That wasnt the case in Mondays (Apr. 30)
Grossmont Hills League 7-1 victory over visiting Steele
Canyon. The Highlanders (14-6, 5-1 GHL) powered home
runs by BRANDON LEWIS, RAY PETERSON and FRANKIE NUNEZ.
Helix has now clouted 18 home runs in 20 games.
Lewis second home run of the season tied the
game 1-1 in the 3rd inning. After ROMELLO CARBUCCIA
walked and Nunez reached on an error, Peterson blasted
a game-winning home run over the left field fence to
make it 4-1.
We have decent pop, Holland said. Weve
hit the long ball more than I thought we would with
these new bats. Home runs accounted for six of our seven
runs today, but playing the short game is our strength
along with pitching and defense.
For good measure, Nunez, who usually submits to a designated
hitter, rifled the knockout blow a two-run home
run over the right field fence in the 6th.
Not to be lost in the Helix power show was the pitching
of senior southpaw MARK YOUNG (4-1), who allowed two
hits and struck out 7 during a six-inning stint.
Young escaped bases-loaded jams in the 3rd and 6th
He pitched real well in key situations,
By defeating Steele Canyon (12-8, 5-2 GHL) for the
second time in as many tries, the No. 9-ranked Highlanders
took over first place in the GHL. They lead the Cougars
and Granite Hills by one-half game.
Helix is in the midst of a string of playing five games
in seven days.
Its going to be a challenge, said
Holland , whose side is off to a 2-0 start in that stretch.
CHRISTIAN 9, MORSE 2 MICHAEL KAUFMAN
fired a 5-hitter and struck out 11 Monday (Apr. 30)
as the visiting Patriots rolled over Morse in an Eastern
The Patriots, who have been struggling at the plate
of late, broke loose for 14 hits against three Morse
We did a better job of swinging the bats today,
Christian coach MIKE MITCHELL said. We have two
more games against (No. 8 ranked) Mira Mesa this week
and they are really good.
Christian (12-10, 2-4) pushed across for three runs
in the 2nd inning. NICK JARVIS and Kaufman swatted back-to-back
singles. JOE ROSS scored Jarvis on a sacrifice fly for
his third game-winning RBI. SAM GUERRA ripped an RBI
double to right field, and STEPHEN JOHNSTON eventually
singled in Guerra.
Catcher AJ GREGORVIC, who threw two Morse runners out
on the bases, was 3-for-5 with an RBI.
Jarvis and Ross finished with two hits and two RBI
for the Patriots.
Now as a junior, RAY PETERSON is batting in the
heart of the Highlanders order and on Saturday
(Apr. 28) against first place Steele Canyon, he
came through with two big base knocks that gave
the Scotties a 4-1 victory to tie the Cougars
on top with both teams having one loss in the
Grossmont Hills League race.
This was a very big game for us,
Peterson said after raising his average to .414
on the season and collecting the game-winning
RBI. Coming into this game I felt like I
had been struggling a little at the plate, but
I've just continued to put in the hard work and
it paid off today.
The weather has scrunched the Highlanders schedule
by having 5 games in 7 days so maybe the best
news for them was that ROMELLO CARBUCCIA was able
to give their entire bullpen some much needed
rest as he threw a complete game, limiting the
Cougars to just 7 hits and struck out four.
As a safety for the Highlanders football team
Carbuccia is used to taking away the hopes of
the opposition and he forced the Cougars to strand
nine runners on the bases, but wasn't expecting
the workload to be a season-high 115 pitches.
I think I threw right around 100 against
Cathedral, he said. I'm not gonna
lie, I was getting a little frustrated with myself
because I didn't feel like I had my best stuff,
but it's great to come away with the W.
KACY SMITH went 2-for 3 with a double scoring
twice, sophomore GEORGE Hurricane
GARCIA smashed a run-scoring double off the center
field wall and DIEGO REYNOSO made a couple of
big plays behind the plate and also had two sacrifice
I thought the game Diego called today was
outstanding, Holland said. He and
Mello were really on the same page and that's
a tough team over there. They absolutely have
no quit in them and they're a really scrappy and
The Cougars were lead by COLE FLINT, who went
2-for-4 and FRANK CALIFANO, who had a quality
start giving up only one earned run in 4 2/3 innings
and continued to flash his sly pick-off move as
he snatched a Scottie off the base path..
The Wolf Pack beat Grossmont three times that year,
twice during the regular season and once in the SDCIF
Grossmont has dominated ever since.
This season, however, the Pack has beaten the Hillers
in back-to-back victories, including 7-3 on Saturday
Grossmont took a 3-0 lead in the top of the 1st inning
but it didnt stand up.
West Hills scored five runs in the next three frames
to take the lead. MICHAEL CARLIN slashed 2-run doubles
in the 2nd and 5th innings to propel the Wolf Pack into
a lead they would not lose. He finished with four RBI.
Beating Grossmont back-to-back is something weve
never dreamed about, said Carlin.
BRANDON DELANEY pitched his 4th complete game, scattering
seven hits and allowing only two earned runs while striking
out nine in his 6th victory in eight decisions.
Hes not a 90-mile-an-hour guy, West
Hills coach JASON FOWLER said of Delaney, who is being
courted by UC Santa Barbara. Nor does he throw
a major league curve ball. He just knows how to get
Carlin, on the other hand, is being wooed by Cal State
I think Cal State San Bernardino would be a good
fit for him, Fowler said.
One of the strengths for Carlin is his versatility.
He can play multiple positions catcher, short
stop, second base, right field and center field.
Its a good feeling that people recognize
that I can play so many positions, Carlin said.
Ill probably be an outfielder if I go to
Cal State San Bernardino. I think that would be a perfect
Grossmonts DEREK RUSTICH hit his first home run
with two men aboard a shot that landed in the
trees beyond the right field fence.
But the lead was short-lived as host West Hills (11-10,
3-4 GHL) scored seven runs in the next five innings.
VALHALLA 3, GRANITE HILLS 2 The up-and-down
Norsemen, who refuse to relinquish their spot in the
playoffs, knocked off visiting Granite Hills Saturday
(Apr. 28) in Grossmont Hills League action.
RAMSEY ROMANO, who is ticketed to be the Norsemens
closer, turned in a complete game 6-hitter for his first
win of the season. The junior right-hander allowed only
six hits and two earned runs while striking out three
to post his first win in five decisions.
Valhalla (9-13, 2-5 GHL) broke a 2-2 deadlock in the
bottom of the 6th inning on KYLE McBRIDEs second
double of the game.
The game was definitely a pitching masterpiece, as
Granite Hills DANIEL STARWALT allowed three runs
and struck out six in a 6-inning complete game effort.
EL CAPITAN 12, MOUNT MIGUEL 1 The dreaded
emotional hangover that attacked Mount Miguel coach
JASON BABINEAU and his Matadors reared its ugly head
Saturday (Apr. 28) when the Matadors hosted front-running
El Capitan in Spring Valley.
In the back of your head you hope it isnt
going to happen, but we came out lifeless, Babineau
said. We showed a little spark early (thanks to
three El Capitan first inning errors), but we were pretty
dormant after that.
Mount Miguel (11-7-1, 3-2) mustered up only three hits.
Tape-measure home runs by TROY CONYERS a three-run
rocket to no-mans land (right field)
in the 1st inning left both teams in awe. CURREN FACER
followed with a parking-lot shot to left field that
gave the Vaqueros a 3-0 advantage in the opening frame.
Both of those balls were bombs, said Babineau.
Our kids were talking about how nobody hits the
ball to right.
After those two home runs the El Capitan defense committed
thee errors before handing the Matadors a run in the
bottom of the 1st.
El Capitan (20-5, 5-0 GVL) finished with 14 hits.
We have been swinging the bat better in the last
three weeks, Vickery said. The biggest difference
in our approach is we have been far more aggressive
than we were early in the season.
SANTANA 27, EL CAJON VALLEY 0 A dozen
Sultans contributed to Santanas 21-hit attack
in Saturdays (Apr. 28) Grossmont Valley League
blowout of the visiting El Cajon Valley Braves.
It was a bonanza day for Santana junior JOSH ASHWILL,
who pitched three shutout innings and went 3-for-4 with
two doubles, 4 RBI and three runs scored for the Sultans
(5-12-1, 1-3 GVL).
DARREN DIAZ accounted for eight runs 4 RBI and
4 scored by going 3-for-4 with a double for Santana.
TYLER WEISS and COCO STUTZ added three hits apiece
while driving in a combined five RBI. TOMMY LOGAN chipped
in with two hits and three RBI.
Its nice to get everybody into the game
and have them all contribute, said Santana assistant
coach JEFF BARRY.
I played three years of high school baseball,
winter ball, summer ball, any kind of ball you
can think of and coached for 10 years and never
been part of a team that has beaten them,
said West Hills skipper JASON FOWLER.
With the Hillers in the midst of a 9-gaming losing
streak opponents are licking their chops to take
down one of the perennial powerhouses of Grossmont
Hills League, and visiting West Hills smelled
fresh blood. On Friday (Apr. 27) the Wolf Pack
came out Howell'ing behind the left arm of CAMERON
HOWELL and took a ride on their southpaw's back
for a 5-1 victory.
I felt like I was really pounding the zone
with my fastball today, the senior said.
I also had my slider working pretty good.
When I fell behind in the count I got my curve
ball over for strikes.
It took Grossmont 6 2/3 innings to finally break
their 14 innings scoreless streak on Howell's
last pitch which resulted in a bases-loaded walk,
but other than that he was lights out, scattering
four hits to collect his second victory of the
TY SOTELO had a pair of hits, including the only
extra-base hit of the game on a double and STEWART
FORRESTER went 3-for-4 at the plate for the Pack
thanks to a new approach.
I have to remember to clear my head and
just look for my pitch, described Forrester.
I had to be aggressive and was driving their
fastballs up the middle, but Cameron threw an
absolute gem today.
Grossmonts ERIC ECKLEY was the hard luck
loser giving up four runs over five innings on
6 hits, while striking out four, but all five
tallies the Pack plated were of the unearned variety.
Even with the help though it would've taken a
lot more offense to beat Howell on this day because
this one meant a little more than usual for the
We have never beaten Grossmont since we
became a school so it's pretty special to finally
win one against them, Howell said. The
main thing for us though is whenever we win a
game we have to keep our composure and that same
intensity in the next one to string more together.
Not surprisingly, the pitchers dominated, much like
they do when the major leaguers frequent the venue.
JUWAN McCRAY blanked the Monarchs (9-10, 4-1 GVL) on
three hits through the first six innings of Mount Miguels
Grossmont Valley League 3-2 victory over Monte Vista.
The 6-foot-2 senior right-hander seemed to tire in
the 7th inning as he issued back-to-back walks to ALAN
HERNANDEZ and ANDREW POIRIER to start the final frame.
He then slipped a third strike past JOHN BALAJADIA and
then walked the bases loaded when he issued a pass to
I thought about making a pitching move then but
Juwun is our ace pitcher and I decided to let him face
Monte Vitstas toughest hitter (PAUL OCONNOR),
said Matadors coach JASON BABINEAU.
OConnor, Monte Vistas MVP in the game,
won this duel as he drilled a double into the left center
field gap, scoring two runs to cut Mount Miguel s
advantage to 3-2.
After that Babineau brought in reliever BRAD MORENO,
who immediately issued an intentional walk to RICHIE
BALAJADIA to reload the bases.
After falling behind in the count 3-1 to LUIS LEBRON,
Moreno came back with back-to-back strikes for the second
out. Moreno then retired TOMMY POIRIER on a pop fly
to first base to earn the save for the Matadors (11-6-1,
Moreno was a double threat for Mount Miguel as he accounted
for three of the Matadors five hits. Moreno supplied
the biggest hit in the game when the Matadors scored
all of their runs in the 5th inning as he tripled to
left-center to drive in JACOB CASTILLO (error) and JOHNNY
WRIGHT (bunt single).
Moreno eventually scored on a passed ball, which proved
to be the difference in the game.
McCray and Moreno were tabbed co-MVPs for Mount Miguel.
This is a great victory for Mount Miguel High
School in general, not just the baseball team,
Babineau said. After we lost to Monte Vista 19-2
on Tuesday I was proud that we didnt hang our
heads and we came back strong. I could see it in their
eyes just watching our boys and the excitement
they were exuding, I could tell we had a really got
shot at winning this game.
OConnor was 3-for-4 for Monte Vista and also
pitched one-hit relief over the final 2 2/3 innings.
This was a great experience, not just for the
boys but for myself as well, said Monte Vista
coach CHAD WILLIAMS.
Probably one of the biggest plays for the Monarchs
wont show up in the boxscore. It came in the top
of the 6th inning with the Matadors leading 3-0 and
a runner at first base with one out. Castillo singled
to right and Monarchs right-fielder REILLY DIAZ
took it on one hop and unleashed a perfect throw to
nail FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ attempting to go from first
That was a major league throw no doubt
about it, said Williams.
It was that kind of game.
GRANITE HILLS 4, VALHALLA 3 When they
pass out the Unsung Hero award at Granite Hills
post-season banquet, junior pitcher-infielder SEAN WALKER
would have to be considered for that honor, if not more.
The 6-foot-2 right-hander pitched five innings of 3-hit
shutout relief while striking out five to earn his third
win against two losses for the Eagles in Fridays
(Apr. 27) Grossmont Hills League encounter.
Walker just did an outstanding job for us,
said Granite Hills coach JAMES DAVIS. Hes
not overpowering but hes been really steady for
Granite Hills (12-8, 5-1 GHL) snapped a 3-3 tie in
the bottom of the 3rd inning. CHARLIE ST. CLAIR singled,
stole second and stole third. He scored on a sacrifice
fly by JORDAN VERDON.
Granite Hills took a 2-0 lead in the 1st inning on
RBI singles by St. Clair and Walker.
Valhalla tied it in the top of the 2nd without benefit
of a hit.
Two-out singles by ROBERT BOSTEDT, DANIEL STARWALT
and JOSH ROSE put the Eagles back in front 3-2.
Once again, Valhalla (8-13, 1-5 GHL) counter-punched
on a single by RAMSEY ROMANO and a double by AUSTIN
HENSLEY. Romano accounted for half of Valhalla s
EL CAPITAN 13, EL CAJON VALLEY 0 After
breezing through the Grossmont Valley League unscathed
last year, El Capitan is trying to make another go at
the same feat to put a ribbon on head coach STEVE VICKERY's
historic career as their mentor.
When they took the field Friday (Apr. 27) against visiting
El Cajon Valley they were on the cusp of another 20-win
season and thanks to ten different Vaqueros (20-5, 5-0
GVL) registering hits they didn't disappoint their long-time
skipper as they rocked the Braves 13-0.
CURREN FACER blasted a two-run homer in the 4th and
TROY CONYERS went 2-for-2 with three runs scored and
a pair of RBI, but also mixed in a stolen base to his
We started out real slow, Vickery said.
I wanted to get the wheels spinning and try to
create something for us and luckily for me it worked.
CHUCK MOORMAN registered a triple and MATT DE ROSIER
and SHANE COLEMAN also chipped into the Vaqueros attack
FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN df. OCEAN VIEW CHRISTIAN by
forfeit Citrus West League forfeit win. Field
was too wet to play and the decision was made by Ocean
View Christian not to reschedule.
Our problem is us, not the team we are playing,
said Mitchell after watching the Patriots suffer a 6-5
non-league loss to the visiting White Tigers of Escondido
Charter. We were awful. We thought because we
were playing a team most of these kids never heard of
all we had to do is show up.
Christian (11-10) outhit Escondido Charter (9-10) by
an 11-5 count. But sloppy defense allowed the White
Tigers to push across five unearned runs.
Like I told our kids, we are not good enough
to take anybody lightly, Mitchell said.
I know Ive talked about this before, about
how young a team we are. But thats getting old.
Weve played enough games now that its time
for us to step up and play like varsity ballplayers.
Its time for us to get better because if we dont
well be an embarrassment in the (Division V) playoffs.
Christian overcame a 4-0 deficit, taking the lead with
four runs in the 4th inning. KYLE HARRIS, who was 2-for-3,
slashed a 2-run triple to give the Patriots a 4-3 edge.
He scored on a single by A.J. GREGOROVIC.
Harris also doubled and scored in the 3rd inning and
accounted for two of Christians six stolen bases.
After that the Christian offense went dormant.
STEPHEN JOHNSTON, who pitched two shutout innings in
relief, was 2-for-4 with a pair of stolen bases.
VISTA-CALVARY CHRISTIAN 7, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 0
DEREK BROWNs single with one out in
the 6th inning of Wednesdays (Apr. 25) Citrus
West League game denied Vista-Calvary Christians
Isaac Conover a no-hitter at Sportsplex Santee.
Conover, a 6-foot-4 senior, survived early wildness
by changing his approach by making the breaking ball
his primary pitch instead of the fastball.
It was a successful conversion as Conover struck out
The biggest difference in this game was defense
especially in the outfield, said Foothills
Christian coach DAVE LEWIS. They made plays and
we didnt. It seems like they caught everything
Sam Sheehan drove in three runs with three hits for
the Lions (16-4, 3-0 CWL).
Knights pitchers ZACH TOMLIN and ERIC CANNON were victimized
by four unearned runs.
Eastern leading Patrick Henry survives Christian rally
The bottom line though, is Patrick Henrys Alberto
Bulcao drew a two-out walk in the bottom of the 9th
with the bases loaded to give Henry a 5-4 victory.
Bulcao pitched the final three innings for first-place
Henry (14-6, 6-0 EL) to record his county-leading 7th
win in nine decisions.
Christian sent the game into extra innings on KYLE
HARRIS solo home run with two outs in the 7th
inning that tied the game 4-4.
The comeback by Christian (11-9, 1-4 EL) began in the
A.J. GREGOROVIC doubled to left center field. Back-to-back
walks to MICHAEL KAUFMAN and TYLER LESLIE loaded the
bases. JOE ROSS then hit into a fielders choice,
allowing Gregorovic to score. SAM GUERRA then ripped
a single up the middle to score Kaufman, shaving Henrys
lead to 4-3.
