East County Sports

ROUNDUP: Hel, Chr, San, GH, WH, SC, Gro, EC, Val, MV, MM



By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com


SANTA MARIA (4-1-16) — The Central California air has been positive for the Helix Highlanders, who have posted three straight victories in the Righetti Spring Classic.

In a stalwart performance by UCLA-bound JACK STRONACH the Highlanders edged the Calabasas Coyotes 1-0 in Thursday’s (Mar. 31) final round of pool play. Stronach pitched a complete game 4-hitter with 6 strikeouts to propel the Highlanders into Friday’s semifinal against Alemany High at 10 a.m.

If the Highlanders win that contest, they’ll play for the tournament championship at 4 p.m. on Friday.

Helix scored the only run of the game in the fourth inning as MATTHEW RICHARDSON reached base on an error by the center fielder and scored on a double by CONNOR KONISHI.

Stronach needed 99 pitches to complete the shutout victory while raising his record to 2-1.


CHRISTIAN 11, FRANCIS PARKER 5 – The Christian High Patriots stepped into their batting shoes and came out swinging in Thursday’s (Mar. 31) Bill Dickens-City East Classic. The Patriots pounded out 14 hits and scored in five out of six innings.

The Patriots snapped a 3-3 tie in the third inning. With two outs JAKOB BECK singled, advanced to second on a wild pitch and scored on a single by winning pitcher NATHAN JARVIS. NATE CAZARES laced a triple to score Jarvis to expand the Christian lead to 5-3. He eventually scored on a wild pitch.

Christian broke the game open with 4 in the fourth. ZACH HOGUEISSON led off with his second home run of the season over the right center field fence.

“That ball had to go at least 390,” said Christian coach MIKE MITCHELL.

The Patriots continued their rally on singles by JUSTIN LEDGERWOOD and GARRETT NIELSEN.  JOHN GERSHOW was hit by a pitch to load the bases and Beck slashed a 2-run single. Jarvis then grounded out to score a run.

In the fifth Gershow slapped an RBI single to center field.

Jarvis pitched the first four innings to earn his second win in three decisions, allowing 5 hits and only one earned run. LUKE GENTRY pitched two shutout innings out of the bullpen.

Christian collected 14 hits as CHASE WEHSENER, Ledgerwood, Beck and Cazares pitched in 2 hits apiece.

By Bill Dickens, © EastCountySports.com


SANTANA 5, UNIVERSITY CITY 0 – DAULTON BARRY twirled a powerful pitching performance in the Sultans shutout conquest of University City in Thursday’s (Mar. 31) Bill Dickens-City East Classic action. He scattered 6 hits and struck out 8 in 6 2/3 innings to post his second win in three decisions. BRANDON MOSBURG got the final strikeout to end the game.

“Barry did a good job of throwing strike one,” said Sultans coach RIGO LEDEZMA. “That allowed him to stay ahead in the count. He was able to throw any pitch for a count, no matter what the count was. That made him that much more effective because it kept them off-stride all night.”

NOAH NUNEZ was 2-for-2 with a triple and 3 RBI and leadoff man TRISTEN SALINAS was 2-for-4 with a run scored.

In the third inning Santana took the lead as REECE HERNANDEZ was hit by a pitch and eventually scored on a wild pitch. NIKOLAS MORA drew a bases loaded walk to make it 2-0.

Santana capitalized on two errors and a 2-run triple by Nunez to put the game away in the fourth inning.

For good measure in the sixth inning the Sultans put together singles by MITCHELL MILLER, Salinas and Hernandez coupled with a sacrifice fly by Nunez.

By Bill Dickens, © EastCountySports.com


LA JOLLA 5, GRANITE HILLS 4 – Make no mistake about it, Granite Hills senior DILLAN SHRUM is arguably the top hitter in East County.

Shrum, who was 3-for-3 with a double and a triple in Thursday’s (Mar. 31) loss to La Jolla in the Bill Dickens-City East Classic, owns a .514 batting average with 4 home runs and 14 RBI.

Granite Hills broke out of the gate with 3 runs in the top of the first inning.

JOSH VERDON singled and advanced to second on a single by Shrum. DARIEN COSSIO grounded out to advance the runners and SEAN ROSS hit a line drive to left field to score Verdon. ANDREW BROWN hit a sacrifice fly to plate Shrum, and BLAKE ST. CLAIR slashed a single to score Ross.

That would be all the scoring for the Eagles until the seventh inning. Shrum hit a line drive triple to right field and scored on a sacrifice fly by Cossio. The Eagles went on to put the tying run on third base but couldn’t get the big hit. Ross tried to steal home but was put out on the play.

By Bill Dickens, © EastCountySports.com


WEST HILLS 4, SCRIPPS RANCH 2 (8 inn.) – JEREMIAH BARR belted a 2-run walkoff home run over the center field fence in the bottom of the eighth inning to give the Wolf Pack an impressive victory in Thursday’s (Mar. 31) Bill Dickens-City East Classic action.

It was Barr’s third home run of the season.

