluded their 2016 Season this past week in the Mission Regional of the State Playoffs, they were also pleased to announce their post season award recipients. 10 Stangs were selected to the 2016 Bay Valley All-Conference Team. Head Coach Anthony D'Albora spoke on this accomplishment saying, "This is a big deal for this team to receive so many awards because it speaks to our strength-the team. We explained to the guys after finding out who had received what, that this is a testament to the strength of the whole not the individual. To be an all conference offense player means that every time you scored, someone hit you in, or to be an award winning pitcher means you had 8 other players on the field making plays while you made pitches. It's always a big deal to have one player recognized for their accomplishments, but what I will most remember about the 2016 LMC Baseball Team was our strength in numbers, and these awards speak very accurately of that." Below is a list of all the 2016 Bay Valley All-Conference Selections:
- Player of the Year: Fr OF Jon Allen
- Pitcher of the Year: So RHP Mike Alexander
- 1st Team Pitcher: So RHP Jake Brandt
- 1st Team Catcher: So C Ethan Utler
- 1st Team DH; So OF Jake Hom
- 2nd Team INF: 3B Antone Self
- Honorable Mention: So INF Jeremiah Francis, So OF Jared Ambuehl, Fr RHP Jack Higgins
- Gold Glove: So C Ethan Utler, Fr 1B Jason Kreske, So OF Jared Ambuehl
Stangs Stampede into Playoffs
With a 5-2 win in the final game of the regular season, the LMC Baseball Team punched their ticket to the 2016 CCCAA State Baseball Tournament. The Mustangs finished the season 24-12 overall, with a 18-6 second place record in the Bay Valley Conference. They were ranked as the 12th seed in the 18 team playoff bracket for Northern California and will travel to Mission College for the Regional Round this weekend. When asked about the accomplishment, Head Coach Anthony D'Albora explained, "This is a great accomplishment for our group of student athletes. The opportunity to compete in the playoffs is a testament to their work on the field and in the classroom dating back to August when school started." The series will begin on Friday, May 6th at 2:00 p.m. at Mission College, with game two on Saturday starting at 11:00 a.m., and game three (if necessary) to begin immediately following. As the Stangs head in to the Playoffs all updates, scores, and stats can be found at www.cccbca.com.
- 2015 Season
Sophomore Stang Named to Pre-Season All State Team
LMC sophomore outfielder, Jared Ambuehl, has been named to the 2016 Preseason All-State Team. Ambuehl is coming off a freshman season in which he was awarded the Bay Valley Conference Gold Glove Award for Outfielders.
"We couldn't be more proud of the recognition given to Jared," explained Head Coach Anthony D'Albora. "I hope he uses it as motivation. It's a lot to live up to when people recognize what they expect of you, so the challenge now is for Jared to show it in his work. Hopefully, this fires up the rest of the group as well to compete with him to execute and work at that same level every day." All preseason information for the 2016 campaign can be found at www.cccbca.com. 12/17/15
As Fall Approaches, Mustangs Look Back at Accomplishments from 2014/2015 Season
LMC saw continued success, both on and off the field in 2014/2015. With the beginning of the 2015/2016 season approaching, LMC Head Coach Anthony D'Albora reflected on the accomplishments of last year's team. "The number of players who have moved on to four year institutions this year was unprecedented. As you can see in the numbers, it had a lot to do with their abilities as players obviously, but this was also a group that really bought in to getting it done in the classroom as well. These were huge accomplishments for these players and for our program. I am excited to see if these accomplishments will continue to motivate our student athletes to aim higher. We're going to push ourselves to continue winning games on the field, to continue winning our reps in the classroom, and continue striving towards putting quality people out in to the world."
Here are the 2014/2015 LMC Baseball accomplishments by the numbers:
- 4 Players Named to the Academic All-State Team
- 7 Players Named to the All Bay Valley Conference Team
- 27 Student Athletes with a 3.0 GPA or Higher
- 10 Players Named to Bay Valley Academic All-Conference Team
- 18 of 19 Sophomores Advance to Four Year Schools
7 Mustangs Receive All-Bay Valley Conference Honors
While the season has ended, recognition for accomplishments is just beginning, and for 7 LMC Baseball players that recognition came in the form of All-Bay Valley Conference Honors. Below is the list of awards given to the 2015 Mustangs Top Performers:
- 1st Team OF - Jerome Hill
- 2nd Team P - Mike Alexander
- 2nd Team C - Ethan Utler
- OF Gold Glove Winner - Jared Ambuehl
- Honorable Mention P - Brian Womack
- Honorable Mention INF - Carlos Carrillo
- Honorable Mention INF - Derek Slate
"It's great and deserved recognition for all these guys," explained Head Coach Antony D'Albora. "As a team, on the days we were successful this season, more often than not these guys played a role in it and these awards are recognition of those efforts. Hopefully awards like these serve as fuel for them all to continue to grind towards getting better every day." (5/8/15)
- 2014 Season
Mustangs Movin' On!
The LMC Baseball program is proud to announce that 11 sophomores from the 2014 team will be moving on to continue their baseball careers at the four year level, and all 13 Sophomores will continue their education. "We could not be more proud of the accomplishments of this group of sophomores," declared Head Coach Anthony D'Albora. "Our first goal as a coaching staff is to do everything we can to help our players continue their careers, and more importantly their education. To see every one of our sophomores continue on in the pursuit of a degree is a great statement to the type of people that make up our program. We are excited to keep tabs on the 11 who will continue to play, and we look forward to the opportunity to brag about every one of them!"
Our 2014 Mustang Sophomores:
- Jose Arebalo - Eastern Nazarene College
- Johnny Bloom - STEM Scholarship Award Winner (Academic)
- Wyatt Foreman - Northern Kentucky University
- Jimmy Gardner - University of San Francisco (Academic)
- Will George - California State University Sonoma
- Matt Jacobson - California State University Chico
- Ryan Lacy - California State University East Bay
- John Mead - York College
- Chaz Meadows - Georgetown College
- Steven Otaguro - William Jessup University
- Ryan Petrangelo - University of Northwestern Ohio
- Ben Polansky - University of Dayton
- Eric Sickles - Purdue University Calumet
23 LMC Baseball Student Athletes Shine in the Classroom
The Mustang Baseball team has announced that 23 student athletes in the program finished the 2014 spring/summer semester with a 3.0 or high grade point average. "We are very proud of the work of these student athletes," explained Head Coach Anthony D'Albora. "Our goal is going to be to continue pushing forward as a program and get to the point where 100% of our student athletes maintain a 3.0+ GPA." It is important right now to recognize the 23 players who found a way to be successful both on the field and off the field in the past two semesters. These guys are great examples of what we are working towards accomplishing, and they have very much represented LMC Baseball in their efforts; Loyalty, Merit, Champion."
- 1B Johnny Bloom - 3.81 (STEM Scholarship Winner)
- OF Cameron Darling - 3.79
- OF Eric Sickles - 3.63
- RHP Ryan Derdak - 3.5
- RHP Zach Finley - 3.5
- RHP Ben Polansky - 3.5
- RHP Jack Higgins - 3.5
- RHP Jacob Jones - 3.47
- OF Jared Ambuehl - 3.38
- INF Ryan Lacy - 3.33
- 1B Mike Wagaman - 3.25
- OF Will George - 3.23
- C Steven Zermeno - 3.23
- OF Jerome Hill - 3.16
- C Joey Lingenfelter - 3.11
- OF Matt Jacobson - 3.0
- INF Derek Slate - 3.0
- RHP Joe Banks - 3.0
- RHP Jordan Graves - 3.0
- RHP Daniel Bodishbaugh - 3.0
- RHP Robert McLeod - 3.0
- OF Jordan Burger - 3.0
- INF Nick Perez - 3.0
Mustangs Place Nine on the 2014 All-Bay Valley Conference List
Nine members of the LMC baseball team were recognized for their accomplishments on the field this season with selections to the All-Conference team. Head Coach Anthony D'Albora expressed his excitement for those players. "Having that many players selected could not have been a more perfect form of recognition for this group. This team's success was built on the strength of the team more than the members that made it up, so when it came time to pick individuals who were most successful we felt like it would be hard to not pick everyone from our group, and that is just about what happened. All nine of these players worked tirelessly every day to help us get better and I am very excited for them to get the recognition they deserve. There could have easily been another handful of players who were not recognized that could have easily been as well, and that again speaks to just how well this group came together as a team."
