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- Updated: March 17, 2017
2017 EAST COUNTY PREP BASEBALL
By Bill Dickens
SAN DIEGO (3-17-17) — The Monte Vista Monarchs teed off on Hoover pitching in Thursday’s (Mar. 16) Bully’s East Tournament game, collecting 18 hits in a lop-sided victory.
KRYSTIAN CAMACHO led the offensive assault, going 4-for-5 with 3 RBI, while ANDREW GONZALES was 3-for-6 with two triples and 3 runs scored for the Monarchs, who have become a team providing plenty of charge after struggling offensively a year ago.
DAVID GARCIA was 3-for-4 with 2 RBI and two doubles as Monte Vista (4-1) hammered Hoover 17-1.
JUSTIN SCHWEIZER (3-0) allowed no earned runs, 4 hits, no walks and struck out 4 in a complete-game effort.
Monte Vista has outscored their opponents 30-11.
GRANITE HILLS 6, RAMONA 4 – In a battle with Ramona, Granite Hills squeezed out a 6-4 victory in Thursday’s (Mar. 16) Hilltop-Lolita’s Tournament game.
SEAN ROSS slugged a 2-run homer in the 6th inning with a man aboard.
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BRYCE STRICKLAND doubled in the same inning and scored on a double by TREVOR OMAHEN.
In the 4th inning JOSH VERDON singled up the middle. JAKE FENN then doubled to center to score Verdon.
LA COSTA CANYON 10, VALHALLA 7 – The Valhalla Norsemen fell behind host La Costa Canyon after five innings and it appeared the Norsemen were finished on Thursday (Mar. 16) in a Hilltop-Lolita’s Tournament game.
However, the Norsemen slipped into their hitting shoes and used a free-swinging finish in a 10-7 loss against the Mavericks.
The Norsemen banged out 3 hits in the 6th and 4 in the 7th, but it wasn’t enough to overcome the lead by the top-ranked Mavericks.
“We almost had it really going,” said Valhalla coach RYAN WHEELER. “We’ve been playing some teams that are stronger, but our kids are learning. We had a better day with the defenses today.”
KYLE CASPER was 2-for-4 with 3 RBI for the Norsemen.
RILEY O’SULLIVAN was 1-for-3 with 2 runs scored and 2 RBI.
JACOB BARBA was 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored and an RBI.
JOSH HEIDER was 2-for-3 with an RBI.
RANCHO BERNARDO 10, SANTANA 3 – The Santana Sultans (4-2) have boat-raced most of the teams they have played, but could not handle Rancho Bernardo in Thursday’s (Mar. 16) Hilltop-Lolita’s Tournament, and thus will not participate in that tournament’s championship event.
Rancho Bernardo will play Cathedral Catholic for the tournament championship on Saturday (Mar. 18) at Hilltop High at 10:30 a.m.
Santana scored 35 runs in its first five games, but the fast start was foiled as the opponents scored 32 points, which handed Rancho Bernardo the championship position in the Hilltop tourney.
Santana was limited to 2 hits by the Broncos in its latest outing.
ESCONDIDO 12, FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 0 – CHRIS STALLARD banged a single in the 2nd inning and stole second base but was stranded there.
That was the extent of the Foothills Christian Knights’ offense in Thursday’s (Mar. 16) Bully’s East Tournament game.
The Knights will travel to Calvin Christian on Monday (Mar. 20) for a Crusader Baseball Classic game at 3:30.
RANCHO BUENA VISTA 14, EL CAPITAN 5 – El Capitan continues to struggle as the Vaqueros tumbled to Rancho Buena Vista in Thursday’s (Mar. 16) Hilltop-Lolita’s Tournament game.
The Longhorns slashed their way to a 7-5 lead after six innings, and then surrendered 7 runs in the final frame, finishing with 14 hits overall. El Capitan settled for 5 hits.
The Vaqueros pitching took a beating as BAILEY ROBERSON gave up 9 hits and 6 earned runs in five innings as he was tagged with the loss.
Reliever TYLER LINDSAY allowed 6 hits, 8 earned runs, 2 walks and one strikeout.
ANTHONY BENEDETTO was 3-for-3 with 2 runs scored for the Vaqueros.
Catcher AUSTIN BELL was 3-for-3 with one run scored and an RBI.
HUNTER MARKLE was 2-for-4 with an RBI in a losing cause for El Capitan.
MAR VISTA at MOUNT MIGUEL – Mount Miguel head coach FRANK COIT couldn’t believe what he saw Thursday morning (Mar. 16), specifically the shape of the Matadors’ diamond.
“The place was totally flooded,” Coit said. “The sprinklers were left on the night before by mistake, but by the time the plug was pulled it was too late for (the scheduled Bully’s East Tournament) game against Mar Vista.”
No make-up game has been scheduled as yet.
Thur., Mar. 16, 2017 Bully’s East Tournament MONARCHS 17, CARDINALS 1 Monte Vista 17 (4-1) 203 802 2 – 17 18 1 Hoover 1 100 000 0 - 1 4 5 Swchweizer and Sandoval. Castillo, Maldonado (4), Echivarria (4) and Avila. WP-Schweizer. LP-Castillo. COUGARS 12, KNIGHTS 0 Score by innings unavailable. Moskowitz, Donnelly (2) and Minjares. Eicher, Gates (3), Smallwood (6), Stallard (6) and Wurts. WP-Moskowitz. LP-Eicher (1-1). Hilltop-Lolita’s Tournament MAVERICKS 10, NORSEMEN 7 Valhalla (2-3) 000 003 4 - 7 8 5 La Costa Canyon 011 701 x – 10 8 0 CO’Sullivan, CSt.Clair (4) and Hageman, Heider (5). Rytz, Pederson (6), Jones (7) and Carattini (7), and Ritchie. WP-Rytz. LP-CO’Sullivan (0-2). EAGLES 6, BULLDOGS 4 Ramona 000 400 0 – 4 9 0 Granite Hills (3-2) 100 203 x – 6 7 2 Roe, Stacy (7) and Hirsh. Hazelhurst, King (6) and Fenn. WP-King. LP-Roe. HR-Ross (GH-1) 6th, one on. BRONCOS 10, SULTANS 3 Santana (4-2) 003 000 0 – 3 2 1 Rancho Bernardo 304 300 x – 10 12 0 Calvert, Jackson (3), Alesi (4) and Allen-Fox. Pelio, Scamons (3), Sotto (7) and O’Brien. WP-Scamons. LP-Calvert . LONGHORNS 14, VAQUEROS 5 Rancho Buena Vista 303 001 7 – 14 x x El Capitan (1-5) 002 300 0 - 5 x x RBV batteries N/A. Benedetto, Lindsay (1), Roberson (3). WP-N/A. LP-Roberson.