East County Sports

ROUNDUP: Five score Dickens tourney wins

Eastlake celebrates a run against host Helix in La Mesa on Thursday.



By Bill Dickens
© East County Sports.com


EL CAJON (3-24-17) — There’s no question that the Grossmont Foothillers have played a schedule of county ranked powers.

In Thursday’s (Mar. 23) Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament, the Foothillers proved their credibility to the Cathedral Dons as JACKSON HULETT scattered 8 hits in a shutout effort and also slugged a 2-run home run as the Foothillers rolled to a 6-0 victory.

In the first inning, Grossmont broke the game open with five runs.

GIOVANNI GIGANTI singled and advanced to second on a sacrifice bunt. Catcher KALEB TEDOKON hit into a fielder’s choice. CHRIS GIOVENGO slashed a double to left center field, scoring two runs.

JESSE GARCIA laced an RBI double to left center. Hulett then homered to make it 5-0.

Grossmont added a stinger on a home run by AUSTIN ODOM, who ripped a solo shot in the 6th inning.

“Great team win today,” said Foothillers coach JORDAN ABRUZZO, “but obviously a lot of credit goes to Jackson Hulett. Just a great performance on the mound, and offensively. He’s one of the best players in the county.”

Hulett won’t have any trouble convincing his opponents of such.


EL CAPITAN 10, ST. AUGUSTINE 6 – The El Capitan Vaqueros broke into the win column Thursday (Mar. 23) as they stunned St. Augustine in the Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament.

Each team scored 5 runs in the first inning, but the Vaqueros weren’t through as they scored 5 more in the third.

STEVIE MONTEJANO led the Vaqueros’ assault as he was 2-for-2, including a grand slam.

HUNTER MARKLE was 2-for-3 with 2 runs scored, while TYLER LINDSAY was 2-for-4 with a run scored and 2 RBI.

TREVOR SHENEFIELD was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI including a 2-run double.

BAILEY ROBERSON pitched 4 innings to earn the win, while Shenefield pitched 3 frames.


MOUNT MIGUEL 5, CORONADO 4 – Mount Miguel erupted for three runs in the 6th inning on a base hit by AUSTIN ORTIZ, and a single by CONNOR WHITE. Both scored on errors in Thursday’s (Mar. 23) Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament. ANGELO ZERTUCHE drove in another run in the 3rd.

In the 7th inning, ANDREW MONTIJO singled in a run to bring in the game-winning run.

RUBEN PRECIADO was 1-for-4 with 2 RBI.

Montijo was 1-for-3 with a run scored and an RBI, while Zertuche was 0-for-4 with an RBI and JULIUS HARRIS was 0-for-2 with an RBI.


WEST HILLS 7, PATRICK HENRY 6 – West Hills made a magnificent come-from-behind victory in Thursday’s (Mar. 23) Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament contest

High scoring innings were the order of the day in East County, and West Hills produced its share.

After Patrick Henry scored 6 runs in the 2nd inning, host West Hills matched with 6 runs also in the 2nd, and took the lead in the 3rd inning.

After a groundout, NOAH QUINTANA singled to right field. TREVOR COMMERFORD walked and TOMAS GAGLIANO put down a bunt single right down the left field line. As the players watched, the ball stopped at third base. BRADEN SANFORD followed with a single to score Quintana with the winning run.

Quintana fired 5 1/3 innings of shutout relief to gain his CIF San Diego Section-leading fourth victory of the season.Sanford extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Sanford extended his hitting streak to seven games.

Patrick Henry shortstop Tyler Lowrey capped the Patriots’ early rally with a booming 2-run triple to left field.

West Hills loaded the bases in the 2nd on a DYLAN CRAFT double, then Sam Hughes reached on an error and a walk was issued to Jason Villasana.

One out later, Commerford doubled home a pair to get the Pack on the board. Gagliano walked to re-load the bases, then Sanford also walked to force home a run.

CHRIS “LARRY” SCHROEDER grounded out to the right side for an RBI to make it 6-4, then  Patrick Henry gifted the tying runs when a ground ball by catcher DUANE WITTMEIER was thrown away.

Quintana took over down the stretch, despite allowing two Patriots to reach base in the 6th and 7th.

In the 6th, the first two batters advanced into scoring position on a Jonathan Cisneros double with no one out. However, Quintana coaxed a tapper to the mound, a pop, then a line drive to center field was caught by Schroeder to escape the jam.

