2016 Desert Classic: 35+ American

Club Mexico 16, Murrieta Mutiny 4

‘Martinez Four-Hitter Leads the Way’

By Alejandro Rodriguez, Special to MSBLNational.com

January 18, 2015, Rancho Mirage, CA – Aided by an offensive attack that saw them score 10 runs in the first four innings, Club Mexico defeated the Murrieta Mutiny 16-4 to win the 35+ American Division championship at the MSBL Palm Springs Desert Classic.

Club Mexico scored 10 runs in the first four innings, highlighted by a six run fourth inning on their way to the victory. For Club Mexico, Jim Ryan went 4 for 4 with a double, two runs scored and three RBIs, Joe Elias went 3 for 4 with a double, three runs scored and five RBIs and Clint Romero went 3 for 4 with a double and four RBIs

Dave Martinez pitched a complete game for Club Mexico, giving up four hits, three runs and totaled four strikeouts. Manager Jim Ryan was pleased with his team’s victory in their first tournament together as a team. “This was the first time playing together with this team, we wanted to put it all together and our goal was to win the championship.”

Ryan also credits a solid all-around team effort for the victory. “We did the things we needed to do, our pitchers got outs, our guys drove in runs and we got on the board early. Getting an early lead always helps a pitcher.”

Ryan particularly enjoyed the family aspect of the tournament. “It’s always a great time coming here. This time, however, we made it a family trip, which makes it easier. We’re a close knit group.”

Ryan looks forward to returning to the tournament next year. “This is always a well run tournament and very competitive. We’re glad to be a part of it.”