Five errors undermined solid pitching by Kaufman and
Harris, who allowed only two earned runs. Kaufman struck
out seven in his 8-inning start.
We actually never had a 1-2-3 inning,
said Christian coach MIKE MITCHELL.
We just couldnt get any hits with guys
on base. We can get them on but we cant get them
Picked to finish last in the East County Sports.com
preseason predictions, the Cougars have suddenly fused
together a six-game winning streak, including a convincing
12-1 romp over visiting Grossmont. The Cougars (11-6,
4-0 GHL) stand alone atop the league, while the Foothillers
(8-10, 0-3 GHL), who have lost eight in a row, tumbled
into fifth place.
Leadoff man TANNER PERRY, one of four sophomore starters
for coach TODD SNYDERs squad, went 4-for-4 with
three runs and two RBI.
He must be leading the county in batting,
Perry carries a .571 average (20-for-35 with five
extra-base hits, 13 runs and a dozen RBI.
Being picked to finish last really upset us at
first, Perry recalled. Its a motivation
Its bulletin board material for sure,
Perry ignited Steele Canyons 1st inning two-run
rally with a lead off single.
I like batting leadoff, because you see more
fastballs, the Steele Canyon shortstop said. It
is a lot different than when I batted third at Christian
Perry said he is a line-drive hitter with power.
Ive tried to be more aggressive early in
the count lately, he said. Its paid
Steele Canyon pounded out 15 hits, including MICHAEL
RANDELs RBI double in the 1st and two-run triple
in the 5th.
Right-fielder MACKEY BOWERS another of Steele
Canyons star sophomores drove in two runs
with a pair of hits and classmate BERNARDO ARIPEZ was
2-for-4 with 3 RBI.
Aripez has the best hands Ive ever seen,
Snyder said of his second baseman.
FRANK CALIFANO and T.J. CARLYON combined to shut the
Foothillers down on six hits. Califano struck out five
and got his 3rd win in four decisions.
Ive probably had better teams and better
players, but I really like this team, Snyder said.
Top to bottom, everybody wants to be out there,
and that makes it pleasant for everybody.
Grossmont avoided the shutout in the 6th inning as
NICK ROCHESTER doubled and scored on a single by TRENT
HELIX 10, GRANITE HILLS 5 Its hard
to believe that a senior standout the caliber of Helixs
KACY SMITH is without an athletic scholarship offer.
Oh sure, a handful of regional schools have approached
Smith but nothing has come of it.
Nobodys making any concrete offers
theyre just feelers, said Helix coach COLE
Kacy is the best baseball player in San Diego
County with no place to go, Holland added. Somebody
has to have a scholarship for this kid, who has a 3.95
gpa to boot. I dont know what theyre looking
at but people are just missing out.
Smith was 2-for-4 with his 3rd home run of the season
and 3 RBI as the Highlanders (12-5, 3-0 GHL) knocked
visiting Granite Hills (10-8, 3-1 GHL) out of a share
of the Grossmont Hills League lead Saturday (Apr. 21)
in La Mesa.
The 5-foot-10, 180-pound Smith who was an All-County
performer in football as well as baseball, might be
getting overlooked because of his size.
Thats lack of judgment and shows signs of college
recruiters not spending enough time scouting this guy,
who has hit three home runs this season two of
them across the street at Helix. One of the balls was
believed to travel more than 450 feet with todays
The Highlanders snapped a 1-1 tie in the 3rd inning.
DIEGO REYNOSO led off with a home run and AUSTIN HOPWOOD
laced a two-out double to make it 3-1.
For some reason we were playing old fashioned
baseball today, noted Holland of the game which
featured five home runs.
JOSH ROSE whacked his 5th home run of the season for
Granite Hills with nobody aboard in the 5th inning to
cut the Helix lead to 4-2. After winning pitcher ROMELLO
CARBUCCIA doubled in a run for the Highlanders in the
5th, Smith launched his 3-run shot into the street to
all but decide the issue.
To sum it up for Kacy, hes a winner,
Holland said. Hes been so for three years.
Helix roughed up the Eagles ace DANIEL STARWALT for
six earned runs and seven hits in four-plus innings.
On the bright side for the Eagles TRENTON BROOKS blasted
a 3-run homer in the 7th inning.
WEST HILLS 10, VALHALLA 1 BRANDON DELANEY
checked visiting Valhalla on a complete game 6-hitter
as the Wolf Pack snapped a 4-game losing streak in Saturdays
(Apr. 21) Grossmont Hills League action in Santee.
Delaney rolled his record to 5-2 while charting his
3rd complete game.
Nothing comes easy in this league, said
West Hills coach JASON FOWLER. Delaney had a couple
of sketchy outings but its good to see him get
back on track.
West Hills (9-9, 1-3 GHL) actually had to come from
behind against the Norsemen (7-12, 0-4 GHL).
Valhalla took the lead without benefit of a hit as
CONNOR HOPKINS was hit by a pitch and eventually scored
on a sacrifice fly by AUSTIN HENSLEY.
That inning could have been a whole lot if it
wasnt for a couple of great plays by my centerfielder
DJ LEWIS, said Fowler. He made a diving
catch in the gap that would have been a double and an
RBI for sure, and then went back to about five feet
in front of the left-center field fence to make an over-the-shoulder
The Wolf Pack made a counterpunch in the bottom of
the 1st with three runs. FRANK MELLO led off with a
single and HAYDEN SCHILLING walked. MICHAEL CARLIN flied
deep to right field, allowing Mello to advance to third
where he eventually scored on a wild pitch.
STEWART FORRESTER doubled and TY SOTELO reached base
on an infield error. That set the stage for GARRETT
SCHILLINGs 2-run double to right-center field.
The Pack piled on four more runs in the 2nd inning.
Lewis walked and Mello singled, and Hayden Schilling
picked up his third RBI of the night with a basehit.
Carlin and Forrester hit back-to-back triples with Carlin
notching 2 RBI and Forrester one.
West Hills added two runs in the 3rd on RBI by Carlin
and Sotelo. The final Wolf Pack tally came in the 4th
on a groundout by Hayden Schilling, giving him a total
of 4 RBI for the night.
EL CAPITAN 6, SANTANA 1 Even after KYLE
GASNERs RBI single staked visiting Santana to
a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning, few in the audience of
Saturdays (Apr. 21) Grossmont Valley League game
believed that an upset was in the offing.
However, the Sultans ZACH COOK made that one
run stand up for three innings before the Vaqueros capitalized
on a Santana wild streak to score four times in the
TROY CONYERS was hit by a pitch and advanced to third
on CURREN FACERs double. That was the only hit
in the inning. The Sultans served up two more walks,
hit two more batters and allowed a sacrifice fly to
Even though we were 1-for-10 with runners in
scoring position, we did a good job of taking advantage
of their mistakes, said El Capitan coach STEVE
Senior right-hander KEVIN GINKEL limited the Sultans
to seven hits while striking out 10 and recording his
3rd complete game and 5th victory in seven decisions.
Ginkel finished strong, striking out seven of
the last nine batters he faced, Vickery said.
JOSH ASHWILL, who had been sick all week, was 3-for-3
for the Sultans and allowed one hit and one run while
striking out three in 2 2/3 innings.
MONTE VISTA 26, EL CAJON VALLEY 4 (5 inn.)
Junior GEORGE DENNY was a double threat in leading visiting
Monte Vista into first place in the Grossmont Valley
League Saturday (Apr. 21) by walloping El Cajon Valley.
As a batter Denny was 3-for-5 with a double, 5 RBI
and two runs scored. On the mound he struck out nine
and allowed only three hits over 3 2/3 innings.
Denny did a good job throwing, had a solid strikes-to-balls
ratio, said Monarchs coach CHAD WILLIAMS.
Junior KYLE BEDSOLE followed in Dennys footsteps
by spinning 1 1/3 innings of shutout relief. He was
also 3-for-6 with 5 RBI, a double and two runs scored.
Steady PAUL OCONNOR was 2-for-3 with 4 RBI and
four runs scored for the Monarchs (8-9, 3-0 GVL).
DEVIN PICKETT, a junior second baseman, chipped in
with three hits and four runs scored for the Monarchs.
The Monarchs are riding a 5-game winning streak.
El Cajon Valley scored runs on a double by ABRAHAM
GARCIA and singles by CARLOS MEJIA and BRANDON RUMLEY.
Patrick Henry shortstop Aaron
hard-charges the ball and fires to first base
in time for the out. The Christian High
baserunner at second is Nick Jarvis (10) (Photos by Nathan Price, top,
and Frank Price, youaytplay.com)
Foothills Christian gains share
of Citrus West League lead
The Knights (11-5, 2-0) are now deadlocked with Vista-Calvary
Christian. Those two teams will collide on Wednesday (Apr.
25), also at Sportsplex USA.
Foothills ran wild stealing nine bases while knocking
out 9 hits in recording its fourth win in succession.
DANIEL LUCKETT swiped two bases and drove in a pair of
runs with a two hits and a sacrifice fly.
TREVOR TINNEY turned in another strong game, scattering
six hits while striking out 9 in 6 2/3 innings on the
mound. ERIC CANNON notched the final out.
Tinney also was 3-for-4 in the Foothills leadoff spot.
Two of his hits were triples. He also drove in two runs
and scored once.
Tinney did everything but carry my luggage,
Foothills coach DAVE LEWIS said.
Basically, we pitched well, hit the ball well and
we made no errors. Cant do much better than that.
PATRICK HENRY 10, CHRISTIAN 4 Visiting Patrick
Henry scored eight runs in the 5th inning of Fridays
(Apr. 20) Eastern League ballgame at Christian and continued
on to pummel the Patriots.
Four of the runs allowed by the Patriots' two pitchers
Christian (11-8, 2-3 EL) staged a belated comeback with
three runs in the 6th. TYLER LESLIE slugged a solo home
run his second in two games into the swimming
pool beyond the left field fence.
Henry (12-6, 5-0 EL) took a 2-1 edge on David Hensleys
double in the 3rd inning.
When they met up with Grossmont on Thursday (Apr
19) afternoon, spotting them 3 runs out of the
gates wasn't exactly what they had in mind. However,
thanks to solid pitching and a couple of big innings,
the Eagles secured an 8-3 win, handing the Foothillers
their second defeat over 3-day span.
Junior SEAN WALKER took the mound facing a 3-1
deficit and held the Grossmont offense in check,
scattering only 4 hits in the final five innings
of play without allowing a run, keeping the Eagles
undefeated in the GHL.
He's been solid all year long, Eagles
catcher CHARLIE ST. CLAIR said. He proved
it again with another solid performance today.
Also plating the first Eagles' run on a CODIE
SIMMONS double, Walker admittedly wasn't completely
on top of his game on the mound.
I really didn't feel like I had my best
stuff today, he said as he ended the day
scoring twice. I just knew I had to get
the job done.
Trailing 3-1 and thanks to an error, the Eagles
would score four unearned runs in the 4th inning
and added three more in the sixth just for good
The biggest threat for Grossmont came in the
6th inning when they had runners on first and
third with no outs. A bunt attempt was missed
and St. Clair rifled a shot back to third base
to pick off the runner and Walker induced a double
play on the next pitch to nip all the Hillers'
momentum in the bud in a matter of seconds.
I knew they put that pinch runner in because
he can fly on the bases, admitted St. Clair.
I just gave it a shot after the missed bunt
Codie (Simmons) put a good tag on the runner to
NOAH CUMMINGS went 2-for-3 with 2 RBI singles
and two runs scored. St. Clair, DANIEL STARWALT
and sophomore ROBERT BOSTEDT also doubled for
Grossmont did all of its scoring against Granite
Hills starter DOUG BRANNVALL in the first two
innings. Brannvall felt a twinge in his arm and
had to leave the game after the 2nd inning and
Walker took over after that.
Driving in runs for the Foothillers were NOAH
BUCHANAN, ALEX CONNOR and NICK ROCHESTER.
MACKEY BOWERS drove in three runs, including two on
a single in the 4th inning that helped stake Steele
Canyon (10-6) to a 6-0 lead in the 4th.
FRANK CALIFANO, known more for his pitching and a superb
pickoff move, was 2-for-2 with a pair of RBI for the
Steele Canyons GARRETT GANDOLFO slugged a solo
homer in the 5th.
AMEER HINDI picked up his second pitching win in four
decisions by checking West Hills on 5 hits and one run
in five innings. JON HAROLD picked up the pace with
two shutout innings and three strikeouts.
To be 3-0 at this point is all I can ask,
Steele Canyon coach TODD SNYDER said. Ameer got
behind too much in the early going, but always seemed
to get out of trouble by making a key pitch. Hell
battle out there and give us a chance to win. We had
to take him out because of a high pitch count.
West Hills leadoff man FRANK MELLO was 3-for-4, including
a 5th inning RBI.
HAYDEN SCHILLING added two hits to the 8-hit attack
for the Wolf Pack (8-9, 0-3 GHL).
HELIX 5, VALHALLA 3 MARK YOUNG and FRANKIE
NUNEZ combined to pitch a 4-hitter as the Highlanders
dusted off visiting Valhalla in Thursdays (Apr.
19) Grossmont Hills League contest.
Young worked the first five innings for Helix, allowing
four hits and only two earned runs as he ran his record
Nunez proved two innings of hitless relief to earn
his first save for the Highlanders (11-5, 2-0 GHL).
A 2-run single by AUSTIN HOPWOOD in the 3rd inning
gave Helix a 5-0 lead. Hopwood finished with 3 RBI as
the Highlanders won their third straight game.
I thought Mark Young did a great job through
the first four innings, said Helix coach COLE
HOLLAND. He got in a little trouble but then Frankie
Nunez came in and did a great job coming out of the
pen. He turned up a double play.
EL CAPITAN 16, SANTANA 0 Senior JAVIER
GONZALEZ was the ideal leadoff man for El Capitan as
the Vaqueros mowed down visiting Santana in Thursdays
(Apr. 19) Grossmont Valley League encounter.
The Vaqueros middle infielder was 5-for-5 with
a double, a triple, three runs scored and 5 RBI.
He had a day, El Capitan coach STEVE VICKERY
As a team, El Capitan (16-5, 1-0 GVL) rifled out 19
hits, including a 3-for-4 effort with four RBI by SPENCER
MATT De ROSIER, who has made his biggest impact out
of the bullpen, was 3-for-4 with three runs and an RBI
for El Capitan.
CURREN FACER ripped a two-run double to give El Capitan
a 1st inning lead it would not lose. It was the first
of two doubles he produced.
Our guys were aggressive at the plate 1-through-9,
TOMMY LOGAN was the closest thing Santana (4-11-1,
0-2 GVL) had to offense as he went 3-for-3 in the Sultans
MONTE VISTA 23, EL CAJON VALLEY 0 All
17 Monarchs who came to the plate contributed to the
scoring in Thursdays (Apr. 19) Grossmont Valley
League blowout over the Braves.
MYCHAL LOPEZ was 4-for-5 with two runs and a pair of
RBI for the Monarchs (7-9, 2-0 GVL), who have won their
Monte Vista received a further boost as PAUL OCONNOR
and KYLE BEDSOLE each drove in three runs.
RILEY DIAZ made a rare start for Monte Vista, surrendering
only three hits and striking out 9 during a 4-inning
stint in the game that ended after 4 ½ innings.
The Monarchs put together a pair of 9-run innings in
the 1st and 4th frames.
The Matadors (10-5-1, 2-0) took the early lead by a
10-0 count after three innings.
JUWUN McCRAY slashed a two-run single in the 2nd inning
to make it 7-0. JOSE ORTEGA ripped a pair of singles
and drove in a run in Mount Miguel s 4-run 6th
inning in a game that was halted after six frames due
to a mercy rule.
McCray drove in three runs and JOHNNY WRIGHT played
a pair for Mount Miguel.
McCray, DOMINIC SAWYER, and FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ blanked
the Braves (1-12, 0-2 GVL) on four hits.
Half of the El Cajon Valley safeties belonged to ELMER
RAMIREZ. ABRAHAM GARCIA and BRANDON RUMLEY each had
a hit as well.
CHRISTIAN 9, MORSE 2 When host Christian
took a 1-0 edge in the 1st inning of Wednesdays
(Apr. 18) Eastern League encounter, Patriots coach MIKE
MITCHELL uttered, I think that has been our first
lead in like a month.
Maybe so, but it was short-lived as the Tigers tied
it in the 2nd frame.
Christian (11-7, 2-2 EL) put together a pair of 4-run
innings in the 4th and 6th frames to turn the game into
TAYLOR LESLIE snapped the 1-1 tie with a solo home
run leading off the 4th. A two-run single by STEPHEN
JOHNSTON capped the big inning, staking Christian to
a 5-1 advantage. Johnston finished with three runs and
Five hits in the 6th innings allowed the Patriots to
break the game open. MICHAEL KAUFMAN, who keyed the
6th with a two-run home run, pitched 6 1/3 innings and
struck out 7 as he posted his 4th win in five decisions.
Kaufman finished 2-for-4 with three RBI.
FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 9, TRI-CITY CHRISTIAN 2
ZACH TOMLIN pitched a complete game 4-hitter with 9
strikeouts as the Knights clobbered Tri-City Christian
in Wednesdays (Apr. 18) non-league contest.
It was Tomlins 4th win in eight decisions.
TREVOR TINNEY speared the Foothills Christian (10-5)
attack with three hits, while batterymate DANIEL LUCKETT
laced a two-run double as the Knights broke the game
open with three runs in the 6th inning.
TCC is rated ahead of us because they beat us
early in the season, coach DAVE LEWIS said. That
is why this was an important win for us.
Tomlin kept us in the game with a great changeup
and keeping the ball low. He is a battler who is going
to take us to the playoffs.
