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ROUNDUP: Eagles, Cougars, Sultans win



By Bill Dickens
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CHULA VISTA (3-10-17)  Granite Hills balanced its record at 1-1 by punching in 2 runs in the first inning of the Hilltop/Lolita’s Tournament encounter on Thursday (Mar. 9) and continuing on for a shutout win over the Barons.

TREVOR HAZELHURST (1-1) pitched a complete game, walking one and striking out 7. He needed only 74 pitches in seven innings to bite the Barons.

The Eagles’ BRAYDEN ANDERSON led off the game with a double and advanced to third on a walk by DARIEN COSSIO. Then Hazelhurst walked to load the bases. One out later, JOSH VERDON hit into a fielder’s choice, scoring Anderson. SEAN McGREW then slashed a single to left field to make it 2-0.

In the 7th inning, the Eagles tacked on two more runs. BRADLEY HARRIS singled and sprinted to third on Anderson’s second double of the game. Hazelhurst then singled up the middle, cashing in Harris and Anderson. Hazelhurst finished with 2 hits and Anderson had a pair of doubles.

STEELE CANYON 4, MISSION VISTA 1 – TYLER LUBAN pitched his second straight strong outing, raising his record to 2-0 with a 5 1/3 inning effort in Thursday’s (Mar. 9) Pirate Baseball Classic at Cougar Canyon.

Luban allowed 5 hits, no earned runs, 3 walks and 5 strikeouts as he posted his second win of the season.

TREVOR NEWBERRY spun 1/3 of an inning before LANDON SCHIRER closed it out in one inning with a strikeout to earn his first save.

All the RBI for Steele Canyon were driven in by freshmen today. DANNY YANEZ hit a triple – his first high school base hit – to drive in JONATHAN KENNEY, BILLY TELLOUS and TREVOR DICKEY to log 3 RBI.

Freshman ANTHONY MATA followed with a groundout to score Yanez.

“Key to our game was that freshmen drove in 3 runs today,” said Cougars assistant coach MARK BRUDER.

“Mata knows the game of baseball,” Bruder added. “We’re really happy with the play we’re getting out of those guys.”



SANTANA 7, RAMONA 6 – After scoring 32 runs it its first two games, Santana suddenly found itself down 4-0 after one inning of Thursday’s (Mar. 9) Hilltop/Lolita’s Tournament game.

The visiting Bulldogs maintained the 4-0 advantage through three innings.

Santana pulled out a last inning victory with 4 runs in the bottom of the 6th to knock off Ramona.

LOGAN LINSCOTT (1-0) pitched three innings, allowed one hit, one run and struck out three to earn the win.

After falling behind 4-0 early, the Santana bats came to life. TRISTEN SALINAS slugged a 2-run homer in the 4thinning following a 3-run Sultans rally in the third.

AIDEN RASMUSSON led the charge in the third with a double and 3 RBI.


POWAY 3, VALHALLA 1 — Both Poway and Valhalla were strong on the mound in Thursday’s (Mar. 9) Hilltop/Lolita Tournament game at Eric Turgeon Field. The Poway Titans, however, was just a little bit stronger at the plate in a 3-1 victory over the Valhalla Norsemen.

The Norsemen’s lone run of the game came in the 2nd on a walk to KYLE CASPER who then stole second. A single by MAX HAGEMAN plated Casper.

Poway took the lead for good with two runs in the fourth inning.

RICKY PADILLA singled off Norsemen starter CASEY O’SULLIVAN, driving in one run and ALEX ANDRANOVICH singled off reliever COLE HOWARD, driving in another run. BLAKE WAGONSELLER added a home run in the 7th for the Titans final tally.

JUSTIN MILLER notched the win for Poway. He pitched five innings, allowing no runs, one hit, striking out five. O’Sullivan (0-1) took the loss for Valhalla. He tossed three and a third innings, allowing two runs, three hits, and striking out four

Hageman went 2-for-3 with an RBI to lead the Norsemen’s attack.


HOOVER 6, MOUNT MIGUEL 5 – Mount Miguel let one slip through its fingers as they gave up a winning run on a safety squeeze, handing Hoover a 6-5 victory in Thursday’s (Mar. 9) Bully’s East Tournament contest.

The Matadors jumped out of the gate with offensive firepower as AUSTIN ORTIZ doubled and stole third, and ANDREW MONTIJO singled up the middle to make it 1-0. Then CONNOR WHITE slashed a double, scoring Montijo.

The Matadors added two more runs in the third inning. Montijo doubled and advanced to third on a passed ball. White walked and CAMERON BEAUSEC singled through the hole at shortstop. Then NICO CAMACHO singled to right to drive in White.

In the 5th inning, Montijo doubled and scored on a passed ball.

“We lost the game in the bottom of the 7th on a safety squeeze play by Hoover with bases loaded,” said Matadors coach FRANK COIT.


FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 2, CASTLE PARK 1 – Foothills Christian threw three Browns at Castle Park and the results were positive as the Knights squeezed out a 2-1 win in Thursday’s (Mar. 9) Bully’s East Tournament contest.

Leadoff hitter JALANI BROWN was 2-for-4 with a run scored in the first inning. Brown singled and stole second. JOSH GATES then singled him home.

The Knights snapped a 1-1 tie in the 6th inning. Gates hit a ground ball to second and Castle Park booted it for an error. Gates advanced to second base and a passed ball sent him to third. The next two Knights struck out, but JOE KANG slashed a single to score Gates, which proved to be the winning run.

“We had a tight one today,” said Knights coach DAVE LEWIS. “But I thing we’re going to do some damage this year.”


CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC 5, EL CAPITAN 4 – Host El Capitan scored 4 runs in the final frame but it wasn’t enough to sidetrack Cathedral Catholic as the Dons edged the Vaqueros 5-4 in Thursday’s (Mar. 9) Hilltop/Lolita’s Tournament action.


The Vaqueros attempted a comeback in the 5th inning as HUNTER MARKLE doubled and advanced a base on AUSTIN BELL’s sacrifice. After a throwing error by the Dons, TYLER LINDSAY drove in a run with a double. Then TREVOR SHENEFIELD doubled in Lindsay and JUSTIN ZAMORA doubled in a pair.


But that’s when the Vaqueros’ rally stopped.


El Capitan pitcher BAILEY ROBERSON was battered for 14 hits, but came through with big time defense as he picked off three Cathedral runners.


CANYON CREST 4, MONTE VISTA 2 – Monte Vista tumbled for the second time out of the gate, after taking a 1-0 lead in the 1st inning of Thursday’s (Mar. 9) Bully’s East Tournament game.


KRYSTIAN CAMACHO tripled and scored on a base hit by DAVID GARCIA.


In the 2nd inning with two outs, JUSTIN SCHWEIZER doubled but the Monarchs stranded him at second.


In the 3rd inning, JORDAN FRANKEN reached base on an error and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt by Camacho. Franken stole third and raced home as part of a double steal with Camacho.


Garcia led the Monarchs’ mediocre offense, going 2-for-2 with the bat.


Monte Vista got a gift from Canyon Crest by handing out an unearned run in the 4th. The key hit for Canyon Crest was a 2-run hit by Ryan Blakeman.


Thur., Mar. 9, 2017
Bully’s East Tournament
Mount Miguel (1-1) 202 010 0 – 5  9 0
Hoover       (1-1) 002 200 2 – 6 10 0
Preciado, Camacho (4) and Montijo. 
Hoover batteries not available. 
WP-Camacho. LP-N/A.

Canyon Crest (1-1) 000 102 1 – 4 4 2
Monte Vista  (1-1) 101 000 0 – 2 4 4
Bernstein and Hreha. Plazola and Sandoval. 
WP-Bernstein. LP-Plazola. 

Foothills Christian (3-0) 100 001 0 – 2 5 2
Castle Park         (1-3) 001 000 0 – 1 6 1
Smallwood, Link (5) and Wurts. 
Diaz and Cruz, Villegas (3). 
WP-Link (1-0). LP-Diaz (1-1).

Hilltop/Lolita’s Tournament
Granite Hills 1-1) 200 000 2 – 4 6 0
Bonita Vista (1-2) 000 000 0 – 0 2 0
Hazelhurst and Fenn. 
Cazares, Nankil (5), Vega (7) and N/A.
WP-Hazelhurst (1-1). LP-Cazares.

Cathedral  (2-0) 102 011 0 – 5 14 0
El Capitan (1-2) 000 004 4 – 4  7 1
Nastrini, DeFelippi (5), Straza (5) and Beccara. 
Roberson, Shenefield and Bell. 
WP-Nastrini. LP-Roberson (0-1). 

Ramona  (1-1) 400 020 0 – 6 6 x  
Santana (3-0) 000 304 x – 7 6 2
Roe, Diamond (6) and Hirsh. 
Calvert, Linscott (5) and Allen-Fox. 
HR-Salinas (Sant) 4th, one on.
WP-Linscott (1-0). LP-Diamond.

Poway    (2-0) 000 200 1 – 3 7 1
Valhalla (1-1) 010 000 0 – 1 3 3
Blaszyk, Miller (3) and Salverda, DJohnson. 
CO’Sullivan, Howard (4) and Hageman. 
HR-Wagenfeller (Pow) 7th, solo. 

36th Annual Pirate Baseball Classic
Mission Vista (1-1-1) 000 010 0 – 1 6 0
Steele Canyon   (2-1) 000 010 x – 4 6 1
Ewing, BDavis (6) and Lopez. 
Luban, Newberry (6), Schirer (7) and Arias. 
WP-Luban (2-0). LP-Ewing (0-1). Sv-Schirer (1).

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