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Jordan Devencenzi was selected to the 2013 All American Team at the CCCBCA meetings on Friday May 17, 2013. Congratulations to Jordan.
ALL Northern California
Tyekr Stieb was selected to the All Northern California Team at the CCCBCA coaches meetings on Friday May 17, 2013. Congratulations to Tyler!
2013 Season comes to an end but 2014 bright for Mustangs
Delta College's hopes of another State Title ended on Sunday as they lost to the #1 Ranked Santa Rosa Bearcats in the Super Regional Final. Despite the loss there were plenty of accomplishments for the young Delta team and plenty of hope for the upcoming 2014 season. The Mustangs ended the season as the #3 ranked team in Northern California and advanced to the Elite 8 for the 3rd time in 5 years. Six Mustangs earned All Big 8 honors including the league co mvp Jordan Devencenzi.
Delta will return plenty of talent. Pitchers Matt Valencia, Sam Held, Alex Lott, Sean Bennetts, Brennon Williams, Nick Camarena, and Eric Sandness all logged significant innings and will return for the Mustangs.
Position players Wyatt Castro, CJ Owens, Connor Torres, Josh Bailey, Phil Clark, Andrew Urbistondo, Nick Paine made significant contributions and will return next season.
With the addition of a strong recruiting class the Mustangs will be one of the favorites for the 2014 Title.
Errors help end Delta's season
By The Record
May 13, 2013
May 13, 2013 12:00 AM
Alex Lott kept Delta College's playoff hopes alive for six innings Sunday, but things went awry in the seventh, particularly for the Mustangs' defense.
Santa Rosa, leading 1-0, scored four runs in the seventh en route to a 5-1 victory in the finals of the California Community College Athletic Association Northern Super Regional in Santa Rosa, earning the Bear Cubs a trip to the state tournament while ending Delta's season.
"He threw really well," Delta coach Reed Peters said of Lott. "I think they hit the ball hard off him once all game. He gave us a great opportunity to win, we just didn't play well enough defensively and didn't execute on offense."
Wyatt Castro went 2 for 3 with a run scored for the Mustangs, who needed to beat Santa Rosa twice to advance, and Nick Paine had a pinch-hit RBI single in the ninth. Through six innings Lott allowed only two hits. But two more errors led to Santa Rosa's big fourth inning. Only one of the Bear Cubs' five runs was earned.
Mustangs advance to Super Regional Championship with Victory over Chabot
Delta 12, Chabot 6
Delta college advanced to the Super Regional Championship by pounding out 14 hits en route to a 12-6 victory. The Mustangs were led by Rudy Perez, Marcus Mastrobuoni, CJ Owens and Andrew Urbistondo as the four players all collected multiple hits. Sean Bennetts earned the victory in relief by throwing 3 2/3 innings. He allowed two hits and no earned runs while collecting 3 strike outs. The Mustangs will meet Santa Rosa Junior College on Sunday at 11am for the Championship.
Missed opportunities and 2 out hits prove costly for Mustangs
Santa Rosa 9, Delta 4
At Santa Rosa 5-11-13: Six consecutive hits with two outs paved the way to a Santa Rosa victory. Sam Held was in complete control until the fourth inning when the Bear Cats broke through with a huge two out rally as they erupted with 6 consecutive base hits.
Delta had their own opportunites with 11 base hits of their own but could not cash in as the Mustangs hit into five double plays.
Delta 5, Chabot 0
At Santa Rosa, Matt Valencia gave up five hits and struck out four in 81/3 innings and Dayton Mellor went 2 for 3 and drove in two runs to lead the Mustangs (27-12) over the Gladiators (26-13) in the CCCAA Northern Super Regional at Santa Rosa College. Catcher Jordon Devencenzi went 3 for 4 and scored three runs for No. 5 Delta, which plays No. 1 Santa Rosa at 11 a.m. today. The Bear Cubs (31-7-1) beat No. 8 Solano College 13-3 on Friday.
Today's game will pit Mustangs' starter Sam Held (7-1) against Santa Rosa's Jason Alexander (7-1) in a rematch from an earlier game in which Held and the Mustangs beat Alexander and the Bear Cubs in Santa Rosa.
"It should be a really good game," Delta coach Reed Peters said. "(Held's) excited and ready to go. We're excited about it."
Mustangs to open with Chabot College in Super Regionals
The Delta College Mustangs will open round 2 of the CCCAA Baseball Playoffs with Chabot College on Friday May 10th at Santa Rosa JC. Delta will play in a four team super regional tournament that includes Santa Rosa, Chabot, Delta and Solano. The winner of the tournament will advance to the Final Four State Championship tournament in Fresno, CA May 17-19.
Delta College 2013 Baseball Committments
Tyler Stieb CF: Cal State Fullerton
Jordan Devencenzi C: University of Nevada
Dayton Mellor 1B/OF California State Stanislaus
Cody Lane P: California State Sonoma
Stevie Robinson 2B: California State Stanislaus
Kelvin McMiller 1B/DH: Bryan College Dayton, TN
Mustangs bring home All Big 8 honors
Delta College was well represented on the 2013 Big 8 All Conference selections.
Sophomore Catcher Jordan Devencenzi was selected as the CO MVP of the Big 8 Conference. He hit .365 with 2 HR's and 31 RBI. He also threw out 40% of potential base stealers. Jordan has accepted a scholarship to the University of Nevada Wolfpack. Congratulations to Jordan!
Freshman right hander Alex Lott was selected as a 1st Team All Big 8 pitcher. Alex posseses a 93 mph fastball. He was 6-1 with 1 save this year with a 1.38 ERA. Congratulations to Alex!
Freshman centerfielder Tyler Stieb was selected as a 1st Team Big 8 outfielder. Tyler hit .324, 10 2B's, 6 3B's, 37 runs, 22 RBI and 20 sb's. He has accepted a scholarship to play at #3 ranked Cal State Fullerton next year. Congrats to Tyler Stieb!