It had been 12 days since the Scotties had taken
the field and Lewis was given the ball in the
Grossmont Hills League opener against Valhalla.
In the San Diego CIF playoffs last season, he
went 2-0 against the Norsemen, compiling 18 K's
with an 1.61 ERA... and he picked right up where
he left off on a rather warm Tuesday (Apr. 17),
leaving the Norsemen bats cold as he tossed a
complete-game 4-hitter for his first victory of
the season, 3-1.
It was his game all the way no matter what
the score is, senior catcher DIEGO REYNOSO
Now in their third and final season together,
Reynoso knows his ace better than anyone.
Everyone knows that when Brandon pitches,
it's very possibly going to be a complete game
just like it was with Reed last year, said
MITCH COOMBS had a solid outing on the mound
for the Norsemen retiring the first 9 batters
he faced and over 5 strong innings he gave up
only two hits, while allowing one unearned run.
He also plated the only run for Valhalla on an
AUSTIN HENSLEY single. RAMSEY ROMANO also went
2-for-3 with a pair of swiped bags.
In the 5th inning with the game knotted at 1-1
Reynoso pulled off a beautiful defensive play
for Helix, when the tying run was on third base
and it seemed like whoever scored next would win
A foul pop went outside the third base line seemingly
destined for the stands and with the Helix bench
yelling Out of play, out of play!
Reynoso stayed with it the whole way. The ball
almost scathed the fencing, which would have made
the play dead, but he hauled it in for the third
out of the inning.
It was definitely a scary play, recalled
Reynoso. But I was more excited about the
catch just for the fact they had the 3-4 hitters
coming up next.
The biggest fan of the play though was Lewis.
With the entire team in excitement he ran off
the mound pumping his fists in sheer awe of the
help he had just gotten.
I was praising him afterwards, Lewis
said. I was about to get down on my knees
and just worship him for it because it was such
a huge play and it came at the perfect time.
RAY PETERSON doubled and scored on a KRAIG FAHRER
RBI single to then give Helix the 2-1 nod in the
sixth and Lewis pitched his way out of a bases
loaded jam to hold the lead.
Reynoso then plated an insurance run driving
in KACY SMITH after a double to lead off the 7th
inning. Smith ended 2-for-4 to raise his senior
year average to .414.
Lewis then closed the game out with a 5-pitch
inning to raise his pitch count to 116 on the
Diegos play was awesome and he also
called a great game behind the plate, Helix
coach COLE HOLLAND said. I can't say I'm
surprised by Brandon though because he's our ace
and that's what No. 1's do.
GARRETT GANDOLFO drove in two runs with a single, double
and home run on 5 RBI as Steele Canyon (9-6, 2-0 GHL)
mowed down host West Hills, 12-5.
TANNER PERRY was 3-for-5 with 4 RBI and two runs scored.
MACKEY BOWERS contributed a double to the winning cause.
CASEY BALIKIAN pitched a shaky 4 1/3 innings to pick
up his 4th straight win without a loss, and FRANK CALIFANO
earned his first save.
For West Hills, STEWART FORRESTER and GARRETT SCHILLING
each had two hits and an RBI and DJ LEWIS drove in a
run. But that would be all the Wolf Pack could muster
on this day.
GRANITE HILLS 8, GROSSMONT 1 Junior TRENTON
BROOKS pitched a 3-hitter as the Eagles smothered host
Grossmont on Tuesday (Apr. 17) in a 7-1 Grossmont Hills
League win over the Foothillers.
JOSH ROSE ripped a three-run home run as the Eagles
scored three runs in a five-run 6th frame that broke
the game open.
While Rose provided the thunder in the Eagles
batting order, JORDAN VERDON slashed a 2-run single
with two outs in the 2nd frame to give the Eagles a
lead they would not lose.
DANIEL STARWALT rifled a solo home run over the right-center
field fence to make it 3-0 Granite Hills in the 3rd.
JAYSON ROSE laced a 2-run double in the 5-run 6th inning
to set up the knockout home run by his brother.
Were starting to play ball and I like our
energy, said Granite Hills coach JAMES DAVIS.
Grossmont avoided the shutout with two outs in the
bottom of the 7th inning on an RBI single by HUNTER
I thought that when we were 8-2 we were going
to be okay, said Grossmont coach JIM EARLEY, who
has since seen his team lose six straight. I cant
remember as a player or a coach when Grossmont
has lost six games in a row.
MONTE VISTA 6, SANTANA 2 As far as Grossmont
Valley League goes, Monte Vista coach CHAD WILLIAMS
is pleased with the Monarchs opening effort on
Tuesday (Apr. 17) against visiting Santana.
Monte Vista s PAUL OCONNOR held the Sultans
hitless through four innings, but five walks cost him
two runs. Yet, OConnor (4-2) came out a winner
thanks to three shutout innings in relief by LUIS LEBRON.
The two Monte Vista pitchers combined for 10 strikeouts.
The Monarchs (6-9, 1-0 GVL) did all their scoring in
the first two innings.
A two-out rally was keyed by RBI singles by Lebron
and CARLOS GUERRERO that, coupled with an error, gave
Monte Vista a 3-2 edge after one inning.
Monte Vista put the game on ice an inning later as
OConnor banged an RBI single, RICHIE BALAJADIA
hit his second double to drive in a run and a run-scoring
single by Lebron.
Santana (4-10-1, 0-1) took a 2-0 edge in the 1st inning
on a pair of unearned runs.
Credit Santana reliever ZACH COOK for blanking the
Monarchs on one hit over the final four innings.
MOUNT MIGUEL 23, EL CAJON VALLEY 3 In
the first outing of what figures to be an ugly round
of Grossmont Valley League play, host Mount Miguel buried
the Braves with a 23-hit attack on Tuesday (Apr. 17)
in Spring Valley.
A 10-run 3rd inning made sure that the Matadors (9-5-1,
1-0 GVL) would have no difficulty capturing their league
JUWUN McCRAY was 5-for-5 with a pair of RBI and three
runs and two stolen bases for the Matadors.
Mount Miguel mashed out 23 hits, including three apiece
by JOHNNY WRIGHT, DOMINIC SAWYER and FRANCO LUNA as
LUIS AMEZQUITA drove in three runs for El Cajon Valley
(1-11, 0-1 GVL). ELMER RAMIREZ had two hits and CARLOS
MEJIA accounted for another. LARRY DENNISON had a stolen
base for the Braves.
We just cant buy a clutch hit, the
Patriots coach said. We hit the hard all day.
But if they dont fall in, they dont count.
No. 8 ranked St. Augustine (16-4, 2-0 EL) claimed its
second straight Eastern League win over the Patriots,
7-0, Monday (Apr. 16 ) at Hickman Field. The Patriots
(10-7, 1-2) have been outscored 31-2 over their four
A few Cougars players showed up at 8:30 in the morning,
but the vast majority came around 10 to work on their
field in hopes of giving them a chance to play at least
one game of a scheduled Grossmont Hills League opening
double-header on an overcast and blustery afternoon.
When the intermittent showers resumed the players retreated
to the dugout to wait it out and some even took naps.
Parents delivered food to the team during their 7-hour
stint of field preparation, but once the Cougars were
finally granted the opportunity they packed the last
punch of the day, nipping the Norsemen, 5-4 in eight
I've been out here since 9 o'clock and we got
one break for lunch, said senior AMEER HINDI.
Just to get this game in was a challenge, knowing
how important it was for us to win. I think we are all
completely drained right now.
MICHAEL RANDEL plated COLE FLINT on a two-out single
in the Cougars 1st inning, but the Norsemen fired back
sparked by JORDAN QSARs triple in the 3rd. ANTHONY
MANUPELLA, CONNOR HOPKINS and RAMSEY ROMANO all drove
in runs to take a 3-1 lead.
FRANK CALIFANO, MACKEY BOWERS and Hindi singled to
start off the Cougars 4th and TANNER PERRY tripled just
below the 375 mark in left-center field to put Steele
Canyon back in front 4-3.
Hindi then shut the Norsemen down striking out 6 in
three innings on the mound.
The game was knotted when Hopkins doubled to right
in the 7th on a lazy fly ball that sent the game into
extra innings in what was already an extraordinarily
long day for the Cougars.
Steele Canyons TAYLOR VUKOTICH singled and Bowers
doubled to leave NATHAN MURRAY a chance, even though
he had been struggling recently.
With both the infield and outfield drawn in Murray
smashed an opposite field drive over the outfielders'
heads to claim the victory.
Coach had the confidence to put me in and I just
knew I had to put the ball into play, said Murray.
It just felt great to come through for all my
teammates. Especially against our rivals in the league
He has almost too quick of hands. He's too anxious
and wants to just fly open, coach TODD SNYDER
said. So I was glad to see he finally waited on
one and we can all go home with smiles on our face.
GRANITE HILLS 14, WEST HILLS 2 It was
all about Granite Hills senior DANIEL STARWALT who was
a double-threat in Saturdays (Apr. 14) rain-soaked
Grossmont Hills League season opener against visiting
Starwalt was a complete menace as he went 4-for-4 with
two runs and pitched five innings to post his third
win in five decisions.
It was a full house for Granite Hills as 21 Eagles
I dont know if Ive ever played that
many kids in a game before, said Eagles coach
The Eagles pounded out 20 hits, including a 3-for-4
effort by JOSH ROSE, who scored three and drove in three
with a double and his third home run of the season.
After taking a 4-1 lead in the first frame Granite
Hills (8-7) scored in all six of its turns at bat to
turn the game into a rout.
Twelve Eagles contributed to the Granite Hills offense.
CHARLIE ST. CLAIR, who is coming off a broken wrist,
was 2-for-3 with two runs and a pair of RBI.
Defensively the Eagles turned four double plays.
West Hills avoided the shutout in the opening frame
as STEWART FORRESTER hit into a forced play to score
Mello also scored in the 5th inning on a double by
EL CAPITAN 4, LA JOLLA COUNTRY DAY 3; LA JOLLA COUNTRY
DAY 1, EL CAPITAN 0 El Capitan continued
to struggle offensively in Saturdays (Apr. 14)
non-league doubleheader at La Jolla Country Day. But
the Vaqueros pitching continued to sparkle as
they held the Torreys to four hits in two games, which
was good enough to give the Lakesiders a split.
I know La Jolla Country Day is a small school
but theyre a fine ballclub, said El Capitan
coach STEVE VICKERY. They have five or six really
good players and a leader (John Edman) that knows how
to coach so they are definitely a challenge. Id
be stunned if theyre not in the SDCIF Division
IV championship game.
In the opening game the Vaqueros erased a 1-0 deficit
in the 5th frame. CODY REILLY singled, advanced to second
on a sacrifice bunt by JAVIER GONZALEZ. Walks to ERIC
LOZANO and CHUCK MOORMAN loaded the bases. TROY CONYERS
laced a single to center to tie the game 1-1.
CURREN FACER then ripped a 2-run single to give El
Capitan a lead it would not lose.
In the 6th inning with two outs Gonzalez got a base
hit to right, Lozano singled and the Torreys made a
two-base throwing error, allowing Gonzalez to score
which would extend the Vaqueros lead to 4-1.
LJCD scored two unearned runs in the bottom of the
6th before El Capitans MATT DE ROSIER pitched
1 2/3 hitless innings to earn his 4th save of the season.
KEVIN GINKEL pitched 5 1/3 innings, allowing only one
earned run while striking out seven to post his 4th
win in six decisions.
The second game could have been played in a library
as the Torreys won 1-0. Tommy Edman was hit by a pitch
and proceeded to steal second, then third. While Edman
was running wild on the bases, Alfonso Rivas got caught
in a rundown between first and second.
Before the Vaqueros could tag out Rivas, Edman scored
the only run of the game.
The hardluck loser for the Vaqueros was SHANE COLEMAN
(4-1), who allowed only one hit in a complete game performance.
Dustin Hughes spoiled Colemans gem bid as he
accounted for three of the Torreys four hits.
We were pitiful hitting with runners on base,
said Vickery. In the two games we were 2-for-16
with runners in scoring position. What made it even
more frustrating was seven times we had a runner on
third base with less than one out and couldnt
get him in.
Foothills Christian's Trevor
Tinney (right) with one
of his East County record-tieing six stolen bases
in Saturday's 10-1 triumph at Calvin Christian.. (Photo by Chuck Post)
County Record Book
Most Stolen Bases, Single Game
Frank Carey, Granite Hills
Larry Sims, Helix
Robert Cannon, Mount Miguel
Duret Gray, Christian
Trevor Tinney, Foothills Chr.
Monte Vista, 1983
Monte Vista, 1984
Calvin Chr., 2012
FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 10, CALVIN CHRISTIAN 1
Two of the unknown standouts in East County are Foothills
Christian High juniors TREVOR TINNEY and ZACH TOMLIN.
Tinney was 2-for-4 with an East County-record tying six
stolen bases as the Knights (9-5) steamrollered host Calvin
Christian in Saturdays (Apr. 14) non-league contest
Tinneys burglary report ties him with Granite
Hills' FRANK CAREY, Helix LARRY SIMMS, Mount Miguels
ROBERT CANNON, and Christians DURET GRAY.
Talk about a fast crowd!
Tinney also pitched three hitless innings of relief
and struck out 7 to earn his first save.
Tomlin, meanwhile, allowed one hit and no earned runs
in 4 innings as he posted his third win.
DANIEL LUCKETT led the Foothills Christian offensive
charge with a double and a single to drive in three
Vaqueros head coach Steve Vickery
second place on the CIF-San Diego Section career
victory list after gaining his 630th win Thursday. (File photo by Frank Price)
I think I have a pinched nerve in my back,
Those who attended last weeks Lions Tournament
Classic Division championship game against Cathedral
Catholic at Point Loma Nazarene University recall Vickery
dodging a line-drive off the bat of Vaqueros catcher
CHUCK MOORMAN. It brought back memories of former Los
Angeles Dodgers skipper Tommy Lasorda avoiding a broken
bat in the 2001 All-Star Game while he was coaching
In both cases, the coaches were knocked flat on their
Thats what a lot of people say caused it,
Vickery said ruefully. I dont know about
that except it hurts.
For one of the few times in his 33-year career Vickery
sat in a chair instead of coaching third in El Capitans
9-2 romp over Point Loma.
Given his physical condition Vickery could have easily
taken a sick day. But thats not his style, especially
not on this particular afternoon. The victory for the
Vaqueros (14-4) was number 630 in Vickerys coaching
career, which vaulted him into 2nd place ahead of Mission
Bays Dennis Pugh, who totaled 629 before he moved
on to coach at Cal State San Marcos.
Vickery trails only Rancho Bernardos Sammy Blalock
who has 794 San Diego CIF victories.
Posting more victories against a coach the caliber
of Dennis Pugh is real special, Vickery noted.
Coaches who compile this many victories usually
do so because theyve been hanging around a long
time and have surrounded themselves with great players
and great coaches.
Vickery had nothing but praise for Pugh.
He elevated the game of baseball in San Diego
County , Vickery said. He forced you to
get better as a team and get your kids to play better.
El Capitan has certainly followed that prophecy. In
the victory over Point Loma the Vaqueros ace,
TROY CONYERS who is bound for USD, turned in another
overpowering performance with a complete game 4-hitter
and 12 strikeouts. That effort raised his record to
El Capitan's Eric Lozano scored
on a wild pitch. (Photo by Frank Price, youatplay.com)
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Conyers hadnt pitched for 10 days and struggled
a bit in the 1st inning as he surrendered a run on a suicide
squeeze. He also gave up a run in the 3rd inning but finished
strong. He allowed only one single over the last 4 1/3
innings. The 6-foot-5, 229-pound southpaw closed out the
game by striking out the side in the 7th inning.
You know, when the game started, Conyers was
actually too fresh, which caused him to over throw,
said Vickery. He hadnt pitched in 10 days
so it took him a little bit longer to settle in. He
always gives his best and he pitches with so much pride.
He is always so well prepared and thats rubbing
off on our other pitchers.
Conyers was also 2-for-2 with a double, 3 RBI, two
runs and two walks.
This game wasnt about me, it was about
Coach Vickery, Conyers said. Hes a
very humble guy when it comes to stuff on that side
of the fence.
El Capitan broke a 1-1 tie in the bottom of the 1st
on a 2-run single by SPENCER NIELSEN.
The Vaqueros extended their advantage to 4-2 in the
3rd inning on a double by Conyers and a basehit by ADRIAN
El Capitan broke the game open with five runs in the
bottom of the 6th. Not surprisingly, Conyers contributed
a 2-run single. ERIC LOZANO also doubled in a run and
Point Loma mishaps helped add to the rally.
I felt like I only got one good pitch to hit
and that was a fastball up in the zone, said Conyers.
FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 14, OCEAN VIEW CHRISTIAN 5
Foothills Christian pounded out 16 hits, including
an inside-the-park 3-run home run and a triple by ZACH
TOMLIN as the Knights smoked Ocean View Christian in
a Citrus West League game Thursday at Sportsplex USA
Nine Knights contributed to the onslaught.
DEREK BROWN was 3-for-4 with 3 RBI to lead the supporting
cast for the Knights (8-5, 1-0 CWL). Brown also stole
two bases and scored two runs as the only senior on
Making his first varsity start, junior ERIC CANNON
had a no-hitter for four innings and did not allow an
earned run over five frames while striking out 10.
Tomlins inside-the-park home run came during
the six run 6th inning and scored three runs. An inning
earlier he tripled in a run.
We are a freshman-laden team but I cant
wait for next season, said Knights coach DAVE
FRANCIS PARKER 7, CHRISTIAN 1 The Patriots
of Christian High continue to struggle offensively.
In their latest non-league outing on Thursday (Apr.
12) at Alliant University , they produced a mere six
hits two of them doubles by KYLE HARRIS.
Harris first double set-up the tying run which
was driven in on a single by NICK JARVIS in the 4th
The Lancers rolled up back-to-back three-run innings
in the 5th and 6th to put the game out of reach.
