College Corner: Quentin Mansfield, Baseball

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From Luna to Lobo, it is all in the future plans and hopes of former Belen High baseball player Quentin Mansfield.

Playing for Luna Community College in Las Vegas, N.M. this past season, Mansfield was a stable in the bullpen for the Rough Riders. Mansfield saw time in middle relief and as one of the team’s closers, as Luna posted a 27-28 record as an independent in the National Junior College Athletic Association.

News-Bulletin file photo: Quentin Mansfield delivers a pitch during his senior season at Belen in 2011. He spent his first year in college ball playing for Luna Community College in Las Vegas, N.M. and hopes to transfer to UNM after next season.

It was the best record posted by Luna in their seven years of putting a team on the field. It has Mansfield excited about his second season with the Rough Riders, hopefully in a starting pitching role for the club.

Mansfield is pursuing an associates degree in criminal justice along with his pursuits on the baseball diamond.

“I am hoping to be one of the main starting pitchers and hoping to graduate on time (in May of 2013) as well,” said Mansfield. “After leaving Luna, I will attend the University of New Mexico to get my bachelor’s in criminal justice, and hopefully play baseball there as a Lobo.”

As a 2011 graduate of Belen High, the former Eagle would like to again wear the uniform of the maroon and gold.

“After I’m done with college, I want to become a police officer,” he said. “But I have always wanted to coach, as well. Maybe in the future I will do that, hopefully for my old high school.”

Mansfield was the No. 2 starting pitcher for the Eagles during the last two seasons of his high school career, behind Matt Holona. During his years at Belen, the Eagles made regular state tournament appearances and finished no lower than second place in their district.

After Mansfield’s senior year, the hurler was selected to the District 6-4A second team as an outfielder and pitcher and the All-Metro second team as a pitcher. He was also All-Metro honorable mention as an outfielder.

For now, Mansfield is getting ready to hit the books at Luna, because graduating next May is Mansfield’s primary goal. How he does on the field in the spring will dictate whether a cherry and silver uniform is in his future.

Although Lobo coach Ray Birmingham and Mansfield have not had regular contact since the summer after graduation, it was the UNM mentor that recommended Luna as an option for the Belen pitcher.

“This coming season’s team is looking to be a pretty good one,” said the Belen native. “We have a lot of guys returning along, with all of the new freshman, and transfers that will be coming as well.”


-- Email the author at mstearns@news-bulletin.com.