Sophomore firstbaseman/outfielder Dayton Mellor was selected as the 1st Team All Big 8 first baseman. Dayton hit .304 with 23 runs, 17 RBI, 9 2B's, and 5 SB's. Dayton has accepted a scholarship to Cal State Stanislaus. Congratulations to Dayton!
Freshman third baseman Connor Torres was selected as a 2nd Team All Big 8 infielder. Connor hit .284 with 20 runs, 5 2B's, 18 rbi and 4 sb's. Congratulations to Connor.
Freshman pitcher Matt Valencia was an honorable mention selection to the Big 8 Team. Matt went 3-2 for the Mustangs with a 2.91 ERA this season. Congratulations to Matt!
Delta pitcher Sam Held took a no-hitter into the ninth inning Saturday against Monterey Peninsula in the California Community College Athletic Association Northern Regionals.CRAIG SANDERS/The Record
CCCAA BASEBALL PLAYOFFS: DELTA 5, MONTEREY PENINSULA 0
Near no-hitter paves way to Super Regionals
By Mark Godi
May 05, 2013Record Correspondent
STOCKTON - A few extra nerves for Sam Held was a good thing Saturday.
Held made his first playoff start for the Delta College baseball team in the California Community College Athletic Association Northern Regional playoffs. The right-hander led the sixth seeded Mustangs past No. 11 Monterey Peninsula 5-0 at Nick Cecchetti Field.
Held took a no-hitter into the ninth to give Delta (24-12) a two-game sweep in a best-of-three series with the Lobos (23-15) and sends the Mustangs to the Super Regionals to face Chabot in Santa Rosa at 3 p.m. Friday.
"I definitely felt a bit of an adrenaline rush today," Held said. "This is probably the best I've felt in a while pitching."
A freshman from St. Mary's, Held was two outs away from a no-hitter when Garrett Woodward came up. The Coast Conference Pacific MVP took a first-pitch ball before lining a fastball up the middle for a single. Shortstop Andrew Urbistando gave chase, but there was no chance.
Held was taken out after the hit for Alex Lott, who retired the next two batters in order to complete the one-hit shutout. Held finished by throwing 101 pitches with three walks, two hit batters and seven strikeouts.
Urbistando had a key back-handed grab on a grounder in the eighth inning to get an out at second base. Two batters later, second baseman Stevie Robinson knocked down a hard grounder and made a spinning throw to first for the out. Josh Bailey started the inning with a diving grab on a line drive in left field.
"Our guys played tremendous defense," Delta coach Reed Peters said. "Everyone's focus is a little higher when you have a no-hitter going."
The Mustangs took the lead in the first inning when Marcus Mastrobuoni drove in two runs with single and Dayton Mellor knocked in another run with a single.
Tyler Stieb led Delta by going 3 for 5 with a double and a RBI. Urbistando was 1 for 3 with an RBI.
"That is a quality team," Lobos coach Daniel Phillips said. "They can hit and pitch. They outplayed us."
Delta 8, Monterey Peninsula 3
5-3-13 At Delta, the Mustangs scored five times in the bottom of the seventh inning to break a tie and take the first game of the best-of-three California Community College Athletic Association Northern Regionals.
The teams meet again at 11 a.m. today. If the Lobos win, the third and final game would take place 30 minutes after the completion of Game 2.
Rudy Perez, a Lincoln High product, went 4 for 4 and scored three runs for Delta (25-12). Marcus Mastrobuoni was 3 for 3 with an RBI and Jordan Devencenzi went 2 for 4 with two RBI and two runs scored.
Darren Honeysett had a home run for Monterey Peninsula (23-14).
Delta to host Monterey Penninsula in regionals
Delta College earned the 6th seed in the regional tournament and will face the #11 seed Monterey Penninsula. It will be a best of three series with the winner advancing to a four team super regional tournament the following weekend. Game one will begin on Friday at 2pm at Delta. Game 2 will be Saturday at Delta at 11am with game three to follow thirty minutes later if necessary.
Mustangs ranked 3rd in Final NORCAL POLL
Delta College finished in the number 3 spot in the final NORCAL Poll which was released on April 22, 2013. Once again the Big 8 took the top 3 spots with Santa Rosa first, Sierra 2nd, and Delta 3rd.
Delta 15, Sacramento City 5
4-25-13 At Sacramento, the Mustangs (24-11, 14-9 Big 8 Conference) clinched third place in the conference and finish the regular season at 2:30 p.m. today at Modesto Junior College. Rudy Perez went 3 for 6 with two RBI, Jordan Devencenzi went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBI, and Dayton Mellor and C.J. Owens each had three hits for Delta. Jared Bravo went 3 for 4 for the Panthers (18-17, 13-10), who finished fourth in the Big 8.
By Mark Godi
April 24, 2013Record Correspondent
April 24, 2013 12:00 AM
STOCKTON - The Delta College dugout fell silent after its second gut-wrenching game in four days.
The Mustangs, ranked third in Northern California, lost to No. 2 Sierra 3-1 in their final regular-season game at Nick Cecchetti Field. The loss came after Delta dropped a 4-1 decision in 10 innings to No. 1 Santa Rosa on Saturday.
In both losses, Delta had either the tying or go-ahead run at the plate in the last inning. A combined eight runners were stranded in scoring position.
"When you don't execute against good teams, you're not going to win," Delta coach Reed Peters said. "It's as simple as that."
On Tuesday, the Mustangs (23-11, 13-9 Big 8 Conference) were given hope when the conference's top closer struggled. Kea Vierra was looking for his 13th save, but walked the first two batters of the ninth inning.
Sierra (27-7, 17-5) brought in Devon Golden and he got Dayton Mellor to pop a bunt up to first base. Josh Bailey was frozen off second base on the play and was doubled up. The next batter, Phillip Clark, popped a bunt up to the catcher, ending the game.
Delta also struggled to hit starter Andrew Cooper, the Big 8's wins (12-1) leader. The right-hander hit the low 90 mile-per-hour range for most of eight innings and gave up one run on five hits.