When you dont score any runs, you dont
win any games, said Christian coach MIKE MITCHELL.
Games by Innings
in East County history
*Santana (8) vs. El Cajon
Mar Vista (5) vs. El Capitan (4)
Monte Vista (2) vs. Helix (1)
Coronado (9) vs. Santana (13)
Mount Miguel (3) vs. Eastlake (3)
*also the CIF-San Diego Section record.
aGame started 4-25-75
bGame started 5-25-98 (CIF playoffs); won on walk-off
Marathon Matadors Fifth-longest game, by innings,
in East County history ends in tie
Three Mount Miguel pitchers combined to limit Eastlake
to six hits. Star of the trio was JUWUN McCRAY, who
struck out 13 in 10 shutout innings.
McCray was dominating, Matadors coach JASON
BABINEAU said. He was in full command of all his
pitches. He had the will to control every batter he
McCray has pitched 17 consecutive scoreless innings.
BRAD MORENO finished up with two hitless innings and
a pair of strikeouts for Mount Miguel.
For the Matadors (8-5-1) it was a come-from-behind
effort as Eastlake claimed a 3-0 lead after three innings.
Mount Miguel tied matters in the bottom of the 7th on
an RBI single by DOMINIC SAWYER.
It was the second tie in three days for Eastlake (8-6-2),
which tied Santana 8-8 in 8 innings on Tuesday (Apr.
The longest extra-inning game in San Diego CIF history
was an 18-inning battle between Santana and El Cajon
Valley that actually took two days to complete in 1975.
In 1998, Santana knocked off Coronado 13-9 via a walk-off
grand slam in the 15th frame.
Mount Miguel also scored in the 4th inning. DUSTIN
BURKE singled, stole second and advanced to third on
an infield out. He scored on a base hit by FERNANDO
DOMINGUEZ in the 6th inning.
This was a positive game for us, Babineau
said. I think it is going to be an interesting
( Grossmont Valley ) League race.
Santana (4-9-1) sprung a 7th-inning uprising and eventually
settled for an 8-8 tie in a non-league game against
Eastlake (8-6-1) that was halted after eight innings
due to darkness.
Honestly, there are no moral victories just for
playing teams tough, Santana coach TIM BARRY said.
It just doesnt matter unless you beat teams.
None the less, Barry believed that Santanas comeback
against Eastlake was special.
To be the one to ride the emotional high road
heading into the beginning of league (Saturday, Apr.
14) is the big thing, he said.
Barry sent four consecutive pinch-hitters to the plate
to begin the pivotal bottom of the 7th. TIM HUSON led
off with a single on an 0-2 pitch, MATTHEW HUDSON followed
with a walk and CORY CONNER singled to load the bases.
COLTON Coco STUTZ was hit by a pitch to
force in a run.
TYLER WEISS followed with an RBI single. BRIAN ASHWILL
then doubled in three runs and the Sultans still had
nobody out, with the tying run at the plate.
One out later CODY CONNER drew a one-out walk. TOMMY
LOGAN laced what appeared to be a double into the left
field corner, which would have scored both runners and
tied the game.
Were doing all this celebration, were
patting each other on the back because we thought wed
tied the game, said Barry. But the umpire
had called it foul all along. We just didnt see
Eventually Logan walked to load the bases.
Batting for the second time in the inning Huson slashed
a 2-run single to score Ashwill and Cody Conner to tie
I thought we had them right there, Barry
said, because we had runners at first and second
with one out.
But Eastlake s bullpen put the brakes to any
further Santana damage, sending the game into extra
The Titans loaded the bases in the top of the 8th,
but Ashwill put out the fire.
In the bottom of the 8th as the sun was setting
Ashwill drew a two-out walk. He advanced to second
on a wild pitch and to third on a passed ball.
But Eastlake reliever Isaac Vargas got a game-ending
We were 90 feet away from pulling off a significant
victory, Barry said.
I feel comfortable with our defense and we have
a good 1-2 pitching punch with Ashwill and ALAN STRONG.
Strong blanked Eastlake on one hit while striking out
four in 3 1/3 innings of relief.
For us its just a matter of finding enough
hitting, Barry added. Those four guys who
came off the bench in the 7-run 7th are to be commended.
Thats the kind of spark we need.
Just because someone has to be the favorite,
the nod goes to the Helix Highlanders. As
they say, the Highlanders have been there
before as they captured the 2011 San Diego
CIF Division II championship.
All of the other five teams will be on
the Highlanders heels.
Predicted GHL finish:
1.HELIX (9-5): Player of the year
veteran KACY SMITH is the offensive ringleader,
while four-year backstop DIEGO REYNOSO and
a solid pitching staff of ROMELLO CARBUCCIA,
RAY PETERSON, BRANDON LEWIS and MARK YOUNG
ranks among the best. Sophomore corner infielder
GEORGE GARCIA is the leading RBI-man in
2.GRANITE HILLS (7-7): Senior DANIEL
STARWALT is undoubtedly one of the top five
pitchers in the San Diego CIF. He can also
swing the bat with the best. Question is
can he do it alone? DOUG BRANNVALL is also
a double threat as a pitcher and third baseman.
The remainder of the team is youth-laden
including No. 3 starting pitcher TRENTON
BROOKS. The ROSE brothers junior
JOSH and sophomore JAYSON are key
components to the offense.
3.GROSSMONT (8-7): If for no other
reason than tradition, the Foothillers should
be a dark horse contender. DEREK RUSTICH,
who is rated the 21st best high school senior
in the nation by MaxPreps, is batting.432
with seven extra base hits and eight RBI.
Unsung hero BRETT STONE is hitting at a.463
clip with nine RBI. No question, this is
a team that can hit. The jury is out on
whether the Hillers can hit in the clutch.
As far as pitching goes the Hillers have
no stopper, although ALEX CONNOR owns a
4.WEST HILLS (8-6): Theres
nothing flashy about the Wolf Pack but coach
JASON FOWLER has got his kids in overdrive.
STEWART FORRESTER is the slugger in the
Pack lineup with a.422 average, seven doubles
and ten RBI. Not to be overlooked is GARRETT
SCHILLING, who possesses a.394 average.
BRANDON DELANEY (4-1, 1.40 ERA) is the leader
of a surprisingly effective staff that could
take the Pack all the way to the title.
5. VALHALLA (7-8): The Norsemen
won four out of five down the stretch in
the Lions Tournament to capture the Premier
Division crown, the only East County team
to win a championship in that tournament.
First baseman AUSTIN HENSLEY is as good
a hitter as there is in East County , but
he cant carry the load himself. ROBBIE
SCHMIDT, MITCH COOMBS and RAMSEY ROMANO
lead a green pitching staff.
6. STEELE CANYON (7-6): The Cougars
are probably insulted that theyve
been picked to finish in the cellar. Odds
are, they wont. This is a team led
by catcher MICHAEL RANDEL (.488, 16 RBI)
and COLE FLINT (.405, 10 RBI, 8 stolen bases).
No question the Cougars are ready to erupt
at any time if they can get their pitching
in order. Junior CASEY BALIKIAN (3-0, 1.53
ERA) has established himself as the ace
of the staff. Senior left-hander FRANK CALIFANO
(2-1, 2.70 ERA) was the king of the relievers
last year but is counted for more this year.
1. EL CAPITAN (13-4): The Vaqueros
have been ranked No. 1 most of the season
and should have no problem capturing the
GVL championship. TROY CONYERS is a double
threat for the Vaqueros with a 3-1 record,
0.84 ERA, one save and three complete games
while striking out 54 and walking only seven.
At the plate Conyers is batting.320 with
two homers and nine RBI. If the Vaqueros
have a shortcoming its inconsistency,
but everything about them is on the up-swing,
including outfielder CURREN FACER (.345),
infielder JAVIER GONZALAZ (.333) and catcher
CHUCK MOORMAN (.327, 3 home runs, 13 RBI).
Pitching depth is also an El Capitan strength
as MATT DE ROSIER (2-0-3, 1.21 ERA) has
been a surprise nugget.
2. MONTE VISTA (5-9): The kingpin
of the Monarchs attack is PAUL OCONNOR.
A double-threat junior right-hander, OConnor
is 3-2 on the hill with a 1.84 ERA. Hes
also a premium hitter (.386). The Monarchs
keystone combination of the BALAJADIA brothers
shortstop RICHIE and second baseman
JOHN secure the defense.
3. MOUNT MIGUEL (8-5): First year
coach JASON BABINEAU has pumped new life
into the Mount Miguel diamond. The Matadors
have plugged up their defense, energized
their offense and stabilized their pitching
under their new leader. Its been decades
since Mount Miguel has been 8-5 at this
point in the season. Multi-talented JUWUN
McCRAY, pitcher BRAD MORENO, pitcher/catcher
FERNANDO DOMINGUEZ and middle infielder
DOMINIC SAWYER have helped build the Matadors
back into contenders.
4. SANTANA (4-9): Without a doubt
this is a rebuilding year for the Sultans
and first-year coach TIM BARRY. The Sultans
are without big hitters or overpowering
pitchers, which causes them to play catch-up.
5. EL CAJON VALLEY (1-10): First-year
coach TRAVIS UDVARHELYI probably did not
know what he was getting into but the Braves
are clearly over-matched by any team in
East County. If they gain a victory, that
will be a major plus but dont bet
EASTERN LEAGUE Predicted Finish:
1. St. Augustine (13-4): Although coach
Craig da Luz admits he has a young squad,
the Saints have the power to pull out a
2. Scripps Ranch (9-7): A strong showing
by the Falcons in the Lions Tournament cant
3. Mira Mesa (11-4): A new coach and a
handful of returning veterans make the Marauders
a tentative favorite in the Eastern League.
4. Patrick Henry (7-6): This is a youthful
team that will need a lot of luck to overtake
the three teams in front of them.
5. Christian (10-5): Steady STEPHEN
JOHNSTON a double threat will
enable the Patriots to pull off some upsets
but a championship is out of reach.
6. Serra (7-6): The Conquistadors count
on C.J. Burdick on the mound and Patrick
Britt to carry the Q-Dawgs' offense.
7. Morse: The Tigers are green as can be
and have little if any chance to escape
CITRUS WEST LEAGUE Predicted Finish:
1. Vista-Calvary Christian: 2. Foothills Christian
3. Guajome Park
5. Ocean View Christian
Junior PAUL OCONNOR was a double threat for the
Monarchs (5-9). He allowed just four hits, no earned
runs and struck out 8 in five innings. At the plate,
he stroked an RBI single during a four-run 2nd inning
and capped a three-run 5th with a two-run double.
ANDREW POIRIER and MYCHAL LOPEZ added two hits apiece
for the Monarchs, who totaled 12.
GEORGE DENNY pitched two shutout innings in relief
to finish the job for Monte Vista.
The Lions Tournament can be a grind, Williams
said. So I thought our kids looked pretty good
for the first time out (since the tourney).
ST. AUGUSTINE 10, CHRISTIAN 0 Opening
the Eastern League season the day after Spring Break
figured to be a challenge. And it was... for the host
Christian High Patriots.
We looked like a team that had been on vacation
for a week, Patriots coach MIKE MITCHELL said
of Mondays (Apr. 9) contest. We havent
practiced for ages and we have three more games this
STEPHEN JOHNSON and ANDREW GREGOROVIC accounted for
the only two hits for the Patriots (10-5).
I think we finally figured out how to put
it all together 1 through 9, said senior
first baseman AUSTIN HENSLEY after leading the
Norsemens charge to the Premier Division
title on Thursday (Apr. 5).
Valhalla claimed the semifinal victory at Grossmont
College over Temecula-Chaparral, 16-5, in the
morning and then polished off Scripps Ranch, 21-10,
on the same field to hoist the shiny trophy, with
Hensley earning the MVP honors going 6-for-11
in the last day double-header with 4 doubles and
Overall, Hensley batted at a .421 clip (8-for-19)
with six doubles, 6 runs scored and 5 RBI as Valhalla
finished 4-1 in the four-day tournament. The Norsemen
are 7-8 overall.
The 37-run two-game outburst was anything but
expected after the Norsemen had been limited to
3 runs in 13 games per contest (thats
39 runs). That total stretch included 3 shutout
Anytime you get 19 hits in a game (which
Valhalla did in the final against Scripps Ranch)
you have to like your chances, Norsemen
coach MIKE WILSON said.
Eight of those runs against the Falcons (9-8)
came in the 1st inning. KEANTE BALELO, who transferred
from Scripps Ranch after sitting out last season,
slugged a grand slam in Valhalla s big inning.
I think we had seven runs across before
they got an out, Wilson noted. But
I was proud of my boys for staying focused. Everybody
contributed and we never let up.
Balelo finished 3-for-6 with 6 RBI in the Falcons
RAMSEY ROMANO was 8-for-10 in the final day double-header
with three doubles, six runs and 4 RBI for Valhalla.
CONNOR HOPKINS was 3-for-8 with five RBI in Thursdays
sweep. JAMES MARTIN was 5-for-8 with five runs,
while KYLE McBRIDE was 4-for-7 with 5 runs and
2 RBI in the twinbill.
Valhallas JORDAN QSAR was 3-for-5 with
4 runs and 4 RBI in the championship encounter.
To win any division in a tournament as
prestigious as this one says a lot about your
ballclub, Wilson said. This is one
of my happiest days as a baseball coach.
Varsity designated hitter ANTHONY MANUPELLA made
his first pitching performance and junior varsity
hurler MATT MELENESE made his varsity debut for
This was a perfect way to lead us into
(Grossmont Hills) League play, Hensley added.
I know what this team is capable of and
we are finally starting to play like it.
Vaqueros 'blown' away by Dons Vickery remains tied for second
on CIFSDS career victories list
The Vaqueros offense was caged in by the fences
at PLNU as four fly balls appeared to have home run
distance in the battle with the Dons, who came away
with a 4-1 victory.
It would have been sweet to win this one
for a lot of reasons, said Vickery, who, if had
been successful would have passed former Mission Bay
coach Dennis Pugh for the most coaching victories in
San Diego CIF victories.
At the moment Vickery and Pugh are tied at 629 for
the most coaching wins in the San Diego Section.
Dennis told me Youre gonna pass me,
Vickery recalled. I told him If I dont
break your record it will be a bad year for us.
Lets put it this way. Vickery is a sure thing
to be No. 2 behind SDCIF kingpin Sammy Blalock of Rancho
Bernardo, who is about to cross over the 800 win mark.
El Capitan garnered only 4 hits and one earned run
against Cathedral pitcher German Sugiura, who pitched
a complete game after only throwing three frames earlier
in the season.
We hit four balls as hard as they could be hit,
said Vickery. They made it to the warning track
but they didnt go out.
Sugiura agreed that those balls could have been gone
in a high school ballpark.
On the high side, El Capitan received four powerful
inning of relief pitching from SPENCER NIELSEN, who
allowed one hit and no earned runs in a four inning
EL CAPITAN 5, GRANITE HILLS 4 For the
second time this season the Vaqueros scuttled the Eagles
in Thursdays (Apr. 5) Classic Division semifinal
at Point Loma Nazarene University.
SHANE COLEMAN pitched a complete game 7-hitter to earn
his 4th win without a loss for El Capitan.
JESSE BURNS applied the key blow for the top-ranked
Vaqueros with a 3-run homer in the 2nd inning.
After that it was a game of catch-up for Granite Hills
(7-7), which shaved the deficit to 5-4 on a 2-run homer
by JOSH ROSE in the 5th inning.
Colemans effort included 6 strikeouts and 2 walks.
For El Capitan CURREN FACER collected 2 hits as did
ROBERT BOSTEDT hoisted a home run in the 3rd inning
for the Eagles.
OCEANSIDE 4, WEST HILLS 3 After falling
behind the Pirates 4-0 by the 3rd inning, the Wolf Pack
(8-6) scrambled back and nearly pulled out a last inning
victory in Thursdays (Apr. 5) Division 5A Lions
Tournament semifinal at Cathedral Catholic.
STEWART FORRESTER slashed a 1-2 pitch into left-center
field to drive in two runs, but the Pack came up a buck
short after that. Forrester finished the contest 3-for-4.
ALEX PARSONS was 2-for-4 and D.J. LEWIS also had 2
hits in 3 at-bats.
Vista-CALVARY CHRISTIAN 3, CHRISTIAN 2
The Patriots MIKE MITCHELL has been coaching for
a long time, but he said hes never seen a twin
killing like he witnessed in Thursdays (Apr. 5)
Division 3A semifinal at Alliant International University.
Lightning struck twice against the Patriots in the
2nd inning against Vista Calvary Christian as the Lions
scored three runs, which they made stand up for the
Im not one to complain about umpires, but
there were some controversial calls in that 2nd inning
that just killed us, Mitchell said.
Ironically, they came on the same play.
We were leading 2-0 and they hit a deep fly ball
to left-center field, Mitchell said. Our
freshman center fielder, WILLIAM HAIL, made the catch
although the base umpire wasnt sure that he did.
It was a tough call, but the ball bounced off of Hails
glove and then he hit it up with his bare hand and it
went back into the glove. It bounced off again and he
caught it as he ran into the fence.
Then he jogged off the field toward the dugout.
Everybody was yelling Throw the ball, throw the
The umpire said the ball hit the fence, and I
said if that happened, then why is the kid jogging off
the field thinking hed made the third out instead
of throwing the ball back?
Mitchells ire continued on a play at the plate
on the same play.
On the same play, the umpires gouged Mitchell again,
only this time it was on a rule interpretation
and the Patriots have video of the play.
I dont believe, but I can accept that the
umpire who was out of position said that
the ball bounced off the fence before my kid caught
it. But the play at the plate was a complete misapplication
of the rule, Mitchell added.
The plate umpire said the runner was safe because
my catcher didnt catch the ball. Thats because
the runner ran into my catcher, which is clearly against
the rule, and he dropped the ball.
But the umpire insisted that my catcher was inside
the baseline, which had nothing to do with the play.
Lets just say it was controversial, but
Im very upset about it, Mitchell fumed.
