Once rivals, Ibesate, Cleveland now teammates at Shasta

Posted by Van Williams, ALB Media Director | Apr 14, 2014

They were on opposite sides when they played Legion in Alaska, but now Anchorage’s Mahlon Cleveland and Juneau’s Lance Ibesate are teammates at Shasta College in California.

And when Cleveland picked up his first collegiate win in an 8-6 win over Butte it was Ibesate who helped chip in.

Cleveland, of Dimond Post 21 fame, came out of the pen to throw 4.1 innings of shutout relief. The freshman right-hander lowered his ERA to 2.70 in 13.1 innings.

This was his sixth scoreless outing in eight appearances this season.

Ibesate reached base twice in four at-bats on a double and a walk. He scored twice in the game, including an insurance run in the eighth inning.

The sophomore second baseman bats leadoff for Shasta and is its best player. He leads the team with a .301 batting average, seven doubles and nine stolen bases in 30 games.

Ibesate has hit safely in 11 of the last 14 games.

A few days ago he went 3-for-4 with two doubles and five RBIs. He has driven in 13 runs on the season.

Shasta [14-18] sits in third place in the Golden Valley division of the California Community College Baseball Coaches Association.

This story was written by Van Williams, a freelance writer in Anchorage and the ALB Media Director.