Mountain View was hoping to ride the momentum of winning four games in as many days into Friday's championship game of the Tucson Conquistadores Lancer Baseball Classic.
Then, the Mountain Lions met the red-hot bats of the Redlands (Calif.) Terriers.
The Terriers (11-1) had seven different hitters drive in a run and were on the receiving end of three doubles and an RBI from catcher Jacob Nottingham on their way to an 11-1 run-rule-shortened victory at Reid Park Annex.
"There's a little bit of education there on playing against the best," said Mountain View coach Erik Sabel. "It's frustrating, but we had a good a week. We've got a lot to be proud of and a lot to build on moving forward."
Redlands starter Kavan Pardo silenced the Mountain Lions, allowing just two hits and a run in five innings. Pardo retired seven of the last eight he faced and 12 of his 15 outs were recorded either on the ground or on strikeouts.
"He's got a ton of movement," said Redlands coach Estevan Valencia. "The biggest thing for him has been just working on keeping the ball down and attacking hitters. His biggest fight is keeping the right arm slot and letting his ball dance."
Mountain View (10-5) starter Garrett Manriquez lasted just 2 1/3 innings, allowing six runs and seven hits.
The task of playing six games in five days caught up with the Mountain Lions.
"I'd like to play them when we have one of our top guys throwing," Sabel said. "But it should be a learning experience when you play a team like that and see the things they do."
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