Cooper bested Delta left-hander Matt Valencia, who allowed three runs and four hits in six innings. Valencia gave up a two-run home run to Blake Grant-Parks, who finished 3 for 4 with three RBI.
"I thought our pitcher set the tempo for everyone by hitting his spots," Grant-Parks said. "He was living off his fastball like he's done all year."
Connor Torres accounted for Delta's run in the eighth inning by driving in Rudy Perez on a single. Torres was 2 for 4 with a double.
By The Record
April 21, 2013
April 21, 2013 12:00 AM
Santa Rosa 4, Delta 1
STOCKTON - For the first time this week, Delta College didn't come up with the key, late-inning hit.
Instead, Santa Rosa's Ryan Xepoleas doubled down the first-base line in the 10th inning to give the Bear Cubs a 4-1 win on Saturday at Cecchetti Field. The win prevented the No. 1 team in the state from being swept in three games by No. 9 Delta.
On Tuesday, Delta's Marcus Mastrobuoni hit a walk-off single in the 11th inning in an 8-7 win. On Thursday, Tyler Stieb singled in the go-ahead run in the sixth inning of the Mustangs' 4-3 victory.
"We weren't the ones getting the breaks today," Delta coach Reed Peters said. "But I am very proud of our team playing hard for three days against a quality team."
Delta (23-10, 13-8 Big 8) and Santa Rosa (26-5-1, 17-4) were tied 1-1 through seven innings, as pitcher Sean Bennetts looked solid in relief for the Mustangs. He went six innings, allowing one hit, until Stephen McElroy led off the 10th with a triple to center field. McElroy stayed at third, as Bennetts got two outs before Xepoleas, a left-handed batter, turned on an inside pitch and grounded it over the first-base bag.
Two runs scored on the double, and another scored on a single by Taylor Martin. Xepoleas was 2 for 4 with two doubles, two runs and two RBI.
"(Bennetts) came inside with a fastball that I wasn't ready for," Xepoleas said. "I thought he might try to do it again and he did. I was ready for it and hit it."
Delta starter Cody Lane struggled with his control and lasted three innings, giving up a run on three hits. Meanwhile, Brian Bynum went seven innings for the Bear Cubs and allowed one run on four hits.
Stieb led the Mustangs by going 2 for 5 with a stolen base. Mastrobuoni was 0 for 3 with a walk and lined into three outs.
"I thought we hit a lot of balls hard right at guys," Peters said. "Sometimes baseball goes that way."
- Mark Godi, Record Correspondent
Delta 4, Santa Rosa 3
4-18-13 at Santa Rosa: A strong pitching performance from Sam Held gave the Delta College baseball team another win over the state's top-ranked school.
Held threw a complete game and earned a 4-3 road win on Thursday against Santa Rosa.
The Bear Cubs (25-5-1, 16-4 Big 8 Conference) are ranked No. 1 in state and NORCAL, and the Mustangs (23-9, 13-7) are No. 3 in NORCAL.
Delta also beat Santa Rosa 8-7 on Tuesday in Stockton, and the teams meet again Saturday at Delta's Nick Cecchetti Field at 1pm.
"It was a very big win for us," Delta coach Reed Peters said. "We beat them two out of two so far, and it's going to be tough to do it again Saturday. We are playing good baseball and are looking forward to the challenge."
Held, a right-handed freshman out of St. Mary's High, allowed seven hits and didn't give up a run after the third inning. His fastball was reaching 92 mph.
Stevie Robinson went 2 for 3 with a double and Marcus Mastrobuoni and Connor Torres each went 2 for 4 for the Mustangs.
Taylor Martin went 2 for 4 with a double for the Bear Cubs.
Delta 8, Santa Rosa 7 (11)
4-16-13 at Delta, Marcus Mastrobuoni hit the tying single in the bottom of the ninth inning and the winning single in the 11th to lead the No. 3 Mustangs (22-9, 12-7 Big 8 Conference) in the first game of a three-game series against the No. 1 Bear Cubs (25-4-1, 16-3). Wyatt Castro went 3 for 6 with two RBI and Connor Torres went 3 for 5 with two RBI for Delta. The teams play Thursday at Santa Rosa and at 1 p.m. Saturday at Nick Cecchetti Field.
Sierra 8, Delta 6
Mustangs blow late lead and drop series to Sierra
4-13-13 at Rocklin: Game 3 of the series saw plenty of drama. The Mustangs jumped out to a quick 3-0 lead when Dayton Mellor and Marcus Mastrobuoni singled to start the top of the second inning, two errors and another single by Kelvin McMiller got the Mustangs out and running. Unfortunately Delta fell apart in the fifth allowing three runs on one hit, a hbp, an error, and two walks.
The Mustangs would respond scoring a run in the top of the sixth, seventh and eighth innings to take a 6-4 lead. Alex Lott who has been Mr. Reliable all year took the ball in the eighth. This would not be his day as the Wolverines would tally four runs on a hbp, walk, and 3 singles to give Sierra an 8-6 victory.
DELTA 11, SIERRA 4
Delta walks way to win
Patient Mustangs use five free passes for big inning
By Mark Godi
April 12, 2013Record Correspondent
April 12, 2013 12:00 AM
STOCKTON - Sierra College returned Delta's generosity at Nick Cecchetti Field.
The baseball teams played Tuesday and the Mustangs balked in a pair of runs in a 6-2 loss in Rocklin. On Thursday, Sierra walked five batters in an eight-run fourth inning as Delta won 11-4.
Delta, ranked third in Northern California, and Sierra, ranked second, will play the final game of the series at 1 p.m. Saturday in Rocklin. They hold the same positions in the Big 8 Conference behind Santa Rosa.
"We kind of gave them the first game and they kind of gave us this one," Delta coach Reed Peters said. "If both teams decide to show up, it should be a good game."
The Mustangs (21-8, 11-6) trailed 3-2 in the fourth when Sierra starter Jacob Cobb-Adam loaded the bases with three walks. Marcus Mastrobuoni tied the game with a single past the shortstop. Two more runs scored on walks, and Delta took over with a string of three consecutive hits. Connor Torres scored the first run of the inning and drove in two with a single.