Las Vegas-GREEN VALLEY 6, GROSSMONT 3 It
has been a long time since a Grossmont High baseball
team has lost five games in a row. And, of late, the
Foothillers (8-7) are on such a slide.
The Hillers woes are centered around hitting with runners
on base. They left the bases loaded in the 6th and 7th
innings in the loss to Green Valley.
For the four-game (winless) Lions Tournament, Grossmont
left the sacks full without scoring a run.
What has to annoy Grossmont coach JIM EARLEY the most
is the Foothillers were the highest scoring unit in
the San Diego CIF Division I before stepping on the
banana peel in the Lions event.
HELIX 21, SAN YSIDRO 0 After staggering
to a 1-2 finish in pool play of the Lions Tournament
Classic Division at Helix, the Highlanders closed out
the holiday event with an impressive lopsided victory
San Ysidro on Thursday (Apr. 5)
In a Lions Tournament Classic Division consolation
game, the Highlanders offense came out swinging
as they totally dismantled the Cougars' pitching.
Leading the way was sophomore GEORGE GARCIA and senior
ROMELLO CARBUCCIA as they each collected 5 RBI.
With KACY SMITH and RAY PETERSON batting in front
of him and getting on so much since they both can absolutely
fly, I would be upset if he wasn't producing the way
he has, said coach COLE HOLLAND.
Garcia smashed a two-run homer in the Highlanders 13-run
half of the 4th and Carbuccia matched him with a grand
slam in the same frame and hopes to get his team rolling
after this romp.
Hopefully this is a momentum changer for our
team from this point on, Carbuccia asaid. We
haven't played up to our potential yet and we are more
than capable of putting together a big-time run the
rest of the way.
Smith ended with a pair of doubles to go along with
Peterson's pair of singles and they combined to cross
home plate 6 times.
DIEGO REYNOSO also doubled and senior BRANDON LEWIS
went 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and 3 runs scored.
Helix' Kacy Smith slides safely
into home while
the catcher from Cathedral Catholic leaped but
missed the overthrow to the plate. The visiting
Dons captured the Lions game, 4-3 in 8 innings. (Photo by Tony Bordine)
62th annual LIONS TOURNAMENT El Capitan-Granite Hills highlights
championship day of Lions Tourney
At the top of the list is a Classic Division showdown
between top-ranked El Capitan (12-3) and Granite Hills
(7-6) at 9 a.m. at Point Loma Nazarene University diamond.
The winner of that game will face the Cathedral Catholic-Torrey
Pines semifinal winner for the championship at PLNU
at 3 p.m.
In the Premier Division Valhalla will face Temecula
Chaparral at Grossmont College at 9 a.m. If the Norsemen
(5-8) are successful, they will play for the Premier
crown at the Griffins Noel Mickelsen Field at 3.
Meanwhile in Division 5A, West Hills (8-5) which
posted a three-game pool sweep will take on Oceanside
in a semifinal at Cathedral Catholic at noon. If the
Wolf Pack wins, it will bid for the division title at
Upstart Christian (10-3), which also executed a three-game
pool sweep, takes on Vista Calvary Christian in a Division
3A semifinal at Alliant University at 9 a.m.
In Thursdays Consolation action, Grossmont (8-6)
will face Green Valley at Madison at 10:30 a.m., while
Helix (8-5) will host San Ysidro at 3.
GRANITE HILLS 10, POWAY 1 Granite Hills coach
JAMES DAVIS finally saw the Eagles team he expected
to view in Wednesdays (Apr. 4) pool play of the
Classic Division of the Lions Tournament.
It was the most complete game we have played all
year, Davis beamed. We played good solid
baseball today. We pitched, played good defense and
Eight of the Eagles starters contributed to a 12-hit
Senior DANIEL STARWALT was a double threat as he was
3-for-3 with a double, 3 RBI and 2 runs scored. But
the highlight of his performance was a complete game
2-hitter on the mound. He struck out 5 and walked 3
while balancing his record at 2-2.
The Eagles broke the game open with seven runs in the
6th inning. Front and center was Starwalt with a 3-run
double. JORDAN VERDON and TRENTON BROOKS added RBI singles,
while JOSH ROSE doubled in a run.
EL CAPITAN 3, GREEN VALLEY 2 (8 inn.)
MATT DE ROSIER was ticketed to be the Vaqueros Trevor
Hoffman, but El Capitan coach STEVE VICKERY asked
him to make a start in Wednesdays (Apr. 4) Classic
Division pool play final of the Lions Tournament.
De Rosier has been our most pleasant surprise
during the first third of the season, Vickery
De Rosier, who has 3 saves, pitched seven innings and
allowed only one run in his first start.
SPENCER NIELSEN moved off the infield to throw a hitless
8th inning to record his first save.
We just got ourselves out today. Right now we
hit too many pop-ups. We dont have a really good
approach at the plate offensively. This was a typical
game for us this year. Pitching-wise weve been
A+, offense a C, and defense a D, if I had to give us
a grade. We are certainly making it difficult on ourselves.
Nevertheless, the Vaqueros are in line for another tournament
\VALHALLA 5, PACIFIC PALISADES 1 Hidden in
the shadows of the Valhalla pitching staff most of the
year, SEAN FLANNERY came up big when the Norsemen needed
him most in Wednesdays (Apr. 4) Lions Tournament
Premier Division pool play game, carrying his team into
Thursday mornings semifinals.
The 6-foot-1, 210-pound junior pitched a complete game
victory over Pacific Palisades, allowing only 2 runs
and 5 hits.
JORDAN QSAR keyed a 3-run 3rd inning with a 2-run single.
KYLE McBRIDE and RAMSEY ROMANO also had RBI singles.
CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC 4, HELIX 3 (8 inn.) In
a battle of Top 10 teams in Wednesdays (Apr. 4)
final round of Lions Tournament Classic Division pool
play the Helix Highlanders (8-5) raced out to a 3-0
lead with three runs in the 1st inning as AUSTIN HOPWOOD
capped the early uprising with a 2-run double.
After that the No. 4 ranked Highlanders offense
went silent as No. 3 ranked Cathedral Catholic (12-3)
scored single runs in the 5th, 6th, 7th and 8th innings
to post the victory and qualify for the Classic semifinals.
Helix starting pitcher ROMELLO CARBUCCIA allowed only
two earned runs in seven innings, but left with no decision.
Theres no question Carbuccia pitched well
enough to win, said Helix coach COLE HOLLAND.
But we left eight runners in scoring position
and you cant do that against a quality team.
RAY PETERSON was 3-for-3 with a run scored in the losing
effort. KACY SMITH was 2-for-5.
MONTGOMERY 7, GROSSMONT 1 Coach JIM EARLEY
cant remember the last time his Foothillers lost
four games in a row, including coming up empty during
pool play of the Classic Division of the Lions Tournament.
But thats what happened to the struggling Hillers
as they played at Montgomery on Wednesday (Apr. 4),
generating little to no offense in a lopsided loss.
The high point for the Foothillers was the hitting
of nationally acclaimed corner infielder DEREK RUSTICH.
He slugged a pair of singles against Montgomery, which
left him with a .600 batting average (9 for 15)
in his last four games.
STEELE CANYON 15, MISSION BAY 0 The Cougars
offense had a field day against the Buccaneers in the
Division 6A Lions Tournament final round of pool play.
They pounced for 16 hits and behind the support of senior
FRANK CALIFANO's pitching gem, they cruised to overwhelming
victory by the bay.
Califano threw a complete game 2-hitter to go along
with 10 strikeouts for his best start of the season.
"I was really hitting my spots today," Califano
said. "I couldn't have done it without my defense
though as a whole team. My main focus was just throw
strikes with the big lead. Not to be cliché,
but it really was a total team effort"
Frank pitched a heck of a game for us,
coach TODD SNYDER said. We were a lot more comfortable
at plate and we just kept putting pressure on them.
TANNER PERRY had 4 hits in the lead off position and
after he scored the first run for the Cougars in their
initial at-bat, they had the game in hand, as 14 more
runners found their way home in the blowout.
He did a great job for us at the top of the order
today and hopefully we can build off this momentum heading
into league play, said Snyder.
The first 5 batters in the Cougars lineup accounted
for 13 hits as they knocked around the Bucs all day
in what seemed like an extra batting practice session.
MONTE VISTA 12, SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 4
Head coach CHAD WILLIAMS knows his team is better than
their record shows so far this year and is just waiting
for them to prove it. In the final round of the Division
6A Lions Tournament his Monarchs started a trend he
hopes they can build upon.
JOEY GONSALVES had 3 hits and RICHIE BALAJADIA knocked
out two, along with senior catcher CRUZ GUERRERO as
they introduced the Eagles to a designated egg in the
"It was nice to have a good game offensively,"
said Williams. "Hopefully we can get the bats going
just in time for league play."
Junior KYLE BEDSOLE had a base-clearing 3 RBI double
in his only trip to the plate for extra run support
as JOHN BALAJADIA, REILLY DIAZ and LUIS LEBRON grounded
the Eagles potent offense.
WEST HILLS 12, MAR VISTA 5 Ten of West
Hills first 11 games were decided by two runs
or less and the Wolf Pack gained a split.
Talk about playing it close to the vest... all five
of those early Pack victories came by a one run margin.
After gaining a one-run nod over El Diamante of Visalia
on the opening day of Lions Tournament Division 5A pool
play, the Wolf Pack erupted for 34 runs in the final
two pool play Lions encounters, including a 12-5 nod
over Mar Vista.
The last time that I was involved in this tournament
was 16 years ago, said West Hills coach and alum
JASON FOWLER. I was a junior on that team and
we lost to St. Augustine in the finals. Its a
big deal for us.
The last two games we have really swung the bats
well, he added. Our pitching has done well
and I think it sets up well for tomorrow.
Pitchers CAMERON HOWELL and WILLIAM BENNETT combined
for a 7-hitter, allowed 3 runs and struck out 8.
GARRETT SCHILLING was 3-for-4 with 2 doubles and 4
RBI to spearhead the Wolf Packs 17-hit attack.
MICHAEL CARLIN was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and TYLER SOTELO
was 3-for-4 with an RBI.
SANTANA 10, OLYMPIAN 2 After dropping
eight in a row the Sultans closed out pool play in the
Division 4A of the Lions Tournament with back-to-back
victories, including Wednesdays (Apr. 4) knockout
We played some serious D, said Santana
coach TIM BARRY. Were kinda playing more
like we expected. With the way we started out at it
gave us a little sense of security. Today was our third
straight game with complete game pitching. Pitching
and defense is definitely coming around to where we
expect to be.
Santana (4-9) took a 5-0 lead in the first two innings
and never let go.
BRIAN ASHWILL keyed a 3-run first inning with an RBI
single. Winning pitcher ALAN STRONG drew a bases-loaded
walk to cap the early uprising.
In the 2nd inning the key blow was struck by TYLER
WEISS, who doubled in a run and eventually scored on
an error to give Santana one of its biggest leads of
For Santana Ashwill was 2-for-4 with 2 RBI. On the
bump Strong, who has been used exclusively in relief,
turned in a complete game 4-hitter to earn the win.
HILLTOP 6, MOUNT MIGUEL 0 Although Mount
Miguel went 2-1 in the Lions Tournament Division 4A,
they did not qualify for Thursdays semifinals.
But first-year head coach JASON BABINEAU was hardly
disappointed as his Matadors raised their season record
to 8-5 despite their exit following pool play.
Hilltop knocked the Matadors off the blocks early as
the Lancers scored five runs in the 1st inning and never
DOMINIC SAWYER accounted for two of the Matadors seven
hits, which were all singles.
Hilltop came out aggressive with the bats in
the 1st inning, just crushed the ball and we had a hard
time stringing hits together throughout the game,
said Babineau. Other than that 1st inning we played
CHRISTIAN 8, CAPISTRANO VALLEY CHRISTIAN 5
The short-handed Patriots finished off an improbable
run through pool play in the Division 3A Lions Tournament
thanks to their heart of the order.
We're essentially down to 8 varsity players after
an injury, coach MIKE MITCHELL said. Our
kids just keep finding a way to win though.
ANDREW GREGOROVIC, DAVID SUDA and NICK JARVIS each
collected 2 hits. Suda doubled and accounted for 2 RBI
while Jarvis notched three markers on a pair of well-timed
STEPHEN JOHNSTON stayed perfect on the year by extending
his hitting streak to 13 games and also saved the game
on the mound, protecting SAM GERSHOW's first win of
MOUNTAIN EMPIRE 4, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 2
It took Foothills Christian six innings to find its
offense in Wednesdays (Apr. 4) final round of
the Division 1A Lions Tournament pool play.
But the Knights (7-5) in the final frame scored two
runs, which were only half as many as they needed against
the Redhawks (9-4).
The key hit was a double by losing pitcher TREVOR TINNEY.
DEREK BROWN singled to put runners at the corners. Tinney
scored on a balk and Brown scored on a fielders
choice, but the Knights ran out of time.
Tinney pitched a complete game 6-hitter while allowing
only 2 earned runs and striking out three.
SD-SOUTHWEST 15, EL CAJON VALLEY 1 No
further information reported.
Defense ruled the day in Christian's
of The Bishop's School in Lions Tournament play
with a running catch in the outfield, then the
third baseman knocks down the ball with his body. (Photos by Frank Price, youatplay.com)
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62th annual LIONS TOURNAMENT Cougars' Balikian gets another 'three'
A master at the 3-point shot on the court, the 6-foot-3,
185-pound Balikian is starting to make his mark as a
pitcher for the Cougars.
In Tuesdays (Apr. 3) Division 6A second round
game of the Lions Tournament Balikian shut down El Camino,
10-1, to run his record to 3-0, as he pitched a complete-game
2-hitter without allowing an earned run.
Early in the game, I struggled with location,
Balikian said. At that point all I was trying
to do was keep us in the game. I didnt have a
good handle on my fastball or my curveball. But my cutter
a new pitch Im working on was there
and I was able to make two key pitches, one of them
a strikeout, with it.
Balikian admits hes not a fireballer.
I dont have nasty stuff, he said.
Its all about spotting the ball. You have
to recognize what the umpire is going to give you and
realize what the other team is going to swing at.
For one of the rare times this season Balikian was
pitching with a sizeable lead by the middle innings
as the Cougars (6-6) took a 5-1 lead through the 5th
inning and broke the game open with a 5-spot in the
Catcher MICHAEL RANDEL paced Steele Canyon s
12-hit attack, driving in 3 runs with a pair of doubles
and a single. Leadoff man TANNER PERRY also had 3 hits,
while COLE FLINT had a triple, a single, a stolen base
and 2 RBI.
Batting in the 9th spot, NATHAN MURRAY collected his
first 2 hits of the season, including a double.
HELIX 8, Fresno-BULLARD 2 After being
shutout in the opening round of the Lions Tournament
the Highlanders wasted no time sending a statement to
the rest of the Classics Division on Tuesday (Apr. 3)
against Fresno-based Bullard that they could swing the
sticks with the best of them.
DIEGO REYNOSO hit a first pitch fastball for a single
with one out in the Highlanders 1st and junior RAY PETERSON
followed with a two-run homer to left.
I saw Diego blast the first pitch he saw so I
went up there knowing the pitcher would probably try
to do the same to me, Peterson said. I was
actually out in front of it a bit, but I was lucky enough
for it to clear the fences.
BRANDON LEWIS and AUSTIN HOPWOOD followed with singles
and once KRAIG FAHRER singled home Lewis the 3-run cushion
would be more than enough they needed.
Not only did they knock the seams off the ball for
8 runs total, but they limited the visiting Knights
to only one hit on a bunt over six innings behind the
lefty arm of senior MARK YOUNG.
Any time you can hold the opposition to one hit
in the Lions tourney you know you are absolutely dealing
it, skipper COLE HOLLAND boasted.
Clinging to a one run lead in the 6th it was senior
KACY SMITH who finally said Good Knight
to Bullard as he blasted a 3-run homer off the apartment
building across the street in right field.
It felt really good off the bat, he admitted.
It was a 3-1 count so I knew he was going to try
and throw a strike by me. I really was just trying to
pop one up to the outfield because my job was to get
the guy in from 3rd, but I guess I got a lot more of
it than I thought.
LA COSTA CANYON 3, EL CAPITAN 2 It was
a case of really bad hops at the wrong time for the
visiting Vaqueros in the second round of the Classic
Division of the Lions Tournament as they were booted
3-2 by the host Mavericks.
Senior catcher CHUCK MOORMAN blasted a 2-run dinger
in the top of the first, and El Capitan held the lead
the entire game until a couple of bounces went in favor
of La Costa Canyon as they plated 2 runs in their half
of the 6th to claim the victory.
With one out, an error put a runner on 2nd and after
veteran coach STEVE VICKERY intentionally put the next
man on, momentum seemed to turn back in the Vaqueros
direction once KEVIN GINKEL picked the runner off at
second base. However the next hitter blooped one into
right field and it took a funny bounce to turn into
a three-base hit.
It's a ball we have a good chance of catching
and it ends up being a triple, Vickery fumed.
What are you gonna do?
The offense for the Vaqueros didn't help things much
as they struck out 13 times and every batter was guilty
of at least one infraction.
It's frustrating because we're a much better
offensive team than we have showed, said Vickery.
We have the talent to do it, but just haven't
put enough offensive pressure on opponents this year,
especially to win games like this where a weird bounce
WEST HILLS 21, CALEXICO 2 (6 inn.) When
head coach JASON FOWLER decided to switch things up
in his lineup card he wasn't expecting the kind of results
that his Wolf Pack produced in Tuesdays (Apr.
3) second round of the Lions Tournament Division 5A
An 8-run blitzing in the first inning, highlighted
by a TYLER SOTELO 2-run homer, would be more than enough
offense for senior BRANDON DELANEY to collect his 4th
victory of the season against one defeat.
