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PREP SOFTBALL

Kyler sends the Eagles to the Second Round

By Adam Paul
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EL CAJON (5-22-15) — The Granite Hills Eagles looked to continue their dominance and start their quest for a championship, Thursday (May 21). The championship quest started with a home game against the Bulldogs of Calexico. In the end the No. 2 Granite Hills Eagles showed the No.7 Bulldogs why they were the two seed with their 8-0 victory in the double elimination San Diego CIF Division II tournament.

Things went the Eagles way in the bottom of the first as they jumped out on top 2-0 thanks to a double by KAILA DEWITT, a walk by JESSIE LAPIERRE, who both would come in and score on an error that allowed HALLE KYLER to reach base.

In the second inning the floodgates opened for the Eagles as they were able to score six times thanks to multiple base hits. Leadoff hitter KATIE WALL smashed a base hit and moved over on an error that allowed KAYLA MACK to reach, and would score on the sacrifice fly by BRIELLE TYSELLING. KAREN CREECH singled, Kaila Dewitt hit into a fielder’s choice but would be safe, VICTORIA HATHAWAY ripped a triple that scored both Creech and Dewitt. Jessie LaPierre singled bringing in Hathaway, Halle Kyler walked, CASSIDY SHEW singled and up for the second time came Katie Wall who thumped a double that scored both LaPierre and Kyler to round out the scoring at 8-0.

Luckily the Eagles did all their scoring early as they wouldn’t score the rest of the game which saw their defense come through big time as well as the pitching by Halle Kyler. The Eagles on the day were able to hash out 10 hits.

They were also able to rough up the Bulldogs starter KASEY CAZARES for 8 runs of which only 1 was earned while giving up 7 hits, 3 walks and 1 strikeout.

PREP BASEBALL

Patriots let off the gas early, cruise to Central title

By Bill Dickens
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EL CAJON (5-22-15) — It could have been worse. Central League champion Christian High pounded out 11 hits and scored all 12 runs in the first two innings, and then emptied the bench in Thursday’s (May 21) regular season finale.

After that Christian went into glide control in what resulted in a 12-4 victory over visiting Lincoln. The victory hoisted the Patriots’ record to 25-2 overall and 12-0 in league activity.

All 17 Patriots played and 11 of them contributed to the 13-hit onslaught.

“The kids from both teams had a lot of fun,” said Christian coach MIKE MITCHELL, noting that Lincoln did all of its scoring in the 7th inning.

JUSTIN LEDGERWOOD continued his hot hitting over the last seven games with a 1-for-2 effort. During that span he batted .700 (14-for-20) with 12 RBI.

WILL HAIL returned from a recruiting trip and made an immediate impact, going 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, which ballooned his season average to the .500 mark (35-for-70). Hail also had 28 RBI including 3 in the finale.

PREP BASKETBALL

2015 Prep Girls Basketball

PREP FOOTBALL

First set of 2016 scholarships are coming in

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EL CAJON (5-18-15) — Granite Hills senior-to-be JACOB BURTON, a 6-foot-3, 240-pound lineman, has been offered a scholarship to the University of Arizona.

Burton, if he accepts the Wildcats’ offer, will join former Santana lineman T.D. GROSS at the Tucson campus. Burton’s father, BRAD, who played at San Diego State, and uncle MITCH, who also played football for the Aztecs, offer the youthful Jacob plenty of experience going into his final season of high school football.

Other Scholarship Recruits
A handful of West Hills seniors earned scholarships to the University of Minnesota Crookston. Lineman GARRET MEAD, a first team Grossmont Valley League player who played virtually every snap for the Wolf Pack in 2014 has already accepted a scholarship.

Also earning a scholarship to UMC is linebacker CONNER FINNESTEAD, who played his first three years at West Hills and then transferred to Mater Dei Catholic where he earned All CIF honors.

Versatile PEANUT HERRADA, who red-shirted last year at UMC, joins former West Hills wide receiver ERIC FIEGE on the Crookston campus.

 

IN THE COMMUNITY

FOOTBALL!