Bay Valley Conference Player of the Year:
Matt Jacobson (RF)
All-Conference 1st Team:
Pitcher: Ryan Petrangelo
Catcher: Wyatt Foreman
All-Conference 2nd Team:
Infield: Chaz Meadows (2B), Steven Otaguro (3B), Ryan Welsh (1B)
All-Conference Honorable Mention:
Will George (LF), Ben Polansky (P), John Mead (P)
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 Season
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 and accomplishment 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)
Mustangs Win Thrilling First Round Game to Advance in State Championship Tournament
Not until the final out was recorded was anyone able to breathe a sigh of relief, but for the LMC Baseball Team, Tuesday's playoff game at Mission College was a great one. "What a great day to be a Mustang," explained Head Coach Anthony D'Albora. "I cannot express how proud I am of this group's efforts. I give a lot of credit to our nine sophomores who provided us with the leadership and experience needed to handle a game like this and walk away with a W." All nine of the Mustang starting position players recorded a hit in the game, and the group was backed on the mound by a solid seven inning outing from Freshman Ben Polansky. Sophomore Peter Nyznyk finished the eighth before Freshman Wyatt Foreman closed it out in the ninth. "We've played close, play-off type, games all year long," said D'Albora. "You could really see how well we handled the pressure of this moment and the pace of a big game like today." LMC will now advance on in the Regionals of the California State Baseball Tournament and play at Santa Rosa on Friday, May 3rd at 2:00 p.m. All playoff information can be found at www.cccbca.com. (Posted 5/3/13)
Los Medanos Baseball in the Playoffs for the Second Consecutive Year
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)
Mustangs Place Seven Players on the All-Conference List
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)
Mustangs to Host 2nd Annual Cardinal vs. White Classic on Saturday January 26th
With the season fast approaching, the 2013 LMC Baseball team will hold their 2nd Annual Cardinal vs. White Classic fundraiser inter-squad 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 fund raise 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.
- 2012 Season
LMC Places Seven on the All-Bay Valley Conference List
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)
Mustangs Announce 1st Annual End of the Season Awards
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."
Here are this year's winners:
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."
Mustangs Ride Final Push In to the Playoffs!
The LMC Baseball Program knew about three weeks ago that making the playoffs wasn't going to be easy. They knew that it would take a great finish and that's exactly what they did. Over the final three weeks of the regular season the Mustangs won eight of their final nine games to secure a second place finish in the Bay Valley Conference and a spot in the California Community College Baseball State Championship Tournament. "I could not be more proud of this group and the way we finished the regular season," explained Head Coach Casey Coakley. "We talked as a group about every game over the final few weeks being a playoff game, and the team rose to the challenge. Our finish, and our opportunity to play in the playoffs, is a testament to the type of people and type of workers that make up this LMC Baseball team. We can't wait to get back out on the field and keep playing." This will mark the second time in the past three seasons LMC has made the State Championship tournament. The Mustangs will play in the first round on Tuesday afternoon at Cabrillo College in Aptos, California at 2:00 p.m.
LMC Left-Handed Pitcher Peter Nyznyk named NorCal Pitcher of the Week
LMC's freshman left-handed pitcher Peter Nyznykwas was named the Pitcher of the Week for Northern California by the California Community College Baseball Coach's Association for the week of 3/12-3/18. Nyznyk earned the victory in a 3-2 LMC win over Napa going eight strong innings giving up four hits, two runs, and five strikeouts. You can check out the post online or on Facebook.
LMC Shortstop Cody Stephens named NorCal Player of the Week
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.
Pair of Mustangs named to the 2012 CCCBCA All-Academic Team
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.
- 2011 Season
Mustangs Announce 2011 Schedule
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.
LMC Baseball Alums Score Big in Scholarship/Transfer Success
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 earns All-American Honors! Sam Faleafine All Nor-Cal
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.
Mustangs Named to All-Conference Team
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.
Four Mustangs named Pre-Season All-Americans
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.
Two more Mustangs Commit Early
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!
Wiggins commits to Fresno
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 strike-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.
More Post Season Honors For Mustangs
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.