“We, basically, told ourselves that we need to play like we know we can,” noted Quintana. “And we, eventually, did. (Last game against) Christian was a rough one, so being able to do what we did today was fantastic.”

An inning later, a pair of runners reached after were two were out, but Quintana mustered up a strikeout to cap the triumph.

West Hills (5-2) continues tournament play Friday on the road against Point Loma. The 3:30 p.m.contest will be held at nearby Dana Middle School (next to Peninsula Little League).

GRANITE HILLS 17, SCRIPPS RANCH 5 – The Granite Hills offense has sputtered most of the season, but in Thursday’s (Mar. 23) Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament the Eagles erupted for an offensive juggernaut.

The Eagles jumped out of the gate as SEAN ROSS slammed a solo homer on a 2-0 count.

TREVOR HAZELHURST followed Ross’s home run with one of his own, also in the first inning, which turned out to be a quintet for the Granite Hills offense.

The Eagles continued to build on their sudden scoring spree.

In the 2nd inning, with two outs, Hazelhurst singled and scored on a double by JOSH VERDON.

In the 3rd inning after surrendering three runs to the visiting and undefeated Falcons, Granite Hills punched in 6 more runs. BRYCE STRICKLAND singled and TREVOR OMAHEN doubled him home, and eventually scored himself on a wild pitch

BILLY BROOKS was 1-for-1 with a double and 2 RBI for the Eagles.

Hazelhurst did a nifty job with the bat. He had 2 hits, scored 3 runs and picked up an RBI on his home run.

The Eagles improved their record to 5-2.


FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 2, SD JEWISH ACADEMY 1 (11 inn.) – Foothills Christian battled the visiting San Diego Jewish Academy Lions for four innings before finally banging the gong late in the afternoon in Thursday’s (Mar. 23) Crusader Baseball Classic.

The Lions got on the board first with a score in the 3rd inning.

In the 4th JOE KANG led off with a double. TREVOR SMALLWOOD singled to score Kang to tie it.

Then it was a grinding effort for both teams until Foothills Christian got hot in the 11th inning.

BAILEY LINK lead off with a bunt single and advanced to second on an error. JOSH GATES walked and JUSTIN EICHER walked to load the bases. Kang then singled to score the walkoff run.

“It was a tough game,” noted Knights coach DAVE LEWIS. “We didn’t play that great but our pitching was outstanding.”


EASTLAKE 4, HELIX 2 – Eastlake has been a menace against East County teams this season, posting four wins in five decisions.

The Highlanders attempted to knock off the Titans but came up short 4-2 in Thursday’s (Mar. 23) Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament action.

For Helix, it wasted a complete game effort by KEATON CHASE on the hill. Chase allowed 4 earned run and 5 hits while walking 2 and striking out 4.

It was 2-2 between the Highlanders and the Titans in the 5th inning, but Eastlake erupted for a run in the 6th and one in the 7th to earn the victory.

Pinch hitter JOSIAH ESTRADA doubled in the 5th inning with one out. He scored on a double by ERICK SMELKO, who had 2 RBI in the game.



BONITA VISTA 7, SANTANA 6 – The struggling Santana Sultans got edged by visiting Bonita Vista Thursday (Mar. 23) in the opening frame of the Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament.

The Barons surrendered six runs before the Sultans could find home plate.

The Sultans kept scrapping away and eventually put the game on the line in the 7th inning.

In the 3rd inning AIDAN RASMUSSON hit a leadoff double and advanced to third on a passed ball. TC SIMMONS hit a fly ball to left, which was dropped, scoring Rasmusson. BROCK ELLIS walked.

Trailing 7-1 going into the final frame Santana scored 5 runs. In Santana’s comeback bid NOAH NUNEZ swatted a 2-run double and scored on an error.

But it was too little, too late to make a difference.

“Five of our eight games have been decided by one run,” said Sultans coach RIGO LEDEZMA. “And we’re 2-3 in those games.”


LA JOLLA 6, VALHALLA 5 (8 inn.) – The Valhalla Norsemen and the La Jolla Vikings needed an extra frame to decide their Bill Dickens/Metro/City Tournament game Thursday (Mar. 23) at Eric Turgeon Field in El Cajon.

La Jolla began the scoring in the 1st inning plating an unearned run off Valhalla starter and San DiegoState commit CASEY O’SULLIVAN. O’Sullivan pitched 4 innings, surrendering one run, two hits while striking out eight.

The Norsemen pulled ahead in the 3rd thanks to singles by JACOB BARBA, COLE HOWARD and a 3-run home run to center field by RILEY O’SULLIVAN, his second round-tripper of the season.

Barba led the Norsemen’s attack with three hits in four at-bats. Howard was 2-for-3 as was KYLE CASPER.

Valhalla’s final run came in the 4th inning on an RBI double by CAMERON ZAMUDIO.

La Jolla scored a run in the 6th to close to within 3, but the big blow came in the 7th. A one out 3-run home run by ZACH SEHGAL tied the game at 5 each.

The Vikings scored the winning run in the 8th on a single by NICK FERENCZY, but the Norsemen could not respond as they fell to 2-5.


SD-SOUTHWEST 13, EL CAJON VALLEY 0 – No further information was provided for this non-league game, which was played on Wednesday.



Thur., Mar. 23, 2017
Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament
Mount Miguel (3-3) 000 003 2 – 5 5 1
Coronado     (4-5) 010 210 0 – 4 7 2
Beauzec, Preciado (6) and Montijo. 
Coronado batteries N/A. WP-Preciado. LP-N/A.

Patrick Henry (2-5) 060 000 0 – 6 7 3
West Hills    (4-3) 061 000 x – 7 5 2
Snodgrass, Carroll (4), Pompa (6) and Endquist. 
Sherwin, Quintana (2) and Wittmeier. 
WP-Quintana (4-1). LP-Snodgrass.

Eastlake (7-1) 000 021 1 – 4 5 0
Helix    (5-3) 000 020 0 – 2 4 2
Leonhardt, Schmitt (6) and Reyes. 
Chase and Johnson. 
WP-Schmitt. LP-Chase (0-1).

Cathedral (5-2) 000 000 0 – 0 8 0
Grossmont (4-3) 500 001 x – 6 8 0
Owen, Rons (6) and Nastrini. 
Hulett and Tedokon. WP-Hulett (3-1). LP-Owen. 
HR-Hulett (Gro-1) 1st, one on; Odom (Gro-1) 6th, solo.

Scripps Ranch (7-1) 013 100 0 -  5  6 7
Granite Hills (5-2) 516 014 x – 17 16 1 
Castiglia, Nguyen (2), Demarest (3), Foss (5) and Lancia. 
Hazelhurst, McGrew (6), Van Derhayden (7) and Fenn. 
WP-Hazelhurst (3-0). LP-Castiglia. 
HR-Sean Ross (GH-2) 1st, solo; 
Hazelhurst (GH-2) 1st, solo; Kreger (SR) 3rd, two on.

St. Augustine (4-4) 500 100 0 –  6 10 3
El Capitan    (3-5) 505 000 0 – 10 10 4
St. Augustine batters N/A. 
Roberson, Shenefield (5) and catcher N/A. 
WP-Roberson (1-3). LP-N/A. 
HR-Montejano (El Cap-1) three on. 

Bonita Vista (4-4) 600 100 0 – 7 11 2
Santana      (4-4) 001 000 5 – 6  6 2
Verdugo, Vega (1) and Villegas. 
Linscott, Alesi (6), Ellis (7) and Allen-Fox. 
WP-Verdugo. LP-Linscott (0-1). 

Crusader Baseball Classic
KNIGHTS 2, LIONS 1 (11 inn.)
SD Jewish Academy   (4-3) 001 000 000 00 – 1 4 2
Foothills Christian (7-1) 000 100 000 01 – 2 8 5 
TBrown, SMayer (11) and GMayer. 
Gates, Eicher (8), Link (8) and Nickell, Wurts (8). 
WP-Link (2-0). LP-TBrown (1-2).

VIKINGS 6, NORSEMEN 5 (8 inn.)  
La Jolla (4-3) 100 010 31 – 6  9 0
Valhalla (2-5) 004 000 10 – 5 10 1 
Hammel, Monell (5), Stewart (8) and GBrown. 
CO’Sullivan, Howard (5), Casper(7) and Heider.
 WP-Morell. LP-Casper (0-1). 
HR-RO’Sullivan (V-2) 3rd, two on.  

SD-Southwest    (5-5) 307 003 0 - 13
El Cajon Valley (1-2) 000 000 0 -  0
(No further information available.)

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