Sam Held got the win, going five innings and giving up four runs on two hits. He walked three and hit three. The fourth batter of the game, Jimmy Jack, put Sierra (23-6, 13-4) up 3-0 with a home run. Jack finished 1 for 3 with a sacrifice fly and four RBI.
"He just left a changeup in the zone, and good teams are going to make you pay," Peters said. "Thankfully, it was in the first inning and he was able to recover."
Nick Camarena pitched the final four innings for Delta and didn't allow a run on three hits.
Delta center fielder Tyler Stieb went 2 for 2 with three runs scored and three stolen bases. He earned a standing ovation from the crowd in the fourth inning on a diving catch. Stieb went full speed toward left field and dove to grab a line drive.
"We haven't lost a series, and we don't want to lose this one," Stieb said. "We need to finish strong."
Sierra 7, Delta 3
4-9-13 At Rocklin, Tyler Stieb and Dayton Mellor each went 2 for 4 with a double for the Mustangs (10-8, 10-6 Big 8 Conference). Jared Snow had three hits for the Wolverines (23-5, 13-3). The teams play each other again at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Nick Cecchetti Field.
Mustangs ranked 3rd again in recent Norcal Poll
Delta College remains #3 in the most recent in the recent NORCAL POLL. Once again the Big 8 claimed the top 3 spots with Santa Rosa, Sierra and Delta at the top. The Mustangs are hoping to move up as they play their next seven games against Sierra and Santa Rosa.
Tyler Stieb commits to Cal State Fullerton
Freshman centerfielder Tyler Stieb has verbally committed to Cal State Fullerton. The lead off centerfielder has paced the Mustangs this year with a .316 avg, 28 runs, 7 2B's, 6 3B's, 14 RBI and 15 SB's. Tyler has also excelled in the classroom with a 3.66 GPA. Congratulations Tyler!
Sophomore Stevie Robinson commits to Cals State Stanislaus
Second baseman Stevie Robinson has verbally committed to the CSU Stanislaus. Stevie is currently hitting .333 with 22 runs, 20 rbi, 11 sb's and an impressive .971 fielding %. Stevie has also excelled in the classroom earning a 3.0 gpa. Congratulations to Stevie!
Delta 6, Cosumnes River 1
4-6-13 at Elk Grove: Needing a win to take the series, the Mustangs came through with a little power they have not seen most of the year. Wyatt Castro hit a solo home run in the top of the 2nd inning to give the Mustangs a 1-0 lead. In the top of the fifth, the Mustangs erupted for five runs in the top of the fifth on two out rbi doubles by Tyler Stieb and Stevie Robinson. Jordan Devencenzi followed with a two run home run to put the game away.
Meanwhile Cody Lane held the Hawks in check after working out of a first inning no out bases loaded jam. Lane held the Hawks to two hits through seven innings. Nick Camarena relived Lane and threw two scoreless innings to preserve the victory.
Cosumnes River 3, Delta 2
4-4-13 at Delta: The Mustangs were clinging to a 2-0 lead entering the 7th inning when the wheels fell off. Sam Held pitched brilliantly through six innings shutting down the Hawks. In the seventh he gave up a lead off infield hit then walked the next two batters to load the bases. Nick Camarena then came in to induce a fielders choice which scored a run. Sean Bennetts relieved Camarena and the Hawks squeezed in the tying run.
The Mustangs were held in check offensively and allowed the winning run in the ninth when Bennetts hit the lead off hitter and walked the next two batters. Eric Sandness relieved Bennetts with no outs and induced a short fly ball out, then a weak ground ball that the Mustangs could not turn a double play on allowed the winning run to score.
Delta 7, Cosumnes River 3
4-2-13 at Elk Grove: Delta jumped on the Hawks early scoring 5 runs in the first three innings, then put the game away with two more runs in the eighth. Matt Valencia earned the win going 7 innings, allowing one earned run and striking out six.
Offensively, the Mustangs were led by Tyler Stieb, Wyatt Castro, Phil Clark and Connor Torres who all had multiple hits.
Delta 9, Sacramento City 6
At Delta Colege 3-30-13: After taking a 5-0 lead the Mustangs gave it all back in the fifth inning as the Panthers answered with 5 runs of their own. Overcoming ADVERSITY was the motto for the week, and Delta definitely did that as they answered with a run in the bottom of the fifth, one more in the seventh and two in the eighth.
Alex Lott threw the final 3 2/3 innings to move his record to 5-0. Stevie Robinson, Jordan Devencenzi, Dayton Mellor, Wyatt Castro and Phil Clark had multiple hit games, and Matt Vera drove in two runs as the Mustangs took the series.
Sacramento City 12, Delta 2
At Sacramento 3-28-13, after Delta improved to 4-0 in Big 8 Conference series openers Tuesday, the Mustangs guaranteed they would again fail to sweep a series. Robbie Link led the Panthers (9-14, 4-7), going 2 for 5 with two doubles and four RBI. Delta (17-6, 7-4) hosts the finale of the three-game series at 1 p.m. Saturday.
Mustangs picked third as Big 8 claims top 3 spots in recent poll
Despite taking two out of three from Diablo Valley last week, the Mustangs dropped one spot to #3 in the recent NORCAL POLL. Santa Rosa, Sierra and Delta are ranked 1,2,3. Delta will play both teams April 9-18th.
Delta's Rudy Perez scores on a passed ball, beating the tag by Sacramento City's Ben Brooks during the fourth inning Tuesday at Nick Cecchetti Field in Stockton. The Mustangs scored twice on passed balls in the game.CALIXTRO ROMIAS/The Record
March 27, 2013
March 27, 2013 12:00 AM- Mark Godi, Record Correspondent
Delta College took chances on the base paths, and they paid off.
The Mustangs baseball team topped Sacramento City College 9-1 on seven hits Tuesday at Nick Cecchetti Field. Delta jumped ahead 4-0 in the first three innings, thanks to two runs on passed balls.
Rudy Perez was 2 for 3 on stolen bases and just got under a tag at home plate on a passed ball in the fourth inning. He also singled and had two RBI.
