The No. 16 Murrieta Mesa Rams are thinking playoffs for the first time season. The Rams are a perfect 5-0 in Southwest league play while racking up an impressive 11-3 overall record. The Rams appear to have clinched their first Southwest League championship, which will give them an automatic bid to the playoffs as the Southwest League representative.
The Rams got off to a good start on the season, winning their first six games. This included the first-ever win over SoWest rival and historical power Temecula Great Oak (2-1,3-10), a 9-8 overtime thriller. This marked the first that a SoWest opponent had defeated the Wolfpack.
After wrapping up their first six games with wins over Los Alamitos and league rival Temecula Valley, respectively, Murrieta Mesa went on a three-game road trip and saw defeat for the first time during the season. Their first loss was a tough 9-5 defeat over Santiago (9-5) on Mar. 16, and followed it up with a crushing 14-4 loss to Santa Fe Christian (10-2). The Rams hung tough, but concluded with an 8-6 loss against Huntington Beach (7-6), resulting in the three-game losing streak.
On Mar. 23, the Rams returned home and got back in the win column, defeating SoWest rival Murrieta Valley (0-4, 7-8) 15-0. This set the pace for Murrieta Mesa’s current win streak, which stands at five games. Their most recent game resulted in an impressive 13-6 road win over Aliso Niguel (1-3, 6-6) this past Monday.
With an undefeated conference record to date and an impressive eight games over .500, the Rams sit in the driver’s seat to take the SoWest league and enjoy some May Madness.
Murrieta Mesa resumes play today in a non-conference home matchup against Newport Harbor (1-4, 3-9) at 11:30 a.m.