Do you love the game? The San Diego Nighthawks Semi­pro football team is looking for adult men 18 and over to fill its roster for the 2015 season. We practice one day per week (Thursday nights @ 7:30pm at Santee Sportsplex) with games starting in July. We will play a 10 game regular season, 2­3 pre­season games, and possibly playoffs. Our home field is El Capitan high school and games will be played on Saturday nights. We have players with different levels of experience, including high school, college, and pro.

One thing we all have in common is a genuine love for the game. This is a pay to play league as team fees are $175 for the season. This includes the practice/game venues, refs, 2 uniforms, transportation, practice jersey/shorts/T­shirt, and much more. You supply your equipment.

If you are interested in speaking with us you can visit our website at www.sandiegonighthawks.com. We look forward to speaking with you or seeing you in the stands this upcoming July. GO NIGHTHAWKS!

2015 SAN DIEGO NIGHTHAWKS
DateOpponentSite
8/8Los Angeles Hilltoppers  El Capitan 
8/15San Diego SilverbacksTBA
8/22SoCal ApachesDowney
8/29San Diego StallionsEl Capitan
9/5LEAGUE WIDEBYE
9/12SoCal EaglesEl Capitan
9/19BYEWEEK
9/26SoCal Golden BearsEl Capitan
10/3San Diego StallionsRamona
10/10Inglewood BlackhawksLos Angeles
10/17San Diego SilverbacksEl Capitan
10/24SoCal EaglesChino
10/31First Round of PlayoffsTBD
11/7Second Round of Playoffs  TBD
11/21League ChampionshipTBD

 

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GROSSMONT COLLEGE

SOFTBALL

Eggleston leads the Griffin sextuplet of All-Conference members

By Chris Davis
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SAN DIEGO (4-29-15) — Six Grossmont College Griffins have been tabbed as All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference members.

MELISSA EGGLESTON and AMANDA HARTNET were both named to the First Team, while NICOLE BALINGER, KAYLA BROWNING and AMANDA “AJ” WYGANT were all named to the Second Team and BRIANA STRANDBERG was an Honorable Mention.

Eggleston was named to the 2014 All-PCAC First Team as well. This season, the sophomore shortstop led the Griffins in eight different categories including batting average (.339), at bats (121), runs (31), hits (41), triples (3), home runs (1, tied for lead), walks (18) and stolen bases (28, also led the conference).

Hartnet was a second team member last year and moved up to first team this season. Hartnet was one of only three Griffins to hit .300 or better (Eggleston and Browning). Amanda also hit the most doubles on the team (9) and along with Eggleston and Wygant was tied for the team lead in home runs. The sophomore third baseman was second on the team with 12 stolen bases and reached on 14 free passes.

The Griffin trio of second teamers also made up the battery for the Griffins. Balinger and Wygant were the only two pitchers this season for Grossmont and Browning caught every single inning this season for the Green and Gold. The trio combined for the most strikeouts as a staff in the conference and a top 25 mark in the State.

Balinger had a 2.95 ERA (4th in the PCAC) over her 177 2/3 innings pitched (led the PCAC). Nicole threw 21 complete games (2nd in the conference), and her 14 wins were also second most in the PCAC.

BASEBALL

Eight Griffins named to All-PCAC team

By Chris Davis
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SAN DIEGO (5-1-15) — Eight total Griffin baseball players were named to the All-Pacific Coast Athletic Conference team on Wednesday (Apr. 30).

DIEGO REYNOSO was named to the All-PCAC First Team catchers, JORGE GARCIA was named to the first base position and TANNER PERRY to the infield.

Reynoso, who was named to the same position last year, hit .313 (42-134) with a home run and 20 RBI over his 35 games. Reynoso’s best day at the plate came against San Diego City at Morley Field. On March 4, he went 4 for 5 with a pair of runs scored and a pair of RBI in the Griffins 10-2 victory. Defensively, Reynoso caught 42.9 percent of opponents attempting to steal. That statistic led the circuits catchers. Palomar’s Francis Christy was second, catching only a third of potential base stealers.

Garcia, a freshman out of Helix, led the Griffins in two of the three Triple Crown categories. The first baseman had a team high .397 (54-136) and four home runs. He came up a few RBI short of taking the crown, but he did have 20 RBI on the season to help the cause.

Perry, a freshman from Steele Canyon, captured the RBI title amongst his teammates with 32. The second baseman was second on the team with two home runs and a .374 (55-147) average. His 55 hits were a team high. The 20 double plays that he was involved with were tied for third in the conference.

Honorable mentions by the conference went to four sophomores: outfielder KEITH KRUEGER, utility player BRADY GROESBECK, pitchers NEIL LANG and JOE VISKAS. Freshman pitcher ANDREW SCHULTZ was also named an honorable mention.

Krueger and Lang were named to the same position during the 2014 season.

FOOTBALL

2014 Season Coverage

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Reliever Andrew Bellatti impresses again for Rays

By Marc Topkin, Staff Writer
Courtesy Tampa Bay Times

MINNEAPOLIS (5-22-15) — Rookie RHP ANDREW BELLATTI, former Steele Canyon standout, impressed again Saturday in his second solid outing since his unexpected call-up to the Tampa Bay Rays.

And though the end result was being sent back to Triple-A Durham, as the Rays are activating infielder Nick Franklin off the disabled list, Bellatti certainly showed worthy of further opportunity.

"He came up here and did everything he could possibly do to showcase himself really well," manager Kevin Cash said. "I would definitely envision (that) he put himself in that mix when we need arms."

Bellatti, 23, who got the win in his May 9 debut, came on in the fourth Saturday with the Rays down 3-1 and kept it there, working 2 2/3 scoreless innings, most impressive in the sixth when he allowed a walk and a double then struck out the next three.

"I've just tried to kind of come in and go for it," Bellatti said. "Not really hold anything back, not really shy away from anyone. I feel like I've held my own pretty well."

NCAA DIVISION I BASEBALL

Holder named WCC Player of the Year

By Chris Davis
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SAN BRUNO (5-21-15) — Former Grossmont College shortstop KYLE HOLDER (University City/Grossmont College) was awarded the West Coast Conference Player of the Year award on Wednesday (May 20). Holder and JESSE JENNER are both former Griffins to be playing for the WCC Coach of the Year Rich Hill for the 2015 WCC regular season champions.

Holder led the Toreros with a .357 average over his 213 at bats while playing in all 52 games this season. Kyle was second on the team with 13 doubles to go along with a pair of triples and a trio of home runs. Holder was involved in 25 of the 34 double plays that USD turned this season.

Jenner (Steele Canyon/Grossmont College) was third this regular season on the Toreros in batting average in slightly limited play this season. The senior catcher hit .327 (48-147) in a limited 41 games (39 starts) for the Blue and White. Jenner was slow to start this season due to injuries he sustained at the end of summer ball last year. The two time All-East County Sports.com member had 10 extra base hits with 35 RBI. Defensively, Jenner threw out over a quarter of runners attempting to steal against him.

USD (32-20, 19-8 WCC) is the top seed in this weekend’s WCC tournament being held at Banner Island Ballpark on the Stockton riverfront. Banner Island Ballpark is celebrating its 10th anniversary season this year and is the home of the Stockton Ports (Oakland A’s affiliate) of the California League.


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2015 EAST COUNTY
ATHLETES
OF THE WEEK

PREP SOFTBALL/BASEBALL

DaSHAWN KEIRSEY, Helix

The 6-foot-1 senior southpaw pitched a 1-hit shutout and struck out 10 as the Highlanders defeated Valhalla 5-0. When he wasn’t pitching, the centerfielder batted .667 (4-for-6) with 3 runs scored, a double and 3 RBI.

KENNEDY LABSHERE, Valhalla

Against Santana, the freshman third baseman went 4-for-4 with 3 runs scored, a home run, a double and an RBI.

SERGIO ALCAREZ, Steele Canyon

The 5-foot-7, 155-pound junior infielder went 4-for-4 with 2 runs scored, 8 RBI, a double and a home run against the Serra Conquistadors.

ALEX GUAY, West Hills

The sophomore catcher and first baseman for the Wolf Pack went 3-for-4 against El Centro Southwest with 5 RBI, a run, a double and a 3-run home run. Her totals for the week, also including Steele Canyon and Valhalla were 7-for-12, 8 RBI, a double and a home run.

CONNER KONISHI, Helix

The 6-foot, 166-pound sophomore in two games against Grossmont Hills League rival Grossmont, went 4-for-8 with two runs scored and an RBI. In addition Konishi pitched six innings of three hit ball, giving up no runs, two walks and striking out three.