"I thought Rudy's read on that passed ball was big," Delta coach Reed Peters said. "We teach our guys to be aggressive, and that was one of a couple of (close) plays that helped us."
Jordan Devencenzi broke the game open in the seventh inning, driving in three of Delta's five runs. He hit a base-clearing double and also tripled, going 2 for 4 with a run scored. The Mustangs were helped by three Sacramento City (8-14, 3-7 Big 8) errors in the inning.
Catcher Marcus Mastrobuoni was 2 for 4 with a double and two runs. He blocked the plate nicely in the sixth inning, when the Panthers started to get aggressive. Robbie Link tried to score from first base on a long single to right field, but was thrown out at home by Stevie Robinson.
Left-hander Matt Valencia got the win for Delta (17-5, 7-3), going 61/3 innings and allowing one run on five hits. He had no walks and four strikeouts. Sean Bennetts and Brennon Williams shared the final 22/3 innings without allowing a hit.
"I was very confident today because everything seemed to be working," Valencia said. "Then I handed it off to the bullpen and they did great."
Delta plays Game 2 of the three-game series at 2:30 p.m. Thursday in Sacramento. The Mustangs have not lost a series opener in conference in four tries, but have no sweeps in the Big 8, either.
"The name of the game is consistency," Peters said. "We need to bring the same focus, the same intensity and the same effort to every game."
Diablo Valley 8, Delta 2
3-23-13 at Delta, DVC broke open a 2-1 game late with a six run inning. All six runs came with two outs as the Mustangs struggled to get out of the inning making two crucial errors and walking two batters. Delta had several opportunities to score but could not get the big hit when needed.
Delta 3, Diablo Valley 0
3-21-13 At Pleasant Hill, Andrew Urbistondo had an RBI single with the bases loaded in the top of the 11th and two more runs scored on an error as the Mustangs (16-4, 6-2 Big 8) blanked the Vikings (8-12, 1-7). Stevie Robinson went 2 for 5 for Delta and Kelvin McMiller had a double. Alex Lott pitched the final 3 1/3 innings to get the win.
Delta 13, Diablo Valley 1
3-19-13 At Pleasant Hill, the Mustangs (15-4, 5-2 Big 8 Conference) amassed 13 hits and Matt Valencia earned his first win this season, giving up one run on five hits with five strikeouts in eight innings. Kelvin McMiller went 2 for 3 with three RBI, and Dayton Mellor went 2 for 6 with a double and two RBI. The Vikings are 8-11 overall and 1-6 in the Big 8. The teams play each other at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Diablo Valley, and at 1 p.m. Saturday at Delta.
Mustangs fall 4-1 at home
Stockton 3-16-13, The Mustangs got a complete game from starter Cody Lane, and out hit the Pirates 8-5. However, the run column went in favor of the Pirates as they beat Delta 4-1. The Mustangs had several opportunities to score but hit into three inning ending double plays. Defense was a problem as the Mustangs committed four errors that led to three unearned runs.
Mustangs picked 2nd in Norcal and 5th in Pacific Coast poll again
The Delta College Baseball team remained steady in the polls holding down the #2 spot in the Northern California Poll and the #5 spot in the Pacific Coast Poll. Delta has won nine of their last ten games.
Delta 8, Modesto 4
At Modesto, the Mustangs (14-3, 4-1 Big 8 Conference) scored five runs in the top of the ninth to come back and beat the Pirates (7-10, 0-5). Tyler Stieb went 2 for 5 with a triple and an RBI, and Kelvin McMiller went 2 for 4 and scored two runs for Delta, which hosts Modesto at 1 p.m. Saturday at Nick Cecchetti Field.
Delta College baserunner Jordan Devencenzi dislodges the ball from Modesto catcher Kyle Perez on a play at the plate during the Mustangs' 9-1 win Tuesday at Nick Cecchetti Field. Craig Sanders/The Record
Delta 9, Modesto 1
Energized Mustangs roll
By Mark Godi
March 13, 2013Record Correspondent
STOCKTON - Delta College's baseball team put on a good show for its peers Tuesday.
The Mustangs hosted Sports Day at Nick Cecchetti Field where Delta athletes and coaches were invited to attend. The result was a 9-1 victory over Modesto in front of Delta's football, basketball and women's soccer teams.
All but a few rows of seats were filled, which Delta coach Reed Peters said really helped.
"The energy was good and I think we fed off the crowd," he said. "It was nice to have that crowd and fun for everybody."
Everybody but Modesto.
The Pirates (7-8) managed seven hits and got their run in the fourth inning against Matt Valencia. Three hits loaded the bases and Valencia walked in a run. The left-hander went four innings and gave up five hits. Fellow left-hander Nick Camarena earned the victory, giving up three hits over the final four innings.
"Camarena did a great job," Peters said. "When you have a guy pounding the zone like that, it takes the pressure off everybody else."
Jordan Devencenzi and Kelvin McMiller each drove in three runs for Delta (13-3). Dayton Mellor had two doubles and an RBI, and Tyler Stieb had a triple and a double. The Mustangs had six extra-base hits.
Delta is ranked No. 2 in Northern California and remains tied for second place with Sierra in the Big 8 Conference. The Mustangs and Pirates play Game 2 of the three-game series at 2:30 p.m. Thursday at Modesto.
"I struggled early on," said McMiller, a sophomore first baseman who has stared three consecutive games for the first time in his career."I've come out and worked with the coaches and feel like I'm seeing the ball good."
American River 4, Delta 3
Sacramento CA, 3-9-13. Wyatt Castro's rbi triple and Jordan Devencenzi's two RBI single got Delta off to another good start. The Mustangs led 3-0 going in to the bottom of the fifth before the wheels fell off. Three walks, a HBP, an error and two singles gave the Beavers a 4-3 lead which they held on to the rest of the way.
Sean Bennetts was brilliant in relief working out of a bases loaded, no out jam in the fifth, and blanking the Beavers the rest of the way. However, the offense was stagnant, striking out seven times in the last four innings and eleven times on the day.