ALEX PARSONS and D.J. LEWIS were both moved on the
scorecard to mix things up and they combined to go a
perfect 7-for-7 with 7 runs scored and 6 RBI for West
Hills (7-5). Parsons played pepper with the fence all
day as he blasted 4 doubles with three of those just
inches away from being round trippers and Lewis singled
in all 3 plate appearances.
Parsons 4 doubles tied a San Diego CIF record
shared by five others, including El Capitan s
KEVIN NULTON (1997) and Christians JIM HINTON
The red hot duo weren't the only ones taking a bite
out of the Bulldogs pitching as 11 batters collected
hits for the Wolf Pack.
We hit the ball well today, Fowler said.
The last few weeks we've been averaging about
11 men left on base and today we did a good job of getting
those crucial hits.
FRANK MELLO and MICHAEL CARLIN collected 3 hits and
3 RBI apiece. Backup catcher ALEX WAGNER also had 2
hits and 3 RBI for West Hills.
The Pack is now one victory away from reaching Thursdays
(Apr. 5) Division 5A semifinal round. But first they
have to deal with Mar Vista on Wednesday.
SANTANA 1, PALM SPRINGS 0 JAMES DOHERTY
has had some rocky times as a pitcher for the Santana
Sultans. A three sport senior letterman who also played
football and basketball, Doherty is coming into his
own on the baseball team.
In his previous start (Doherty 1-3) was roughed up
by the Helix Highlanders for 5 runs in the 1st inning
but then slammed the door for the next 5 2/3 frames.
That momentum carried over to Tuesdays (Apr. 2)
Lions Tournament Division 4A second round game against
Doherty has allowed only one unearned run in his last
12 2/3 innings.
I think the key to the game was Doherty throwing
three pitches for strikes, said Santana assistant
coach JEFF BARRY. He threw 78 pitches today. It
was pitching and defense. I felt like Doherty really
stepped up and kept us in the ballgame.
The two teams were saddled with only one error.
(Third baseman) CAMERON GARCIA made a couple
of really nice plays on defense, Barry added.
To end the game, with two outs and a runner on
first base the leadoff batter bunted a ball down the
third base line. Garcia barehanded the ball and on the
run throws and got the runner by a step. That was the
final out of the game.
Santana scored the only run of the game on a double
by TOMMY LOGAN, who eventually rode home on a wild pitch
in the 3rd inning.
GRANITE HILLS 2, Granada Hills-KENNEDY 1
DOUG BRANNVALL has not compiled massive individual stats
but he knows how to deliver in the clutch.
The 6-foot-2, 217-pound Brannvall was a double threat
as the Eagles snapped a four game losing steak by knocking
off Granada Hills Kennedy in Tuesdays (Apr. 3)
second round of the Lions Tournament Classic Division.
All of the scoring came in the 6th inning and involved
After surrendering a run in the top of the 6th, Brannvall
capped a two-out rally in the bottom of that frame when
TRENTON BROOKS singled, CHARLIE ST. CLAIR was hit by
a pitch and Brannvall doubled to left-center field to
score both runners.
The best thing about Brannvall is hes a
clutch performer, said Granite Hills coach JAMES
DAVIS. To pitch a 5-hitter and issue no walks
against the caliber of teams that were playing
now is impressive.
He got a complete game because he hiked his velocity
up a notch in the 7th and stranded the tying run at
second base by coaxing back-to-back comebackers.
MOUNT MIGUEL 11, LINCOLN 5 The Magical
Matadors pounded out 13 hits and scored all 11 runs
in the first four innings as they lynched Lincoln in
Tuesdays (Apr. 3) second round of the Division
4A Lions Tournament.
Leadoff hitter BRAD MORENO stroked 4 hits, including
3 doubles and scored 3 runs to pace the Matadors (8-4)
against the Hornets.
DUSTIN BURKE was 2-for-2 with 2 runs and 2 RBI, while
FRANCO LUNA stroked a double and drove in 2 runs.
Mount Miguel pitchers JACOB CASTILLO, ALEJO CARDENAS
and JOHNNY WRIGHT combined to spin a 3-hitter while
striking out 11.
We won the game but if we are going to achieve
the goals that we have set for ourselves, we need to
play better, said Matadors coach JASON BABINEAU.
CHRISTIAN 3, THE BISHOPS 0 STEPHEN
JOHNSTON extended his season-long hitting streak to
12 straight games, and MICHAEL KAUFMAN pitched a 3-hit
shutout in Tuesdays (Apr. 3) Division 3A of the
Michael Kaufman (3-0) did a great job on the
mound and at the plate, said Patriots coach MIKE
MITCHELL. He threw 89 pitches 65 strikes
and 24 balls.
It was the third win without a loss for Kaufman, who
walked one and struck out seven. He also laced an RBI
double in the 4th inning as the Patriots scored all
their runs in that frame.
Another plus for the Patriots was the hitting of NICK
JARVIS, who was 3-for-3 with a run scored.
Freshman pinch hitter CHRISTIAN MEZA went 1-for-1 in
his first varsity at-bat.
Christian, which has won three in a row, needs a victory
over Capistrano Valley Christian to assure itself a
berth in Thursdays (Apr. 5) semifinals.
EL CAMINO REAL 3, GROSSMONT 2 The host
Foothillers suffered from a dearth of energy in Tuesdays
(Apr. 3) second round of the Lions Tournament Classic
They stranded 13 runners on base. Worse than that,
they left the bases loaded four of the seven innings,
leaving the bases full in three consecutive innings.
Although the game was played at Joe Gizoni Field, Grossmont
was designated the visiting team via the customary pre-game
The Foothillers came out swinging as NICO MAIDA and
ALEX CONNOR singled. BRETT STONE doubled to left center,
scoring Maida. ERIC ECKLEY walked to load the bases
but the Foothillers faltered after that.
After falling behind 2-1 Grossmont (8-5) tied the game
in the 4th inning on singles by Stone, Eckley and NOAH
But El Camino jumped reliever BROOKS OHAVER with
the winning run in the bottom of the 7th inning.
Despite suffering the loss this was one of OHavers
better outings as he allowed only one run and two hits
in 3 2/3 innings.
EASTLAKE 4, VALHALLA 3 The host Norsemen
scored end-to-end with two runs in the 1st inning to
take a lead and one run in the 7th to tie it during
Tuesdays (Apr. 3) second round of the Premier
Division Lions Tournament game against visiting Eastlake.
But the Titans (8-4) pulled out the victory on a sacrifice
fly by Arturo Hurtado in the bottom of the 7th.
Valhalla took the lead in the 1st inning when CONNOR
HOPKINS walked and advanced to second on a wild pickoff
throw by Eastlake ace Josh Palet. KYLE McBRIDE hit a
ground ball that was booted at second base. AUSTIN HENSLEY
followed with a double to score Hopkins, but the centerfielder
made a wild relay throw to allow McBride to score and
Hensley to take third.
KEANTE BALELO hoisted a sacrifice fly in the opening
frame, giving Valhalla a 2-0 edge.
ANTHONY MANUPELLA tripled to lead off the 2nd inning
but was stranded there.
The Norsemen put the leadoff man on base in five of
their seven at-bats, but only twice did they convert.
Thats kind of stuff that makes the game
so frustrating, said Valhalla coach MIKE WILSON.
We left 5 guys in scoring position. Were
still looking for that big hit.
Valhalla wasted a strong pitching performance by ROBBIE
SCHMIDT, who scattered 9 hits, allowed only 2 earned
runs and struck out 8 in a six-inning stint.
FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 15, CRAWFORD 10 Foothills
Christian pounded out 12 hits to hold off the Colts
in Tuesdays (Apr. 3) Division 1A Lions Tournament
pool play game.
Seven of the Knights contributed to the 12-hit total,
including TREVOR TINNEY who was 3-for-6 with 2 doubles,
3 stolen bases and an RBI.
Tinney is involved in every time we score,
noted Knights coach DAVE LEWIS. Hes an incredible
baseball player. He is fast and he adjusts at the plate.
He bats left and sets the table and the tone the way
he hustles. He is the catalyst for our team.
RYAN QUINN was 2-for-4 with 3 runs scored and a pair
of RBI, while freshman TIM GRAY was 2-for-5 with a double
and 2 RBI.
Tim Gray barely played at the beginning of the
season, but hes worked hard and is playing well
now, Lewis said.
RANCHO BUENA VISTA 5, MONTE VISTA 2 No.
6 ranked Rancho Buena Vista had to scramble to defeat
upset-minded Monte Vista (3-9 in Tuesdays (Apr.
3) Division 6A second round of the Lions Tournament.
After falling behind 2-0 in the 2nd inning the Monarchs
tied the game when PAUL OCONNOR scored on a passed
ball in the 4th inning and JOHN BALAJADIA singled in
JOEY GONSALVES in the 6th inning to make it 2-2.
The Monarchs couldnt muster much out of three
hits but were tied going into the bottom of the 6th
inning at the North County school.
Monte Vista ace OConnor limited the Longhorns
to 9 hits and 4 runs in 5 1/3 innings.
We played pretty well today, said Monarchs
coach CHAD WILLIAMS. We struggled a little bit
on the offensive side. Paul threw a good game. We did
a good job playing defense behind him.
BRENTWOOD 9, EL CAJON VALLEY 2 No further
Senior southpaw TROY CONYERS pitched an overpowering
game against Sacramento-Elk Grove, limiting the Thundering
Herd to two hits while claiming a 1-0 victory. He walked
one and struck out 10 to increase his record to 3-1.
It was one of the better games Troy has thrown
based on the quality of teams hes faced,
said Vaqueros coach STEVE VICKERY. I was tickled
to death at the way he competed.
The Vaqueros broke a scoreless deadlock in the 5th
inning. AUSTIN CURO-RUIS, who had the game-winning double
in the Bill Dickens Classic, ignited this rally with
a one-out single to right. CURREN FACER followed with
a two-out single and Elk Grove contributed an error
that moved both runners up 90 feet.
ERIC LOZANO followed with a single to left field to
score Curo-Ruis with the only run of the game.
Facer and CHUCK MOORMAN paced El Capitan s 9-hit
attack with two hits apiece.
TORREY PINES 3, GROSSMONT 1 In a battle
of Top 10 teams, the No. 2 ranked Falcons (10-1-1) rode
the powerful pitching of Luc Rennie to Mondays
(Apr. 2) Classic Division opener of the 62nd Annual
Lions Tournament at Joe Gizoni Field.
The 6-foot-2, 200-pound right-hander scattered 7 hits,
walked none and struck out 7 as he ran his record to
Grossmonts ALEX CONNOR also coined a complete
game for the Foothillers (8-4), allowing only 6 hits
and 2 earned runs while striking out 6.
Grossmont scored its only run in the 4th inning as
DEREK RUSTICH ripped his second double in as many at-bats.
BRETT STONE singled sharply to left, sending Rustich
to third. ERIC ECKLEY then hit a roller to third base,
allowing Rustich to score, which at the time cut Torrey
Pines lead to 2-1.
Grossmont made its final threat in the 6th inning as
NICO MAIDA reached base on an infield single and Connor
singled to center. Thats as far as the Foothillers
would get as Rennie retired the next three batters in
Las Vegas-SILVERADO 8, GRANITE HILLS 6
Not that Granite Hills coach JAMES DAVIS was pleased
following Mondays (Apr. 2) Classic Division opener
of the 62nd Annual Lions Tournament against Las Vegas-Silverado,
but he had to acknowledge that his team found its offense.
The problem is the Eagles lost their defense.
After scoring only two runs in the previous three games,
the Eagles (5-6) shaved a 5-0 deficit to 5-4 heading
into the final frame.
Granite Hills hammered out 11 hits, including a double
and a single by leadoff hitter JOSH ROSE, who scored
twice and drove in three.
DANIEL STARWALT, TRENTON BROOKS, ROBERT BOSTEDT and
NOAH CUMMINGS also had two hits apiece for the Eagles.
But the bottom line is Granite Hills committed six
errors, which handed Silverado (11-5-1) five unearned
Were just making too many mistakes,
said Davis. We have some talented players but were
just in a funk right now.
RANCHO BERNARDO 4, HELIX 0 The Highlanders
wasted a strong pitching performance by BRANDON LEWIS
in Mondays (Apr. 2) opening round of the Classic
Division of the Lions Tournament.
Lewis, the quarterback of the Helix state champion
football team, allowed only 7 hits and one earned run
in a complete game effort against Rancho Bernardo.
Rancho Bernardos Parker Bugg, 6-foot-5, 205 pounds,
limited the Highlanders to singles by KACY SMITH and
GEORGE GARCIA. He struck out seven and walked none as
he improved his record to 3-0.
We didnt do a very good job of making in-game
adjustments, said Helix coach COLE HOLLAND.
VALHALLA 11, POINT LOMA 7 The Norsemen,
who had scored 20 runs in their first 10 games, erupted
for 11 runs in Mondays (Apr. 2) Premier Division
of the Lions Tournament at Valhalla to post its 4th
win in their last five starts.
Norseman sophomore FOSTER McNARY was 2-for-4 with 5
RBI including a bases-loaded triple.
We finally grouped our hits and that makes a
difference, said Valhalla coach MIKE WILSON. McNarys
triple was huge.
PATRICK HENRY 6, MONTE VISTA 1 The Monarchs
hammered out 10 singles but could generate only one
run in Mondays (Apr. 2) Division 6A Lions Tournament
game at Mission Bay.
JOEY GONSALVES, who was 3-for-4, drove in Monte Vistas
only run on a fielders choice in the bottom of
the 7th to avoid the shutout.
JOHN BALAJADIA and ANDREW POIRIER also had two hits
apiece for Monte Vista (3-8).
We didnt get off to a very good start
walked five guys in the first 2 1/3 innings and three
of them scored runs, lamented Monarchs coach CHAD
WILLIAMS. We didnt play good defense early.
We hit pretty well today, just didnt get the clutch
Alberto Bulcao pitched a complete game victory for
Patrick Henry (7-4).
TEMECULA VALLEY 3, STEELE CANYON 2 The
Cougars of Steele Canyon turned a school record five
double plays but it wasnt enough to turn back
Temecula Valley, which squeezed out a victory in Mondays
(Apr. 2) opening round of the Division 6A Lions Tournament.
Steele Canyon left nine runners stranded and had the
bases loaded in the 7th inning but couldnt bring
WEST HILLS 5,Visalia- EL DIAMANTE 4 (8 inn.)
West Hills pitchers BRIAN COMMERFORD and JORDAN KUNZ
combined to pitch a 5-hitter and allowed only one earned
run in Mondays (Apr. 2) opening round of the Division
5A Lions Tournament as the host Wolf Pack knocked off
Visalias El Diamante Miners in 8 innings.
Kunz was overpowering in relief, spinning 3 hitless
innings while striking out 6 and walking none to earn
his first varsity win.
FRANK MELLO keyed West Hills rallies in the 1st
and 8th innings with a pair of singles.
In the opening frame MICHAEL CARLIN and ALEX PARSONS
followed with hits to load the bases. STEWART FORRESTER
brought in Mello with a ground out.
After falling behind 3-1 in the 3rd inning, West Hills
(6-5) fought back with 3 runs in the bottom of the frame.
Parsons singled and scored on a triple by Forrester.
TYLER SOTELO then singled in Forrester to tie the game.
But the West Hills hit parade continued as the SCHILLING
brothers GARRETT and HAYDEN singled to
load the bases with two outs. D.J. LEWIS then drew a
walk to force in the go-ahead run.
The issue, however, was not decided until five innings
later. Mello provided the spark with a base hit, Carlin
was hit by a pitch and Forrester walked to load the
bases with one out.
El Diamante then booted a groundball to shortstop to
give the Wolf Pack the walkoff win.
Garrett Schilling spearheaded the Packs 12-hit
attack by going 3-for-3.
MOUNT MIGUEL 1, BROOMFIELD, Colo. 0 Its
been a rough season for Mount Miguel s JUWUN McCRAY.
The 6-foot-2 senior right-hander has been cuffed around
in most of his pitching outings thus far.
That wasnt the case in Mondays (Apr. 2)
opening round of the Division 4A Lions Tournament contest
McCray was almost letter-perfect, which he needed to
be as he hurled a 2-hit shutout in the Matadors
victory. Better yet he struck out 12 and walked only
three while improving his record to 2-1.
FRANCO LUNA tripled in the only run of the game in
the 2nd inning for Mount Miguel (7-4).
GRANADA HILLS 2, SANTANA 0 Facing off
against one of the top teams on their schedule in Mondays
(Apr. 2) opening round of the Lions Tournament 4A Division
at Canyon Crest Academy, the Sultans received another
solid complete game pitching performance from BRIAN
ASHWILL but failed to generate any offense.
Ashwill threw a complete game with only one earned
run and went 2-for-3 at the plate, said Santana
assistant coach JEFF BARRY. I cant ask more
than that from my pitcher.
One of Ashwills hits was a double but the remainder
of the Santana offense consisted of three singles.
We played defense well, we just didnt swing
the bats well, Barry said. Eleven of our
21 outs were either pop-ups or fly balls. There was
a pretty good cross wind from left to right it
just stopped the ball. It was not a very good offensive
performance. Im really frustrated right now.
CHRISTIAN 11, SWEETWATER 2 Catcher ANDREW
GREGOROVIC moved up to the No. 2 spot in the batting
order, whacked four hits including a double and drove
in four runs to propel the Patriots to a Division 3A
Lions Tournament victory over visiting Sweetwater.
Leadoff man STEPHEN JOHNSTON extended his current batting
streak to a season-long 11 games with three single,
three runs scored and 3 RBI for Christian (8-3).
Breaking out of a two-week slump was MICHAEL KAUFMAN,
who was 3-for-5 with an RBI.
We only have eight varsity players and one of
them is injured, said Patriots coach MIKE MITCHELL.
(The others team members are on a school sponsored trip
to the Mideast.) We brought up eight junior varsity
players and two of them started. We came out and swung
the bats it was kinda nice. We hit the ball well.
