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Dons punch their ticket to the Semi's behind Faraimo

By Adam Paul
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SAN CARLOS (5-27-15) — In San Diego CIF Open Division third round action at Patrick Henry High in front of a big crowd, the No. 6 Cathedral Catholic Dons took on the host No. 4 Patrick Henry Patriots and were able to come away with the 3-1 victory, Tuesday (May 26).

The first few innings both teams matched each other inning for inning as the pitching and defense dominated the contest. However the Dons were the first to strike as they were able to finally breakthrough in the top of the top of the fourth inning with a run to lead 1-0.

The leadoff batter for the Dons, TIERRA FALO managed to work the count and finally was able to get hold of a pitch and smash it for a double. She would be lifted for a courtesy runner. The courtesy runner moved to third on a wild pitch and came in to score on the fly ball out to left by JACEY BOURGEOIS. The Patriots were able to get out of the inning without any further damage done.

Unfortunately the Patriots ran into the buzz saw in Don’s pitcher MEGAN FARAIMO who was just bringing it by limiting the high powered offense of the Patriots to mainly groundball outs and strikeouts through the first four innings. In the top of the fifth, Cathedral Catholic was able to push across a couple more runs to stretch their lead to 3-0.

Leadoff hitter for the Dons RAVEN LECLAIR was able to notch a single, the next batter struck out, so with one out and a runner on base, up stepped SARAI NAI to the plate. On the very first offering she absolutely crushed the ball over the fence for the two run homer which brought the Dons faithful to their feet.

Now trailing by three runs heading into the bottom of the seventh inning the Patriots finally broke through and got on the board with a run to cut the lead to 3-1. Leadoff hitter for Patrick Henry, senior SIERRA ALTMEYER 1-3 (HR, R) facing an 0-2 count took the next pitch and clubbed a towering shot over the left field fence for the only run of the game for the Patriots and also one for the movies, a homerun in her final at-bat as a Patriot. Unfortunately that was all the Patriots would garner as Faraimo retired the next three Patriot batters to end the game and thus eliminating the Patriots from the playoffs.


Konishi breaks play-in game open with a two run double

By Bill Dickens
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LA MESA (5-27-15) — The No. 7 seeded Helix Highlanders (18-6) took a 2-1 lead in the 1st inning of Tuesday’s (May 26) SDCIF Division I play-in game against Santa Fe Christian, finishing with a 6-2 victory.

The Highlanders broke the game open in the 4th inning with 4 runs, extending their lead to 6-1. With two outs STEVEN ALBA and MATTHEW RICHARDSON both walked. CONNER KONISHI doubled to left, scoring Alba. JACK STRONACH was intentionally walked and LEE MUTTER was hit a pitch, scoring Richardson. DaSHAWN KEIRSEY hit a line drive double to right, scoring both Konishi and Stronach.

Keirsey scattered 7 hits over seven innings while striking out 8. The effort raised his record to 5-3.


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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.


Time for the crack of the bat

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SAN DIEGO (5-22-15) — Team San Diego will kick-off the summer collegiate season by participating in the annual Stars & Stripes Memorial Day Weekend tournament. Four teams will play a complete round-robin on Sat.-Sun., May 23-24, with the championship semifinals conducted on Monday, with the title game slated to follow at 4 p.m.

All nine contests are slated for Stars Field, a private baseball facility, located 1.1 miles north of Barona Casino on Wildcat Canyon Road north of Lakeside. Games are set for 9 a.m., 12:30 p.m. and 4 p.m. daily.



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!

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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.


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.


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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."


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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ANDY LOWRY, Granite Hills

The 6-foot-1, 182-pound senior outfielder batted .600 (6-for-10) in games against Steele Canyon when he rang up an RBI, Grossmont, when he was hit by pitch three times and Helix when he slugged a double.

TESS EATON, West Hills

In the pressure packed San Diego Section CIF Division I elimination game when Ramona threatened to score in the latter innings with runners on in multiple innings, Eaton, a senior pitcher, showed resilience every time and was able to get out of each jam by retiring the next hitters by either ground out, fly ball or strikeout in the come from behind 4-3 victory in 12 innings.


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.


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


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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


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.


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.

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.

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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