Delta 10, American River 3
At Delta 3-7-13, Kelvin McMiller went 2 for 4 with two RBI - a solo home run and a run-scoring single - and Tyler Stieb was 2 for 4 with a three-run triple for the Mustangs, who improved to 12-2, 2-0 in the Big 8. Jason Fletcher hit a solo home run for American River (5-9, 0-2).
Mustangs win Big 8 opener
Delta 7, American River 6
At Sacramento 3-5-13, the Mustangs (11-2, 1-0 Big 8 Conference) let a 6-0 lead slip away but Tyler Stieb singled and scored on a wild pitch in the eighth inning for the win. Stieb went 3 for 5 with an RBI and scored two runs and Jordan Devencenzi had two RBI.
Mustangs sweep on road vs Lassen
Susanville, CA March 1st and 2nd 2013: The 2nd ranked Mustangs traveled to Susanville on Friday and Saturday to claim two more victories to finish their non-conference season at 10-2.
In game 1 on Friday, Tyler Stieb led the way going 3-5 with two doubles and a triple and 2 rbi's. Freshman shortstop Andrew Urbistondo also collected three hits and 2 rbi's on the day. Dayton Mellor, Stevie Robinson and Rudy Perez had two hits a piece.
Sophomore righthander Cody Lane earned the victory by throwing 5 innings of two run baseball while recording 5 strikeouts. Alex Lott threw three innings of scoreless baseball before turning it over to Sabas Herrera who threw a scoreless ninth inning.
Saturday's game was much closer as the Mustangs relied heavily on the pitching of freshman Eric Sandness. Eric threw 7 innings and allowed 0 earned runs while striking out 5 in his first start of the year. Dominic D'Souza earned the save with two scoreless innings. He induced a game ending home to 1st double play with the bases loaded.
Firstbaseman CJ Owens drove in both runs with a 2 RBI double in the third inning.
Mustangs ranked 2nd in Northern California Poll and 5th in Pacific Division Poll (CA,WA,OR)
The first poll for the 2013 season was realeased on Tuesday and the Mustangs are ranked 2nd behind Big 8 rival Santa Rosa who is off to a 9-2 start. The Big 8 conference is well represented with the top 3 spots and 5 of the top 12 teams. Sierra College is ranked third, Modesto is ranked ninth and Diablo Valley is ranked 12th. NORCAL POLL
The first PACIFIC Division Poll was also released Tuesday. The Mustangs were picked 5th in the poll which includes the top teams from all of California, Washington and Oregon. PAD POLL
Delta 8, Cabrillo 7
Mustangs win in walk-off fashion
Stockton, CA 2-23-13. After surrendering a one run lead in the top of the ninth, the Mustangs rallied for a win with a walk off hit by freshman Phil Clark. Clark's hit to deep right field scored Stevie Robinson from third base for the winning run.
Delta trailed 6-3 going into the bottom of the 8th before Matt Vera capped a four run inning with a bases loaded single that scored CJ Owens and Connor Torres.
The Seahawks answered with a run in the top of the ninth and threatened for more before Sean Bennetts worked out of the jam. Bennetts earned the victory to move his record to 2-0. Cody Lane started the game and went 5 1/3 innings. He allowed 3 hits and 2 earned runs. Alex Lott threw 2 1/3 innings and gave up 2 hits and a run.
Delta 4, Cabrillo 2
At Aptos 2-21-13, the Mustangs (7-2) will look to sweep their three-game series with the Seahawks (4-8) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Cecchetti Field. On Thursday, C.J. Owens had two RBI on a ground ball and sacrifice fly, Phil Clark and Wyatt Castro each had two hits, and Eric Sandness struck out three in 21/3 innings of relief.
DELTA 4, CABRILLO 3 (10)
Mustangs escape on error
By Mark Godi
February 20, 2013Record Correspondent
February 20, 2013 12:00 AM
STOCKTON - Cabrillo College's only error Tuesday was more costly than Delta's four combined.
The Mustangs baseball team topped the Seahawks 4-3 in 10 innings at Nick Cecchetti Field on a single by Phillip Clark followed by an error. Delta and Cabrillo continue the three-game series at 2 p.m. on Thursday in Aptos. The series concludes Saturday at Delta.
On Tuesday, Clark came to bat with two outs in the final inning and Jordan Devencenzi on second base. Clark hit a soft ground ball between second baseman Drake Yoshioka and first baseman Eric Vegas. Both fielders made a play for the ball and Clark beat pitcher Mike Murano to the bag. Yoshioka made a hurried throw to Murano that was out of reach, allowing Devencenzi to score.
"Delta kept us in the game by not playing defense and then we were conciliatory by doing the same," Cabrillo coach Bob Kittle said. "The first baseman overplayed that last ball, the pitcher was late covering and the second baseman made a bad throw."
The mishap came after Delta (6-2) was one out away from ending the game in the ninth inning. Pitcher Sean Bennetts forced a grounder up the middle that he knocked down. But he came up too quickly and rushed a throw to first base that was off the mark. The error allowed the Seahawks (4-6) to score a runner from third base to tie the game 3-3.
Devencenzi led off the 10th inning with an infield single and was sacrificed to second by C.J. Owens. Devencenzi, a sophomore catcher, went 3 for 5. He also picked off a runner at first base and threw one out stealing second base.
"This is a big series because Cabrillo kind of knocked us out last year," Devencenzi said. "They took two of three and they were close games like this."
Bennetts got the win going three innings, allowing one hit and no earned runs with two strikeouts. Matt Valencia started the game and went six-plus innings, allowing two runs on two hits with six strikeouts.
"Give Bennetts credit for scrapping back after making a mistake," Delta coach Reed Peters said. "He settled down and still gave us a chance to win."
Solano 8, Delta 4
Fairfield- February 16, 2013
Cody Lane was in control until the fifth inning when the Mustangs defense began to unravel. After giving up an unearned run in the second inning, the fifth inning began in similar fashion with a lead off error. David Fernandez followed with a bunt base hit, then two more errors followed on bunts that led to four unearned runs in the inning. Cody went 5 innings allowing six hits, 0 earned runs and striking out three.
