King City Mustangs pitcher Octavio Contreras struck out three players during the games against Monte Vista Christian on April 12 and 14. (Ivan Garcia)

KING CITY — As we get closer to the finish line, the King City High School boys’ baseball team and girls’ softball team combined to 1-4 last week.


Entering last week, the King City Mustangs baseball team had a two-game winning streak and were 5-2 in the Mission Division.

The week was a tough test against the Monte Vista Christian (MVC) Mustangs, who are in first place at 6-0. Last season MVC were the NorCal Division V champs, and this season they are off to a 14-1 start.

Although the King City Mustangs were playing better, they ran up against a Monte Vista Christian team that was just better. MVC won both games against the Mustangs, who could only score one run during the match-ups, 7-0 and 5-1.

King City will look to get back on track this week when they start a two-game series with Rancho San Juan.


Once again, the King City Mustangs softball team is in the title hunt in the Mission Division, with the Lady Mustangs only one game back of the Pacific Grove Breakers, with one more meeting between the teams on May 2 in King City.

Before the Lady Mustangs could keep pace with Pacific Grove, they had a non-league match-up with the Monterey Toreadors. The Lady Toreadors have a record of 9-5 in the Gabilan Division, which is considered the best division in the area.

So far this season, the Lady Mustangs are 0-2 against teams from the Gabilan Division. Unfortunately, they struggled against the Toreadors and lost 9-0.

The Lady Mustangs are now 3-6 in their non-league games.

In their final game of the week, they returned to league play against the Greenfield Bruins. The Lady Mustangs were led by Kayla Tankersley, who had a grand slam in their 18-0 win over the Lady Bruins.

Now, the Lady Mustangs have a huge week ahead of them as they are set to compete against the Stevenson Pirates, who are 3-0 in the Mission Division. If they are going to push for the title, they are going to have to get through the Pirates on Thursday.

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Jason Gallardo is the sports reporter for King City Rustler and Salinas Valley Tribune, a unified publication of Greenfield News, Soledad Bee and Gonzales Tribune. He covers high school sports for South Monterey County.


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