MADISON (MJ) JAMES, Patrick Henry

The sophomore pitcher threw two complete games last week, a 12-2 victory over Serra in a 6-inning, three hit outing, giving up two runs (none earned), one walk and nine strikeouts. Against Scripps Ranch, which ended in 2-2 tie, James turned in a 16-inning complete game, giving up nine hits, two runs, two earned runs, two walks and 16 stikeouts.

TRISTEN SALINAS, Santana

The 5-foot-10, 160-pound sophomore right-hander is a double threat for the Grossmont Valley League leading Sultans. As a pitcher he spun a 3-hit complete game shutout and struck out six against Monte Vista. He also swung the bat, hitting at a .583 clip with seven hits in 12 at-bats. Included in his hit totals were a triple and a home run, five runs scored and four RBI.

McKENZIE FLORES, Helix

In three games this past week against Granite Hills, La Jolla Country Day and Mount Miguel, the freshman from Helix went 6 for 9 with five runs, two doubles and three RBI.

WILL HAIL, Christian

A 5-foot-11, 205-pound senior catcher, Hail recorded 7-8 (.785) against Clairemont and Coronado with four runs scored and six RBI for the Christian Patriots.

CASSIE VAN TIL, Patrick Henry

The sophomore outfielder, in three games last week against Scripps Ranch, Morse and Rancho Bueno Vista, went 7-10 (.700) with two runs scored and six RBI for the Patrick Henry Patriots.

MYLES EMMERSON, El Capitan

The highly recruited versatile junior went 5 for 7 with three runs, two doubles and three RBI in the finals of the Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament. He also hit his second home run for the Vaqueros.

HALLE KYLER, Granite Hills

The sophomore is a double threat for the Eagles, going 3 for 4 against Santana with two doubles, a single, two RBI and four runs scored. Against West Hills she earned the win with a complete game outing, allowing two hits and striking out 11. She scored two runs against Bishop’s in the Jaguar Classic Championship game, and earned the win with three innings pitched, giving up one hit and striking out six.

COLE HENDERSON, Valhalla

The 6 foot-3, 185 pound versatile junior batted .667 with 10 hits in 15 swings in the Premier Division of the 65th Annual Lions Tournament. Included in his totals were two doubles, a home run, six RBI, and five runs. In his only pitching start he hurled five innings versus Poway allowing only one unearned run.

CARLY PEARSON, Grossmont

The junior infielder went 7 for 9 with a double, five runs, four stolen bases and an RBI against Bishop’s, El Camino and Rancho Bernardo in the Jaguar Classic and Falcon Fiesta Tournaments.

JOSH ESQUIBEL, Steele Canyon

The freshman first baseman began the season with 15 hits in 26 at-bats (.577) in three games as the Cougars averaged 12 runs a game in a 3-game sweep during the Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament.

VICTORIA VILLEGAS, Valhalla

Against Helix in the Bucs Classic, the freshman went 4 for 4 with four runs, a triple, two home runs and six RBI.

BRYCE JURRIES, Christian

The 6-foot, 170-pound right-handed pitcher twirled 2 shutouts in leading the Patriots to three straight wins and the championship of the Aztec/Foothiller Tournament. In 14 innings he allowed only 8 hits and 2 walks. He struck out 6.

KENDRA BUCKLEY, Steele Canyon

The senior went 10-for-16 (.625 average) with 5 runs, 3 triples, 2 home runs, a double and 5 RBI in four softball games last week, two of which the Cougars won and two of which they lost.

KENDALL MARINESI, West Hills
The Wolf Pack junior infielder went 3 for 4 with four RBI in the Silver Bracket semifinal of the Cougar Classic as West Hills defeated Hilltop 10-0. In other games this week she hit a double and scored two runs.


JAKE CASTILLO, Mount Miguel
The 5-foot-10, 160-pound senior infielder-pitcher batted .533 (8 for 15) as the Matadors streaked to a 3-0 start to begin the season. Included in Castillo’s totals were six RBI and five Runs in the sweep. He was 3 for 5 with five RBI for the Matadors against Mission Bay. He also posted one victory on the hill against SD-Southwest.

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