The Mustangs tried to fight back with two runs in the top of the seventh but left the bases loaded after Wyatt Castro's line drive was run down to end the threat.
Jordan Devencenzi led the Mustangs offensively going 3-4 with two RBI's, and CJ Owens collected two hits.
The loss dropped the Mustangs to 5-2 on the year. The Mustangs begin a big three game series with Cabrillo College on Tuesday at Nick Cechetti field at 2:00 and follow with a game at Cabrillo on Thursday at 2:00 and Back home on Saturday at 1:00.
Delta 4, Solano 3
Stockton- February 15, 2013
Rudy Perez lined a base hit over the left fielders head to plate Connor Torres in the bottom of the ninth for a thrilling 4-3 victory over Solano College. Torres collected two hits on the day and played extremely well on defense. Stevie Robinson continued his hot hitting collecting three hits on the day.
Alex Lott threw three innings of 1 hit shutout baseball to collect his first win of the year. The two teams will play again today at Solano at 1pm.
STOCKTON - February 14, 2013
Tyler Stieb lobbied his coach for just one more at-bat to no avail.
The Delta center fielder and was a home run away from the cycle at Nick Cecchetti Field. Stieb was pulled for Josh Bailey with the Mustangs holding a 10-0 lead in the sixth inning.
Steib finished 3 for 3 with two runs scored.
"Had he needed a single or a double it might have been different (for Stieb)," Delta coach Reed Peters said. "It was a case where we had a big lead and could get some other guys some at-bats."
Stevie Robinson went 2 for 2 for Delta (4-1) with two singles and a three RBI. The sophomore second baseman, who had a sacrifice fly during a five-run third inning, increased his team-best average to .615.
Right-hander Sam Held (2-0) got his second start of the year and went six innings. He gave up one run on four hits with two walks and two strikeouts. The Mustangs put eight runs on Gavilan (6-2) starter Gabe Katich in three innings.
- Mark Godi, Record Correspondent
Delta bats come alive in 15-5 victory over West Valley
Feb 9, 2013 Stockton, CA
Delta college got some much needed offense on Saturday. The Mustangs reached base 26 times including 16 hits, 9 hit by pitch and 1 walk en route to a 15-5 victory. After giving up a run in the top of the first the Mustangs answered with 4 runs in the bottom of the inning. Jordan Devencenzi singled in Tyler Stieb for the first run. Dayton Mellor doubled home Devencenzi and CJ Owens plated two more runs with an RBI single. The offense remained steady all day long and the game was put out of reach in the sixth when the Mustangs erupted for eight runs. Eight of the nine starters collected hits and RBI's in the game. Stevie Robinson continued his hot hitting going 3-4 on the day with a double and four RBI's. Jordan Devencenzi, Marcus Mastrobuoni, Dayton Mellor, CJ Owens and Matt Vera all collected two hits a piece.
Cody Lane was strong in his first start of the year. After surrendering a run in the top of the first, he settled in to throw 6 innings allowing just one hit and six strikeouts to collect his first win of the year.
The Mustangs took the series and will host Gavilan College on Thursday at 2:00pm
Missed opportunities and late inning errors cost Mustangs
Feb 7, 2013 Saratoga, CA
The Mustangs got off to a quick start and had a chance to put the game away early but failed to do so. Delta hitters cashed in for two runs in the top of the 1st and 1 in the top of the second. However, 3 strikeouts with runners at 2nd and 3rd kept the Mustangs from pushing the game out of reach early. The Vikings scrapped back to make the score 3-2 going into the seventh inning where once again the Mustangs failed to deliver striking out twice with runners at 2nd and 3rd. That would prove costly as the Vikings used that momentum to score two unearned runs in the bottom of the inning. After Austin Lee struck out the first two batters of the inning, Delta committed two fielding errors then paid the price when Connor Martin doubled to give the Vikings a 4-3 lead. Marshall McKinnon threw 3 1/3 innings of no hit baseball to claim the victory.
Tyler Stieb and Jordan Devencenzi had big days for the Mustangs. Stieb was 2-4 with a double, rbi and 2 stolen bases. Devencenzi was 2-4 with two rbi's. Mustangs pitchers Sam Held, Nick Camarena, Austin Lee and Sean Bennetts combined for 11 strikeouts and seven walks.
The two teams will complete the series on Saturday at Delta College at 1:00pm
Delta Baseball Off and running
Second baseman's big game leads Mustangs' win
February 06, 2013 12:00 AM
STOCKTON - Stevie Robinson insists there is no big secret to his transformation this season.
The Delta College second baseman hit .235 with three hits last season as a reserve, and he has led the Mustangs in hitting in both of their games in 2013.
On Tuesday, Robinson sparked Delta to a 4-2 win over West Valley in its home opener at Nick Cecchetti Field. Also on Tuesday, the Delta softball won its home opener, 10-3 against Merced.
Robinson went 2 for 2 with a double, an RBI, a stolen base and two runs scored. He went 1 for 3 with a double and three RBI in the Mustangs' season opener Friday at Monterey Peninsula.
"The biggest thing for me has been mental preparation," Robinson said. "I've tried to keep things as simple as possible and not try to do too much."
In the second inning, Robinson got behind in the count and battled through foul balls before poking a single to right field to score Dayton Mellor from third base with the game's first run. Mellor, who went 1 for 3, reached on a double and advanced on a wild pitch.
In the fourth inning, Robinson lined a double to left-center field, then stole third base before scoring on a wild pitch. He also scored on a wild pitch in the seventh inning after a walk.
"Stevie works extremely hard and plays with a ton of energy," Delta coach Reed Peters said. "It's infectious on the rest of the team."
After Robinson's double tied the game 2-2, Phillip Clark singled two batters later to put Delta (2-0) ahead for good.
