For four decades now, the Portage Mustangs baseball team has been led by the same head coach Larry McCabe and 43 seasons. McCabe has compiled 517 wins, only 248 losses. He’s won a district title, several conference titles and even made a state appearance in the Final Four.
Back in the late nineties, but last night against Connolly Township, the long time leader reached a new milestone, an undefeated season after trailing the Indians. Early on, the Mustangs exploded with 14 runs in the sixth inning to win 22 to 6 and improve to a 17 and a record.
Not only is this Coach McCabe’s first ever undefeated season, but it’s the first in program history for Portage. After the game, I spoke with Coach and said that 17 and over sounds good, but you don’t want to end that way, Coach McCabe said.
Oh, no. We’ve got plenty more baseball to play. The team set aside goals at the beginning of the season to reach the District six playoffs. They are now one step closer to achieving that goal.
“We go Monday to the Westpac championship at Mount Aloysius and we need to get after that game and then the district playoffs will start next Thursday. And you know, we we have to be ready to continue on this situation, which to me is we want to get to the District six championship and make some noise.”
Well, as coach said, the Westpac championship is set for Monday afternoon and Mount Aloysius College Portage will face Rockwood in the championship game.
First pitch goes out at 430. And keep in mind this is the last season the portage will play in the Westpac. They moved to the Heritage Conference starting next year.