“It is no surprise to any of us that Barr was able to get a pitch to drive out of the ballpark,” said West Hills coach MICKEY DEUTSCHMAN. “It’s a great feeling and a great job by our ballclub. Spirits are high.”

GABRIEL SCHUBERT pitched 5 2/3 innings and AARON BARKLEY pitched the final 2 1/3 innings to earn his third win in as many decisions.

By Bill Dickens, © EastCountySports.com


STEELE CANYON 3, MADISON 3 (12 inn.) –  In a battle of frustration the Cougars of Steele Canyon fought Madison to a draw. The teams wrestled for 12 innings and still couldn’t come out with a winner in Thursday’s (Mar. 31) Bill Dickens-City East Classic.

Most likely the game will remain as a tie in determining which teams will advance to the championship game.

The Cougars received a powerful pitching performance by LANDON SCHIRER who worked 7-plus innings, allowed only 3 runs and struck out 11.

Relievers MICHAEL FITCH pitched in with a shutout inning and TYLER LUBAN blanked the Warhawks on 3 hits over the final four frames.

Not to be overlooked for Madison was the relief work of David Lantz who pitched the final 8 2/3 shutout innings.

Steele Canyon took the early lead as MATTHEW BAGDASAR opened the game with a triple and scored on a groundout by AVERY TUCK.

In the fourth inning JOSH ESQUIBEL singled, SERGIO ALCARAZ singled and then they pulled a double steal. TREVOR ROW walked to load the bases. LUKE ARIAS then singled to right center to score one run and a second run scored on an error by the center fielder to put the Cougars on top 3-2.

Alcaraz, who rejoined the team earlier this week, was 3-for-6, while Arias was 3-for-5, Esquibel was 2-for-6.

By Bill Dickens, © EastCountySports.com


ST. AUGUSTINE 5, GROSSMONT 3– The visiting Foothillers spoiled another stout six inning outing by JACKSON HULETT in Thursday’s (Mar. 31) Bill Dickens-City East Classic action at Hickman Field.

Two errors by the Foothillers cost Hulett two unearned run and ultimately the decision, which was his first loss in three outings.

Grossmont took the early lead with a pair of runs in the second inning on a double by JAIME ARREOLA.

St. Augustine capitalized on two throwing errors to push across 3 runs and take a 3-2 lead in the fourth inning.

Grossmont fought back to tie it in the sixth. ADAM LOPEZ doubled and advanced to third on a base hit by CALVIN FARRIS. Lopez scored when KYLE PINEDA hit into a fielder’s choice to lock the game at 3-3.

Saints put the game away in the bottom of the sixth inning with 2 tallies – a single, a double and a sacrifice fly.

By Bill Dickens, © EastCountySports.com


CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC 4, EL CAPITAN 3 – El Capitan starter TRISTAN DUNCAN issued four walks in Thursday’s (Mar. 31) Bill Dickens-City East Classic, and all of them came home to roost.

It’s like an old adage that says free passes make it around the bases, and such was the case and cost the Vaqueros a narrow loss to highly regarded Cathedral.

Despite the loss El Capitan coach CLAYTON CURO can see the clearing beyond the storm.

“We’re starting to come around with the bats and its helping us climb out of the hole,” Curo said.

The Vaqueros took the early lead in the first inning as KENNY OLHAUSER singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by VICTOR CARLINO, scoring on a base hit by JASON MOORMAN.

Cathedral counter punched with a single tally in the bottom of the inning.

The Vaqueros regained the lead in the second inning on a single by DYLAN WANNAMAKER and a triple off the center field fence by SEAN DUNNE.

“That was a shot – it would have definitely been out at our place,” Curo noted. “Actually if we had played this game at El Cap probably four balls would have gone out.”

With the score tied at 2-2 the Vaqueros once again took the lead in the top of the third. DAWSON McCLANAHAN singled, advanced to second on a walk to MYLES EMMERSON and scored on a single to left center by Duncan.

By Bill Dickens, © EastCountySports.com


PATRICK HENRY 5, VALHALLA 3 – For five innings the Valhalla Norsemen appeared poised to snap their season-long losing streak.

The Norsemen took a 2-0 lead in the first inning of Thursday’s (Mar. 31) Bill Dickens-City East Classic as LEWIS DIRKES doubled to center field and COLE HENDERSON was hit by a pitch. The runners advanced on a groundout. RILEY O’SULLIVAN then singled to shortstop to scored Dirkes. O’Sullivan stole second as Henderson stole home to make it 2-0.

Valhalla extended its lead with a run in the third inning. With one out CJ BROWN, Henderson and BROCK MOSIER drew back-to-back-to back walks to load the bases. Riley O’Sullivan singled to right to score Brown.

But that’s all the Norsemen would get in what appeared to be a fruitful inning.

Patrick Henry stole the game with 5 runs after two outs in the sixth inning. Trevin Esquerra kept the Patriots alive with a two out single to right. John Demos walked and then Darren Henry ripped a two-run double to right.

Suddenly the game was on the line as Tyler Lowrey walked and scored on a 2-run triple to left by Jacob Hansell. Tyler Engquist cast an insurance run with an RBI single to left.