Left-hander Matt Valencia started and went 41/3 innings before exiting with the bases loaded. Eric Sandness ended the inning by forcing the Vikings (2-2) to hit into a double play. Sandness got the win and Alex Lott the save by recording the final five outs. Lott struck out three and forced two groundouts.
"We didn't tear the cover off the ball," Peters said. "But pitching and defense go a long way."
Delta pitching strong in season opener
Freshman Pitcher Sam Held
Sam Held toed the rubber for his first collegiate start and delivered a quality performance going 5 1/3 innings, 3 hits, 6 K's and 0 earned runs en route to his first victory. Most impressive was his ability to maintain his velocity which sat at 88-91 into the 6th inning. Dominic D'Souza, Matt Valencia and Sean Bennetts also threw very well to preserve the 7-4 victory over Monterey Penninsula.
Offensively the Mustangs were led by sophomore second baseman Stevie Robinson and sophomore SS Matt Vera. Robinson went 1-2 with with 3 RBI and Vera collected 2 hits as well.
Defensively, the Mustangs showed some first game jitters committing 2 errors in the first inning which led to three unearned runs. The Mustangs made four errors on the day.
Delta will play a three game set Tuesday, Thursday and Saturday with West Valley, a playoff team from last year. Tuesday and Saturday's games will be at home.
Phil Swimley and Jason Bartlett honored on the "Wall of Fame"
Delta College honored two greats during the annual alumni game:
Phil Swimley led the Mustangs to their first State Championship in 1959 as a pitcher and outfielder. He moved on to star at the University of Washington before signing professionally with the New York Yankees. His biggest contributions were as a coach. Phil was one of the most successful coaches in NCAA history. He became the embodiment of UC Davis Baseball during legendary 36 year coaching career. Led program to 902 victories to rank seventh in NCAA history. His teams won eight conference championships, competed in six NCAA West Coast Region Tournaments & advanced to 1995 NCAA College World Series in Montgomery, Alabama.
Jason Bartlett played at Delta from 1998 to 1999 before transferring to the University of Oklahoma where he was and All Big 12 performer. He was drafted in the 13th round by the San Diego Padres in 2001. Jason made his MLB debut on August 3, 2004 with the Minnesota Twins. During his nine MLB seasons he has played for Minnesota, Tampa Bay, and San Diego. He was selected to the 2009 All Star game and played in the 2008 World Series.
Mustangs ranked 10th in Preseason Poll
Delta Baseball announces 2013 Schedule
Delta college will open the 2013 season on the road at Monterey Penninsula College on February 1st, 2013. 29 of the 36 games will be against top 20 teams from a year ago.
2012 MUSTANGS MOVING ON
Delta college would like to thank it's sophomores for their contributions and wish them luck at their new schools:
Steven Patterson: UC Davis
Andy Scott: Univ Texas Arlington
Spencer Franceschetti: North Carolina Central
Bobby Raymos: Sonoma State
Kurt Smith: Cal State Los Angeles
Taylor Kruger: Cal State East Bay
Nick Parent: Cal State Monterey Bay
Peter Rajkovich: Carson Newman Univ.
Tyler Shepherd: Indiana Univ. Fort Wayne
Robert Covarrubias: Viterbo University
Langston Calhoun: Southern Poly State Univ
Mark Scott: Faulkner University
Congratulations to Steven Patterson, Langston Calhoun for All American Honors and Nick Parent for All Northern California Honors.
2012 ALL AMERICAN
2012 ALL AMERICAN
2012 ALL NORTHERN CALIFORNIA
Five Delta Players receive all Big 8 Conference Honors
Steven Patterson, Langston Calhoun, and Nick Parent were unanimous 1st Team All Big 8 while Mark Scott and Peter Rajkovich received 2nd Team Honors. All conference selections are chosen based on Conference Statistics only. The Big 8 was loaded with top caliber pitching this year. To put up the numbers these guys did was a remarkable feat. Delta is extremely proud of your efforts! Congratulations!
Steven Patterson:Conference Stats: .358 Avg, 5 HR, 19 RBI. Overall Stats: .380 Avg, 6 HR, 33 RBI
Langston Calhoun: Conference Stats: .368 Avg, 2 HR, 22 RBI. Overall Stats: .322 Avg, 3 HR, 26 RBI
Nick Parent: Conference Stats: .337 Avg, 5 HR, 21 RBI. Overall Stats: .333 Avg, 5 HR, 26 RBI
Mark Scott: Conference Stats: 4 W- 1 L, 43.2 INN, 41 K's, 2.68 ERA. Overall Stats: 6 W- 1 L 1 SV, 68.1 INN, 59 K's, 2.24 ERA
Peter Rajkovich: Conference Stats: .322 Avg, 4 2B's, 3 SB's. Overall Stats: .311 Avg, 5 2B's, 8 RBI, 4 SB
Mustangs finish season ranked 18th but miss chance to defend Title
The defending state champions will not have a chance to repeat as they were not picked for the 2012 playoffs. Delta was 1 win shy of making it. The Big 8 Conference was the toughest it has ever been as 7 teams finished within 3 games of 1st place. Unfortunately the selection process is based on geographical representation and not rankings. Delta thanks everyone associated with the program for a great year!
Mark Scott Named CCCBCA Pitcher of the Week
Delta College Pitcher Mark Scott has been named the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association Pitcher of the week for the week of April 16-23. Mark threw a complete game shutout on Tuesday vs #10 Santa Rosa. He allowed 6 hits and recorded 11 strikeouts to improve his record to 6-1. On Saturday Mark was called on once again as the Mustangs went 22 innings against Santa Rosa. Mark threw two innings of shutout baseball.
Langston Calhoun Named CCCBCA Player of the Week
Delta College Outfielder Langston Calhoun has been named the
California Community College Baseball Coaches Association’s
(CCCBCA) baseball Player of the Week for the week of April 9-April
15th, it was announced on Monday.
Nick Parent named CCCBCA Player of the Week
Firstbaseman Nick Parent was named the California Community College Coaches Association Northern California Player of the week for the week of April 2nd -8th. Nick went 8-17 on the week with 3 doubles, 1 homerun and 5 RBI.
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