IMPERIAL 14, EL CAJON VALLEY 0 No details
reported on this Lions Tournament Division 2A game.
Chatsworth-SIERRA CANYON 3, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN
0 The visiting Trailblazers from Chatsworth
spoiled another fine pitching performance by ZACH TOMLIN
in Mondays (Apr. 2) opening round of the Division
1A Lions Tournament.
Tomlin twirled a complete game, allowing only 3 hits
and one earned run while striking out six.
We out hit them (5-3), said Foothills Christian
coach DAVE LEWIS, just couldnt get it done.
We had bases loaded with no outs. We played a real good
game, we just didnt do the little things.
But Im thrilled with the way we were
playing. Im proud of my kids.
Leadoff man TREVOR TINNEY was 2-for-3 with a stolen
base to pace the Knights.
El Capitan baserunner Eric Lozano
who batted 4-for-7 with a pair of doubles
for three RBI Saturday, beats the throw to
Grossmont first baseman Nick Rochester in winning
the Dickens Classic championship. (Photo by Frank Price, youatplay.com)
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Dickens Classic is a marathon classic El Capitan outlasts Grossmont in 11 innings
The 2004 finale between the best teams in the Grossmont
South (Granite Hills) and Grossmont North (Grossmont
HS) Conferences ended in a 12-12 tie that was halted
after 12 innings due to darkness.
Although the tournament did not wear its current moniker
back then, in Saturdays (Mar. 31) 2nd annual now
Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament championship
joust, visiting El Capitan came out on top in the 3½
hour epic over host Grossmont, 11-6 in 11 innings.
Winning this tournament is a big deal to us because
it gives us two tournament championships to start the
season, said ERIC LOZANO of the Vaqueros, who
also captured the Foothiller-Aztec Tournament crown.
Lozano did his best to lead the Vaqueros (10-2) with
4 hits in seven at-bats, including 2 doubles and 3 RBI
while playing shortstop, third base and left field.
Grossmont outfielder Brett Stone, (Photo by Frank Price, youatplay.com)
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He reflected on the fact that the Vaqueros lost to Grossmont
7-2 in pool play on March 27th.
We wanted to avenge that loss for sure,
Probably the anchor of El Capitan s overtime
championship victory was CURREN FACER, who wound up
the winning pitcher, allowing only one run in the final
As a hitter Facer was 3-for-5 with a double, 2 runs
scored and 2 RBI. In addition, defensively he erased
a run in the 3rd inning with a perfect throw from center
field to catcher CHUCK MOORMAN.
When I saw the guy cut around third base I let
it fly, Facer said. I knew I had a shot
to get him but if (first baseman) TROY (CONYERS) decided
to cut the throw off I knew we would still have time
to get him.
Conyers did not cut the throw, which went all the way
through to Moorman, who blocked the plate for the out.
Facer noted that he was batting in the leadoff spot
for the first time in his varsity career, and the fact
that he averaged .600 made it look like a pretty
wise decision by Vaqueros coach STEVE VICKERY.
I saw a lot of fastballs and I really liked that,
Facer said. Ive batted in the No. 2 hole
this year so it wasnt that much different.
As a pitcher Facer said most of his deliveries have
come during practice.
Most of the pitching Ive done has been
in scrimmages, he said. I hardly ever get
to pitch in a game but I told Coach Vickery I love to
pitch in pressure situations. I used to be a closer
when I was younger.
The Vaqueros scored five runs to snap a 6-6 tie in
the 11th inning. AUSTIN CURO-RUIS slammed a double over
the left fielders head to score two runs. Two
batters later Lozano slashed a 2-run double and Conyers
capped the scoring with an RBI single. Then Facer retired
the side in order.
Grossmont Conference Tournament Championship Game Results (since 2001)
Capitan 11, at Grossmont 6 (11 inn.)
2011 Helix 4, at El Capitan 2
2010 at Valhalla 8, Santana 7
2009 Helix 5, at Santana 1
2008 El Capitan 7, at Granite Hills 2
2007 Valhalla 5, at West Hills 4
2006 Santana 6, at Valhalla 5
2005 Granite Hills 11, at El Capitan 3
2004 Grossmont 12, at Granite Hills 12
7 inn., darkness)
2003 El Capitan 9, at Mount Miguel 7
2002 El Capitan 4, at Helix 2
2001 at El Capitan 9, Valhalla 4
to 2011, event went by either Grossmont Conference
Tournament or Grossmont North/South Tournament.
Weve won both tournaments weve been
in and thats really been a goal for us, said
DEREK RUSTICH, who was 4-for-6, led the Foothillers
When you do what it takes to make 40 outs youre
lucky to get 11 innings, let alone win the game,
Foothillers coach JIM EARLEY said. We played really
well and had many opportunities to win this game.
Grossmont, which defeated El Capitan earlier in the
week 7-2, will host Torrey Pines in the first round
of the Lions Tournament on Monday (Apr. 2) at 3 p.m.
El Capitan will host Elk Grove-Sacramento on Monday
at 11 a.m.
11 league games, and CIF game to Granite Hills (ineligible player)
Ocean View Christian
River Valley (Lakeside)
Tue., May 22
Carlsbad 4, Otay Ranch 0
Mira Mesa 5, Chula Vista 3
Poway 10, Easklake 9 (8 inn.)
Patrick Henry 12, San Pasqual 5 Division 2
San Marcos 4, Bonita Vista 2
Westvew 4, El Centro-Southwest 0
Valhalla 6, Scripps Ranch 2
Ramona 5, Hilltop 1 Division 3
Brawley 6, La Jolla 0
Clairemont 2, Montgomery 1
West Hills 4, Mount Miguel 3
San Dieguito 4, Santana 1 (10 inn.) Division 4
Imperial 4, Mater Dei 3
Francis Parker 12, Mountain Empire 0
Escondido Charter 5, Holtville 2
Coronado 5, The Bishop's 4 Division 5
San Diego Jewish 9, Julian 8
Tri-City Christian 7, Maranatha Christian 3
Lutheran 6, Borrego Springs 3
Wed., May 23
First Round (Start DoubleElimination) Division 1 Vista 15, Poway 0
Torrey Pines 3, Carlsbad 1
Mira Mesa 5, Granite Hills 4
Rancho Buena Vista 4, Patrick Henry 2 Division 2 Rancho Bernardo 11, San Marcos 1
Steele Canyon 3, Westview 0
Valhalla 17, Helix 1
La Costa Canyon 5, Ramona 4 (9 inn.) Division 3 Cathedral Catholic 2, Brawley 0
University City 13, Clairemont 0
St. Augustine 3, West Hills 0
El Capitan 4, San Dieguito 0 Division 4 Santa Fe Christian 8, Imperial 0
Valley Center 3, Francis Parker 2
La Jolla Country Day 12, Escondido Charter 5
Madison 10, Coronado 0 Division 5 Vista-Calvary Chr. 18, San Diego Jewish 1
Horizon 5, Foothills Christian 0
Christian 14, Tri-City Christian 0
The Rock 15, Lutheran 0
Fri., May 25
Winners Bracket Vista 1, Torrey Pines 0
Mira Mesa 5, Rancho Buena Vista 3 Losers Bracket Carlsbad 4, Poway 3
Granite Hills 7, Patrick Henry 4
Winners Bracket Rancho Bernardo 9, Steele Canyon 1
La Costa Canyon 7, Valhalla 2 Losers Bracket Westview 6, San Marcos 0
Helix 13, Ramona 3 Division 3 Winners Bracket Cathedral Catholic 8, University City 2
St. Augustine 4, El Capitan 3 Losers Bracket Clairemont 4, Brawley 2
West Hills 5, San Dieguito 3 Division 4 Winners Bracket Santa Fe Christian 10, Valley Center 1
Madison 15, La Jolla Country Day 7 Losers Bracket Imperial 3, Francis Parker 1
Escondido Charter 7, Coronado 5 Division 5 Winners Bracket Vista-Calvary Christian 10, Horizon 3
The Rock 5, Christian 0 Losers Bracket Foothills Christian 8, San Diego Jewish 2
Tri-City Christian 12, Lutheran 4
Sat., May 26
Third Round Division 1
Carlsbad 4, Torrey Pines 2 (8 inn.)
Rancho Buena Vista 4, Granite Hills 0 Division 2
Westview 4, Steele Canyon 3
Valhalla 5, Helix 3 Division 3
University City 7, Clairemont 6
El Capitan 2, West Hills 0 Division 4
Valley Center 6, Imperial 0
La Jolla Country Day 7, Escondido Charter 3 Division 5
Christian 8, Tri-City Christian 4
Horizon 11, Foothills Christian 5
Tue., May 29
Fourth Round Division 1
Carlsbad 1, Vista 0
Rancho Buena Vista 1, Mira Mesa 0, forfeit (self-reported ineligible
player) Division 2
Rancho Bernardo 13, Westview 4
La Costa Canyon 9, Valhalla 3 Division 3
Cathedral Catholic 2, University City 1
El Capitan 7, St. Augustine 5 Division 4
Santa Fe Christian 5, Valley Center 0 Madison
8, La Jolla Country Day 3 Division 5
Vista-Calvary Christian 7, Horizon 6
The Rock 3, Christian 0
Thurs., May 31
Fifth Round /Playback Finals
Division 1 Vista
3, Carlsbad 1 Division 3
El Capitan 3, St. Augustine 1
Fri., June 1
Championship, at Eastlake
Vista-Calvary Christian 8, The Rock 4
Sat., June 2
At San Diego State
Santa Fe Christian 3, Madison 2 Division 3
Cathedral Catholic 3, El Capitan 1 Division 2
La Costa Canyon 7, Rancho Bernardo 6 (10 inn.)
Wed., Feb. 29
St. Augustine 4, Chula Vista 3 (8 inn.)
Thurs., Mar. 1
Calvin Christian 8, River Valley 0
St. Augustine 5, San Marcos 4 (8 inn.)
Vista-Calvary Chr. 14, Crawford 0
Sat., Mar. 3
Helix 12, Santana 9
Grossmont 15, Mater Dei Catholic 2
Steele Canyon 11, Coronado 1
Eastlake 8, Monte Vista 1
Montgomery 10, Serra 2 Non-League
CV-High Tech 17, Foothills Christian 9 (game one; second game, ccd.) Falcon-Pirate Classic
Scripps Ranch 13, El Camino 8
Santa Fe Christian 7, Vista-Calvary Chr. 2 Whitaker Classic
St. Augustine 12, University City 4
Tue., Mar. 6
Bullys East/Andy Sanchez Memorial
Mount Miguel 5, Clairemont 0
West Hills 4, La Jolla 1
Patrick Henry 14, Mission Hills 2
Mira Mesa 8, Olympian 2
Castle Park 10, Morse 2 Hilltop Lolitas Tournament
Poway 2, Valhalla 1
El Capitan 7, Rancho Buena Vista 6
Granite Hills 13, La Costa Canyon 6 Christian Patriot Invitational
Christian 5, Lincoln 3
Horizon 16, El Cajon Valley 0 Pirate-Falcon Tournament
Canyon Crest 3, Scripps Ranch 1 Whitaker Classic
St. Augustine 10, Francis Parker 3
Wed., Mar. 7
Eastlake 3, Helix 1
Grossmont 8, Coronado 7
Vista 5, Steele Canyon 3
Montgomery 7, Monte Vista 1
Santana 9, San Ysidro 6
Serra 3, Ramona 2 Non-League
Guajome Park 4, Calvin Christian 1
Vista-Calvary Christiann 6, El Camino 5
Crawford 7, River Valley (Lakeside) 1
Thurs., Mar. 8 Hilltop Lolitas Tournament
Granite Hills 9, Rancho Bernardo 5
La Costa Canyon 9, Valhalla 3
Bonita Vista 4, El Capitan 2
Bullys East/Andy Sanchez Memorial
Mount Miguel 6, Mar Vista 5
Otay Ranch 3, West Hills 1
Morse 8, Sweetwater 4
Madison 10, Patrick Henry 4
Mira Mesa 1, Mt. Carmel 0 Christian Patriot Invitational
Christian 4, Horizon 2
Mtn. Empire 19, El Cajon Valley 1 Eagles Classic
Foothills Christian 9, SD-High Tech 6 Whitaker Classic
St. Augustine 5, Mission Bay 3 Falcon-Pirate Tournament
Scripps Ranch 3, Fallbrook 2 Non-League
River Valley 16, Ocean View Christian 6 (first win by Leopards since
Fri., Mar. 9
Helix 6, La Jolla Country Day 4
Grossmont 13, San Ysidro 6
Santana 9, Steele Canyon 8 (8 inn.)
Ramona 6, Monte Vista 4 (9 inn.) Non-League
Guajome Park 10, Julian 0
Lutheran 13, Vincent Memorial 4
Sat., Mar. 10
Bullys East/Andy Sanchez Memorial
Mount Miguel 10, Kearny 0
Madison 8, West Hills 6
Patrick Henry 11, La Jolla 2
Mira Mesa 17, Mar Vista 6 Hilltop Lolitas Tournament
Hilltop 2, Valhalla 0
Rancho Buena Vista 5, Granite Hills 4
El Capitan 6, Rancho Bernardo 5 Foothiller-Aztec Classic
Coronado 2, Santana 0
Helix 13, Ramona 11 (10 inn.)
Steele Canyon 16, Mater Dei 1 (6 inn.)
Vista 7, Grossmont 3
San Ysidro 11, Monte Vista 6 Christian Patriot Invitational
Holtville 15, El Cajon Valley 4 (5 inn.)
Christian 15, Mtn. Empire 14 Eagles Classic
Foothills Christian 3, Guajome Park 2 Falcon-Pirate Tournament
Fallbrook 9, Vista-Calvary Christian 0 Whitaker Classic
St. Augustine 7, Mission Bay 5
Mon., Mar. 12
Foothills Christian 14, Calipatrio 8
River Valley 9, Borrego Springs 6
Tue., Mar. 13
Bullys East/Andy Sanchez Memorial
SD-Southwest 11, Mount Miguel 3
West Hills 5, Patrick Henry 4
Mira Mesa 2, Madison 0
Mar Vista 8, Morse 3 Hilltop Lolitas Tournament
Cathedral Catholic 6, Valhalla 0
El Capitan 2, Hilltop 0
Granite Hills 2, Bonita Vista 1 (8 inn.) Christian Patriot Invitational
Christian 33, El Cajon Valley 1 (5 inn.) Pirate-Falcon Tournament
Oceanside 11, Scripps Ranch 0
Wed., Mar. 14
Helix 3, Monte Vista 1
Grossmont 8, Santana 3
Steele Canyon 5, Serra 2
Foothills Christian 6, Calvin Christian 0
Thurs., Mar. 15
Bullys East/Andy Sanchez Memorial
Mount Miguel 21, Hoover 0 (3 inn., Hoover vacated)
West Hills 5, Olympian 4
Mira Mesa 3, Otay Ranch 2
Patrick Henry 10, Mt. Carmel 1 Hilltop Lolitas Tournament
Rancho Bernardo 10, Valhalla 3
El Capitan 5, Granite Hills 0 Christian Patriot Invitational
Lincoln 11, El Cajon Valley 2
Holtville 6, Christian 3 Non-League
Santa Fe Christian 8, Scripps Ranch 2
Lutheran 16, SD-Calvary Christian 4
Fri., Mar. 16 Hilltop Lolitas Tournament Championship
El Capitan 3, Cathedral Catholic 0 Bullys East/Andy Sanchez Memorial
West Hills at Madison, ccd. (continuation of protested game from Mar.
10 will not be played)
Championship: Mira Mesa 2, Westview 1 Non-League
St. Augustine 11, Mater Dei 1
Sat., Mar. 17
Bullys East/Andy Sanchez Memorial
Championship, moved to Fri., Mar. 16 Hilltop Lolitas Tournament
Championship, moved to Fri., Mar. 16 Foothiller-Aztec Classic
Championship: Vista vs. Eastlake, at Grossmont, ppd., rain Christian Patriot Invitational
Championship: Lincoln at Christian, ppd., rain Eagles Classic
Foothills Christian at CV-High Tech, ppd., rain (moved to Mar. 24)
Mon., Mar. 19
City Conference Tournament
Christian at Kearny, ppd., rain (moved to Sat., Mar. 24, 10 a.m.)
Tue., Mar. 20
Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament
El Capitan 6, Valhalla 0
West Hills at Monte Vista, ppd., wet grounds (moved to Wed., Mar. 21)
Helix at Steele Canyon, ppd., wet grounds (moved to Wed., Mar. 21)
Grossmont at Mount Miguel, ppd., wet grounds (moved to Wed., Mar. 21)
Granite Hills at Santana, ppd., wet grounds (moved to Fri., Mar. 23) Non-League
El Cajon Valley vs. River Valley, at Santee Sportsplex USA, ppd., wet
grounds (moved to Mar. 21)
Wed., Mar. 21
Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament Mount Miguel 12, Grossmont 11 (from Mar. 20) Steele Canyon 8, Helix 7 (from Mar. 20) Monte Vista 5, West Hills 1 (from Mar. 20)
Tri-City Christian 4, Foothills Christian 3 City Conference Tournament
Christian 11, Hoover 0 Non-League
El Cajon Valley 10, River Valley 2 (from Mar. 20)
Thurs., Mar. 22
Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament
Granite Hills 9, Mount Miguel 2
West Hills 6, Steele Canyon 5
Valhalla 5, Santana 1
El Capitan 8, Helix 4
Grossmont 10, Monte Vista 1
Fri., Mar. 23
Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament
Granite Hills 6, Santana 3 (from Mar. 20) City Conference Tournament
Christian 7, Lincoln 2
St. Augustine 2, Point Loma 1
Coronado 2, Scripps Ranch 1
Clairemont 3, Serra 2
La Jolla 14, Morse 1
Cathedral Catholic 2, Mira Mesa 0
University City 8, Patrick Henry 5 Non-League
Foothills Christian 12, El Cajon Valley 1 (5 inn., darkness) North County Tournament
Vista-Calvary Christian 3, Mt. Carmel 1
Sat., Mar. 24
Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament
Mount Miguel 3, West Hills 2
Valhalla 5, Steele Canyon 1
El Capitan 2, Granite Hills 1
Grossmont 12, Santana 1
Helix 13, Monte Vista 2 City Conference Tournament
Kearny 4, Christian 3 (from Mar. 19)
Cathedral Catholic 3, St. Augustine 2 (8 inn.)
Cathedral Catholic 2, Mira Mesa 0
Patrick Henry 14, Coronado 1 Eagles Classic
CV-High Tech 11, Foothills Christian 8 (from Mar. 16)
Mon., Mar. 26
City Conference Tournament Christian at Morse, ppd., wet grounds (moved to Thurs., Mar. 29)
Foothills Christian at Julian, ppd., rain/wet grounds (moved to Thurs.,
Tue., Mar. 27
Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament
West Hills 4, Santana 3
Monte Vista 8, Valhalla 2
Grossmont 7, El Capitan 2
Steele Canyon 3, Granite Hills 0
Mount Miguel at Helix, ppd. (moved to Mar. 28) City Conference Tournament
Serra 10, Kearny 0
Scripps Ranch 7, Point Loma 1 Non-League
Mira Mesa 14, Eastlake 6
River Valley 15, El Cajon Valley 5 (5 inn.)
Wed., Mar. 28
Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament
Helix 13, Mount Miguel 1 (from Mar. 27)
City Conference Tournament
Clairemont 3, Christian 1
Thurs., Mar. 29
Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament
Valhalla 2, Mount Miguel 1
El Capitan 5, West Hills 4 (8 inn.)
Monte Vista 4, Granite Hills 1
Helix 6, Santana 1
Grossmont 8, Steele Canyon 6 City Conference Tournament Christian 9, Morse 3 (from Mar. 26) Patrick Henry 5, Mission Bay 4
St. Augustine 6, University City 0
Citrus West League
Guajome Park 8, Ocean View Christian 1
Foothills Christian at Julian, ppd. (from Mar. 26; new date TBA)
Borrego Springs 7, River Valley 2
Fri., Mar. 30
Foothills Christian 29, CV-Calvary Chr. 2
Sat., Mar. 31
Bill Dickens Grossmont Conference Tournament Championship
El Capitan 11, Grossmont 6 (11 inn.) City Conference Tournament Championships
Madison 4, Clairemont 1
Cathedral Catholic 8, St. Augustine 4
Mon., Apr. 2
62nd Annual Lions Tournament Classic Division
El Capitan 1, Elk Grove 0
LV- Silverado 8, Granite Hills 6
Torrey Pines 3, Grossmont 1
Rancho Bernardo 4, Helix 0 Premier Division
Valhalla 11, Point Loma 7 Division 6A
Patrick Henry 6, Monte Vista 1
Temecula Valley 3, Steele Canyon 2 Division 5A
West Hills 5, Visalia-El Diamante 4 Division 4A
Granada Hills 2, Santana 0
Mount Miguel 1, Broomfield (Colo.) 0 Division 3A
Christian 11, Sweetwater 2 Division 2A
Imperial 14, El Cajon Valley 0 Division 1A
Chatsworth-Sierra Canyon 3, Foothills Christian 2
Tue., Apr. 3
62nd Annual Lions Tournament Classic Division
Helix 8, Fresno-Bullard 2
Granite Hills 2, Kennedy 1
El Camino Real 3, Grossmont 2
La Costa Canyon 3, El Capitan 2 Premier Division
Eastlake 4, Valhalla 3 Division 6A
Rancho Buena Vista 5, Monte Vista 2
Steele Canyon 10, El Camino 1
Santa Fe Christian 2, Patrick Henry 0
St. Augustine 12, Mission Hills 1 Division 5A
West Hills 21, Calexico 2 (6 inn.)
Escondido 7, Serra 4 Division 4A
Santana 1, Palm Springs 0
Mount Miguel 11, Lincoln 5 Division 3A
Christian 3, The Bishops 0
Vista-Calvary Christian 10, LV-Del Sol 1 Division 2A
Brentwood 9, El Cajon Valley 2
Morse 4, Guajome Park 1
Foothills Christian 15, Crawford 10
Wed., Apr. 4
62nd Annual Lions Tournament Classic Division
El Capitan 3, LV-Green Valley 2 (8 inn.)
Montgomery 7, Grossmont 1
Granite Hills 10, Poway 1
Cathedral Catholic 4, Helix 3 (8 inn.) Premier Division
Valhalla 5, Pacific Palisades 1 Division 6A
Steele Canyon 15, Mission Bay 0
Rancho Buena Vista 7, Patrick Henry 3
Monte Vista 12, Santa Fe Christian 4
Mira Mesa 3, Vista 1
St. Augustine 11, Nevada Union 5 Division 5A
West Hills 12, Mar Vista 5
Serra 3, Oceanside 2 Division 4A
Hilltop 6, Mount Miguel 0
Santana 10, Olympian 2 Division 3A
Christian 8, Capistrano Valley Christian 5
Vista-Calvary Christian 3, Valley Center 2
SD-Southwest 15, El Cajon Valley 1 Cabrillo 18, Morse 11 Division 1A
Mountain Empire 4, Foothills Christian 2
Thurs., Apr. 5
62nd Annual Lions Tournament
Classic Division, at Point Loma Nazarene
Semi: El Capitan 5, Granite Hills 4
Semi: Cathedral Catholic 5, Torrey Pines 4
Final: Cathedral Catholic 4, El Capitan 1 Premier Division at Grossmont College
Semi: Valhalla 16, Temecula-Chaparral 6
Semi: Scripps Ranch df. San Diego HS
Final: Valhalla 21, Scripps Ranch 10 Division 6A at Hickman Field
Semi: Rancho Buena Vista 1, St. Augustine 0
Semi: Vista 4, Temecula Valley 0
Final: Vista 8, Rancho Buena Vista 1 Division 5A at Cathedral Catholic
Semi: Oceanside 4, West Hills 3
Semi: University City df. Taft
Final: University City 13, Oceanside 3 Division 4A at Coronado
Semi: Granada Hills df. Hilltop
Semi: Westview 3, La Jolla 2
Final: Westview 8, Granada Hills 0 Division 3A, at Alliant Int'l. Univ.
Semi: Vista-Calvary Christian 3, Christian 2
Semi: Francis Parker 5, EC-Southwest 1
Final: Vista-Calvary Chr. 6, Francis Parker 1 Division 2A at Grossmont High
Final: Linfield Christian 3, Cabrillo 0
(Semis not reported) Division 1A at San Diego High
Final: Sierra Canyon 10, Enterprise 1 Consolation Games
LV-Green Valley 6, Grosmsont 3
Helix 21, San Ysidro 0
Mon., Apr. 9
St. Augustine 10, Christian 0
Mira Mesa 10, Scripps Ranch 3
Patrick Henry 13, Morse 6
Serra, bye Non-League
Monte Vista 9, Kearny 1
Crawford, 9, River Valley 8
Wed., Apr. 11
Christian vs. St. Augustine, ppd.,, wet grounds (moved to Apr. 16, Hickman
Field, 3 p.m.)
Patrick Henry 8, Morse 2
Mira Mesa at Scripps Ranch, ppd., wet grounds Non-League
Mount Miguel 3, Eastlake 3, tie (14 inn., darkness)
Serra at Bonita Vista, ppd., wet grounds
SD-High Tech at River Valley, ppd., wet grounds
Thurs., Apr. 12
Citrus West League
Foothills Christian 14, Ocean View Chr. 5 Non-League
El Capitan 9, Point Loma 2
Francis Parker 7, Christian 1
Vista-Calvary Christian 17, Horizon 1
Fri., Apr. 13
Patrick Henry 10, Serra 0
Christian at Morse, ppd., rain (moved to Mon, Apr. 30, 3 p.m.) Non-League
Monte Vista at Mira Mesa, ppd., rain
Sat., Apr. 14
Grossmont Hills League
Steele Canyon 5, Valhalla 4 (second game, ppd., rain)
Granite Hills 14, West Hills 2 (second game, ppd., rain)
Helix at Grossmont (DH), ppd., rain (moved to Fri ., May 4.; and Mon,
May 14, both at 4 p.m.)
Grossmont Valley League
Monte Vista at Santana, ppd., rain (moved to Mon, May 14, 4 p.m.)
Mount Miguel at El Cajon Valley, ppd., rain (moved to Apr. 18, 4 p.m.) Non-League
El Capitan 4-0, La Jolla Country Day 3-1
Foothills Christian 10, Calvin Christian 1
Mon. Apr. 16 Eastern League
St. Augustine 7, Christian 0 (from Apr. 11)
Patrick Henry 10, Serra 0 Non-League
Ocean View Christian 13, River Valley 9
Tue., Apr. 17
Grossmont Hills League
Steele Canyon 12, West Hills 5
Granite Hills 8, Grossmont 1
Helix 3, Valhalla 1 Grossmont Valley League
Mount Miguel 23, El Cajon Valley 3
Monte Vista 6, Santana 2
Wed., Apr. 18
Christian 9, Morse 2
St. Augustine 11, Scripps Ranch 5 Grossmont Valley League
Mount Miguel 14, El Cajon Valley 0 (6 inn.) (from Apr. 14) Non-League
Foothills Christian 9, Tri-City Christian 2 Citrus West League
Guajome Park 5, Lutheran 1 Frontier League
Gompers Prep at River Valley, no report
Thurs., Apr. 19
Grossmont Hills League
Steele Canyon 7, West Hills 1
Granite Hills 8, Grossmont 3
Helix 5, Valhalla 3 Grossmont Valley League
El Capitan 16, Santana 0
Monte Vista 23, El Cajon Valley 0 Citrus West League
Vista-Calvary Chr. 12, Ocean View Chr. 0
Guajome Park 5, Lutheran 1
Fri., Apr. 20
Eastern League Patrick Henry 10, Christian 4
Serra 7, Scripps Ranch 0
Mira Mesa 5, Morse 3
Citrus West League
Foothills Christian 9, Lutheran 0
Vista-Calvary Chr. 9, Guajome Park 0 (6 inn.) Frontier League
CV-High Tech 12, River Valley 11
Sat., Apr. 21
Grossmont Hills League
West Hills 10, Valhalla 1
Helix 10, Granite Hills 5
Steele Cyn. 12, Grossmont 1 Grossmont Valley League
El Capitan 6, Santana 1
Monte Vista 26, ECVHS 4 Non-League
Patrick Henry 2, San Diego HS 1
Mon., Apr. 23
Patrick Henry 5, Christian 4 (9 inn.)
Mira Mesa 14, Morse 2
Scripps Ranch 13, Serra 7
Tue., Apr. 24
Grossmont Hills League
Valhalla 6, West Hills 2
Granite Hills 4, Helix 1
Steele Canyon 10, Grossmont 0 Grossmont Valley League
Monte Vista 19, Mount Miguel 2
El Capitan 22, El Cajon Valley 0 Citrus West League
Guajome Park 14, Ocean View Christian 1 Non-League
Lutheran 7, San Diego Jewish 6
Wed., Apr. 25
Citrus West League
Vista-Calvary Christian 7, Foothills Christian 0 Eastern League
St. Augustine 9, Morse 3
Mira Mesa 10, Serra 1
Scripps Ranch 9, Patrick Henry 5 Frontier League
The Rock df. River Valley, forfeit Non-League
Escondido Charter 6, Christian 5
Thurs., Apr. 26
Grossmont Hills League
West Hills at Grossmont, ppd., wet grounds (to Fri., Apr 27)
Valhalla at Granite Hills, ppd., wet grounds (to Fri., Apr 27)
Steele Canyon at Helix, ppd., wet grounds (to Mon., Apr 30) Grossmont Valley League
El Cajon Valley at El Capitan, ppd., wet grounds (to Fri., Apr 27) Non-League
Oceanside 5, Vista-Calvary Christian 1
Tri-City Christian 8, Guajome Park 4
Fri., Apr. 27
Grossmont Hills League
West Hills 5, Grossmont 1 (from Apr.26)
Granite Hills 4, Valhalla 3 (from Apr.26)
Grossmont Valley League
El Capitan 13, El Cajon Valley 0 (from Apr. 26)
Mount Miguel 3, Monte Vista 3 (At Petco Park)
Citrus West League
Foothills Christian df. Ocean View Christian, forfeit
Lutheran df. Guajome Park, forfeit Eastern League
Scripps Ranch 12, Patrick Henry 5
St. Augustine 25, Morse 1 Frontier League
River Valley at SD-High Tech, no report
Sat., Apr. 28
Grossmont Hills League
West Hills 7, Grossmont 3
Valhalla 3, Granite Hills 2
Helix 4, Steele Canyon 1 Grossmont Valley League
El Capitan 12, Mount Miguel 1
Santana 27, El Cajon Valley 0 Eastern League
Mira Mesa 2, Serra 1 (8 inn.) Non-League
St. Augustine 8-8, Santa Fe Christian 7-5
Mon., Apr. 30
Grossmont Hills League Helix 7, Steele Canyon 1 (from Apr. 26)
Christian 9, Morse 2 (from Apr. 13)
Crawford 7, Foothills Christian 4
Tue., May 1
Grossmont Hills League
West Hills 4, Helix 3 (9 inn.)
Granite Hills 7, Steele Canyon 5 (9 inn.)
Valhalla 4, Grossmont 3 Grossmont Valley League
El Capitan 6, Mount Miguel 3
Santana 19, El Cajon Valley 0 Eastern League
Mira Mesa 9, Scripps Ranch 2
Wed., May 2
Mira Mesa 9, Christian 4
St. Augustine 9, Patrick Henry 3
Serra 9, Morse 1 Citrus West League
Guajome Park 3, Foothills Christian 2
Vista-Calvary Christian 5, Lutheran 0 Frontier League
Maranatha Christian at River Valley, no report
Thurs., May 3
Grossmont Hills League
West Hills 5, Helix 1
Valhalla 6, Grossmont 4
Granite Hills 2, Steele Canyon 1
Grossmont Valley League
El Capitan 2, Monte Vista 1
Santana 6, Mount Miguel 6, tie (12 inn., darkness) Eastern League
St. Augustine 7, Scripps Ranch 1
Fri., May 4 Grossmont Hills League
Helix 10, Grossmont 9 (from Apr. 14) Steele Canyon 11, Valhalla 5 (from Apr. 14)
Granite Hills 5, West Hills 1 (from Apr. 14)
Mira Mesa 2, Christian 0
Patrick Henry 2, St. Augustine 0
Serra 13, Morse 7 Citrus West League
Vista-Calvary Chr, 23, Ocean View Chr. 1 Non-League
Foothills Christian 2, El Cajon Valley 1
Mon., May 7
Scripps Ranch 7, Rancho Buena Vista 2 Frontier League
River Valley 14, Marantha Christian 1
Tue., May 8
Grossmont Hills League
Helix 5, Grossmont 4 (10 inn.)
Granite Hills 13, West Hills 6
Steele Canyon 8, Valhalla 7 Grossmont Valley League
Santana 5, Monte Vista 4
Mount Miguel 21, El Cajon Valley 3 (5 inn.) Citrus West League
Lutheran 8, Ocean View Chrisitan 3
Wed., May 9
Serra 13, Christian 1
St. Augustine 4, Mira Mesa 3 (8 inn.)
Scripps Ranch 16, Morse 1 Citrus West League
Vista-Calvary Chr.14, Foothills Christian 0
Thurs., May 10
Grossmont Hills League
West Hills 5, Steele Canyon 4
Helix 9, Valhalla 6
Granite Hills 10, Grossmont 3
Grossmont Valley League
El Capitan 9, Santana 0
Monte Vista 17, El Cajon Valley 0
Fri., May 11
Christian 5, Serra 4
Mira Mesa 2, St. Augustine 1
Morse 8, Scripps Ranch 7 Citrus West League
Foothills Christian 2, Lutheran 1 (9 inn.)
Vista-Calvary Christian 6, Guajome Park 0 Citrus East League
Mountain Empire 24, Borrego Springs 6 Frontier League
The Rock 21, River Valley 0
Sat., May 12
Grossmont Hills League
West Hills 7, Valhalla 1
Granite Hills 8, Helix 1
Steele Canyon 7, Grossmont 1 Grossmont Valley League
Mount Miguel 4, Monte Vista 0
El Capitan 24, El Cajon Valley 1 (6 inn.)
Christian Patriots Tournament Championship
Christian 13, Lincoln 8 (from Mar. 17) Non-League
Horizon 7, Morse 6
Julian 7, River Valley 0
Mon., May 14
Scripps Ranch 8, Christian 7
Mira Mesa 6, Patrick Henry 3
St. Augustine 12, Serra 0 Grossmont Hills League
Helix 10, Grossmont 1 (from Apr. 14) Grossmont Valley League
Santana 4, Monte Vista 1 (from Apr. 14)
Tue., May 15
Grossmont Hills League
West Hills 6, Grossmont 4
Helix 3, Steele Canyon 2
Granite Hills 5, Valhalla 0 Grossmont Valley League
El Capitan 12, Mount Miguel 3
Santana 15, El Cajon Valley 0 (5 inn.) Citrus West League
Vista-Calvary Christian 5, Lutheran 0
Wed., May 16
Scripps Ranch 6, Christian 5
St. Augustine 8, Serra 1
Mira Mesa 3, Patrick Henry 2 Citrus West League
Foothills Christian 13, Guajome Park 2
Thurs., May 17
Grossmont Hills League
Helix 5, West Hills 2
Valhalla 4, Grossmont 2
Steele Canyon 7, Granite Hills 6 Grossmont Valley League
Santana 10, Mount Miguel 3
El Capitan 7, Monte Vista 1 (8 inn.) Non-League
Vista-Calvary Chr. 4, La Jolla Country Day 3
Lutheran 15, San Diego Jewish 5
END REGULAR SEASON