Dirkes, Brown and Riley O’Sullivan had 2 hits apiece for the Norsemen in the losing cause.

By Bill Dickens, © EastCountySports.com


MIRA MESA 6, MONTE VISTA 2 – Once again faulty fielding cost the Monte Vista Monarchs (3-7) in Thursday’s (Mar. 31) Bill Dickens-City East Classic action in Spring Valley.

Monte Vista committed four miscues to sabotage the pitching of JUSTIN SCHWEIZER, who was tagged with 6 unearned runs and a loss in a six inning outing.

Trailing Mira Mesa (9-3) by a 6-0 count in the fourth, the Matadors finally scored as  ANTHONY ROSARIO singled, stole second and advanced to third on ANDREW GONZALES’ base hit to put runners at the corners. Rosario scored on a squeeze bunt by JUAN GUTIERREZ.

In the sixth inning Monte Vista put together consecutive singles by FRANK GUTIERREZ, Rosario and Anthony Gonzales for their second run in the long afternoon.

By Bill Dickens, © EastCountySports.com


POINT LOMA 19, MOUNT MIGUEL 0 (6 inn.) – A 7-run sixth inning by visiting Point Loma during Thursday’s (Mar. 31)  Bill Dickens-City East Classic turned the game into a major blowout of the pitching-thin Matadors.

Mount Miguel’s meager offense consisted of singles by ANGEL ABARCA and JOEL SANDOVAL.

By Bill Dickens, © EastCountySports.com

Thur., March 31, 2016
Bill Dickens-City East Classic
Francis Parker (5-5) 120 000 2 –  5  8 2
Christian      (6-6) 213 410 x – 11 14 1
Barnett, Hutchinson (4) and Campagna. 
Jarvis, Gentry (5), Ledgerwood (7) and Josephson. 
WP-Jarvis (2-1). LP-Barnett. HR-Hoguiesson (Chr-2) 4th, solo.
COUGARS 3, WARHAWKS 3 (12 inn.)
Steele Canyon (6-5-1) 100 200 000 000 – 3 11 2 
Madison       (6-3-1) 101 010 000 000 – 3 10 0
(Game called due to darkness.)
Schirer, Fitch (8), Luban (9) and Arias. 
Bovee, Lantz (4) and Rainaldi. 

Mira Mesa   (9-3) 040 200 0 – 6 10 3
Monte Vista (3-7) 000 101 0 – 2  6 4
Seegers, Bovee (7) and Espiritu. 
Schweizer, Elia (7) and DSandoval. 
WP-Seegers. LP-Schweizer (1-2).
Valhalla     (0-11) 201 000 0 – 3 8 0
Patrick Henry (4-6) 000 005 x – 5 7 0
Poe, RO’Sullivan (6) and Heider. Scott, Demos (7) and Engquest. 
WP-Scott. LP-Poe (0-3). Sv-Demos.
Granite Hills (7-5) 300 000 1 – 4 7 0
La Jolla     (10-2) 021 200 x – 5 7 1
Burton, Hazelhurst (4) and Fenn. 
Fudge, Wintringer (5), Scoppettuolo (6) and Wintringer, Brown (5). 
WP-Scoppettuolo. LP-Burton (2-1).
POINTERS 19, MATADORS 0 (6 inn.)
Point Loma   (7-4) 444 007 – 19 16 0
Mount Miguel (2-8) 000 000 -  0  2 3
(Called after six innings.)
Sardo and Berry. 
Montijo, Richardson (2), Conwright (6), JSandoval (6)
 and JSandoval, Camacho (6). HR-Young (PtL) 2nd, two on.

Grossmont     (6-4) 020 001 0 – 3 4 2
St. Augustine (9-2) 000 302 x – 5 7 0
Hulett and Hindorff. Dolak, Wilson (6), Rhoads (7) and Gutierrez. 
WP-Wilson. LP-Hulett (2-1). Sv-Rhoads.
El Capitan (4-6) 111 000 0 – 3 6 0
Cathedral  (9-3) 110 110 x – 4 8 2
Duncan, Roberson (6) and Moorman. Price and Polinsky. 
WP-Price. LP-Duncan (1-3).
WOLF PACK 4, FALCONS 2 (8 inn.)
Scripps Ranch (7-4) 200 000 00 – 2 West Hills    (6-4) 100 100 02 – 4 Scripps Ranch battery N/A. Shubert, Barkley (6) and catcher N/A. WP-Barkley (3-0). LP-N/A. HR-Barr (WH-3) 8th, one on.
University City (4-5) 000 000 0 – 0 6 2
Santana         (8-2) 002 201 x – 5 7 0
Schroeder, Waldichuk (5) and Owens. Barry, Mosburg (7) and Mora. 
WP-Barry (2-1). LP-Schroeder.
Righetti Spring Classic
Helix     (7-4) 000 100 0 – 1 4 3
Calabasas (6-7) 000 000 0 – 0 4 1
Stronach and Isbell. Ramirez and Luterman. 
WP-Stronach (1-1). LP-Ramirez.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *