East County Sports

ROUNDUP: Scotties, Hillers, Eagles win



By Bill Dickens
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LA MESA (3-29-17) — After winning five games in a row, Helix did an about face and lost four straight.

That changed on Tuesday (Mar. 28) when the Highlanders clipped the Scripps Ranch  Falcons 2-0 in a Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament contest.

JORDAN JACKSON pitched a 2-hit shutout to help the Highlanders snap their losing streak.

Helix made the most of one hit by BRANDON PETERSON on a single up the middle in the 3rd inning. He stole a base and scored on an error. Later in the inning ERICK SMELKO walked, advanced on an error and scored on an error to make it 2-0.

“Jackson didn’t pitch much for us last year,” said Helix coach COLE HOLLAND. “But so far this year, at 3-0, he’s been our ace.


BONITA VISTA 3, GROSSMONT 2 – Grossmont attempted to play catch-up after the 1st inning when Bonita Vista scored three runs in Tuesday’s (Mar. 28) Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament, but failed to do so.

The Foothillers began to scramble back in the 3rd inning as MAX FORD doubled and advanced to third base on a balk, eventually scoring on a passed ball.

In the 4th, JACKSON HULETT singled to short, and KRYSTIAN TEDOKON doubled to right. JAYDEN LOMBARDO singled on a fly ball to left and Hulett scored.


GRANITE HILLS 8, ST. AUGUSTINE 7 – The Eagles punched out three home runs, one by SEAN ROSS – a lead shot in the 6th inning – and 2 homers by TREVOR HAZELHURST – one in the 4th inning with two on base and a second, solo shot in the 6th inning of Tuesday’s (Mar. 28) Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament.

They proved to be crucial blows as the Eagles skipped by St. Augustine to earn the victory.

Ross and Hazelhurst also hit doubles, as did SEAN McGREW. Ross and DARIEN COSSIO each had an RBI and Hazelhurst rang up 5 ribbies.

BRADY JOSLYN had a stolen base.

WILLIAM BURTON pitched 3 2/3 innings for the Eagles with 3 strikeouts and 3 walks. MIKE KING pitched 2 1/3 and gave up 2 hits and had 2 strikeouts. JOSH VERDON pitched one inning, giving up 2 hits, 1 run, 1 earned run and a strikeout.


CHRISTIAN 7, OTAY RANCH 5 – CHASE WEHSENER proved himself as one of the top leadoff hitters in the county as he collected 3 hits in 4 at-bats, a double and 2 RBI in Tuesday’s (Mar. 28) conquest of Otay Ranch in the Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament.

The Patriots took a 2-0 lead in the 3rd inning and a 6-0 lead in the 4th.

JUSTIN LEDGERWOOD had a double and BRAD JEREMIAH had a sacrifice bunt for the Patriots.

Jeremiah pitched 4 innings, giving up 4 hits, 3 earned runs and 4 walks as he earned the win with a 3-0 record.

JESSIE MATTHEWS came on in relief for three innings, giving up 5 hits, 2 earned runs and 2 walks to earn his third save.

Osvaldo Tovalin hammered a home run for Otay Ranch in the 5th inning with one on.



EASTLAKE 4, SANTANA 2 – When it comes to playing the Eastlake Titans, most of the Grossmont Conference teams have turned out to be second fiddle.

Only the Grossmont Foothillers have prevailed over the Titans, taking 12 innings to deal Eastlake a 5-4 loss in the Aztec-Foothiller Tournament.

Eastlake dealt Santana a handful of frustration as they left the Sultans with the bases loaded three times in Tuesday’s (Mar. 28) Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament game. The Sultans left the bases loaded in the 2nd, 3rd and 7th innings.

Eastlake’s Casey Schmitt homered in the 4th inning to make it 2-0.

COLTON CALVERT went 2-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored, while TRISTEN SALINAS also scored a run. EMORY ALLEN-FOX went 2-for-3 with an RBI.




PATRICK HENRY 11, VALHALLA 5 – The Valhalla Norsemen fell behind early and could not catch up in their Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament game at Patrick Henry High School on Tuesday (Mar. 28).

Patrick Henry got to Norsemen starter ED DEMPSEY for two runs in each of first two frames. TYLER ENDQUIST drove in 2 with a single in the 1st and TYLER LOWERY did the same in the 2nd.

The Norsemen plated two of their own in the 2nd inning. RYAN PEROT drew a base on balls followed by a single off the bat of CAMERON ZAMUDIO and a 2-run double from Valhalla’s hitting star of the afternoon RILEY O’SULLIVAN who went 4 for 4.

The Norsemen came to within 2 in the 5th. A walk to CASEY O’SULLIVAN and a JACOB BARBA single would set up another big hit by Riley O’Sullivan, a 2-run single to center field.

The Patriots tallied in each the 3rd and 4th, but it was the 5-run 5th that sealed the deal for them.

Valhalla pushed across a run in the 7th on a LEWIS DIRKES sacrifice fly, bringing the final to 11-5. The  Norsemen fall to 2-7 and host Point Loma on Thursday.


MIRA MESA 8, MOUNT MIGUEL 7 (8 inn.) – Mount Miguel tied the game in the 6th inning at 7-apiece, but Mira Mesa broke the tie with an RBI single in the 8th to earn the victory in Tuesday’s (Mar. 28) Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament game.

A bright spot for Mount Miguel was AUSTIN ORTIZ’s home run in the 4th inning, scoring ANGELO ZERTUCHE and himself. Ortiz finished 2-for-4 with 2 RBI and 2 runs scored.

NICO CAMACHO and Ortiz each hit a double for the Matadors.

CAMERON BEAUZEC was 2-for-4 with a run scored and an RBI. RUBEN PRECIADO was 1-for-3 with a run scored, and ANDREW MONTIJO was 1-for-4 with an RBI and a run scored.

Beauzec pitched five innings for Mount Miguel, giving up 6 hits, 4 runs – 3 earned – one walk and 5 strikeouts. TREVOR DARBY came on for two innings, allowing 2 hits, 2 runs – one earned – and 3 base on balls. CONNOR WHITE pitched one-third of an inning, surrendering the winning run to the Marauders.


MADISON 5, STEELE CANYON 2 – Steele Canyon wound up in chase mode against the Madison Warhawks in Tuesday’s (Mar. 28) Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament game and never caught up.

Steele Canyon rebounded from a 4-0 deficit in the 4th inning as TREVOR DICKEY was 1-for-3 with an RBI and BRANDON NAVARRO also went 1-for-3 with a run scored. ANTHONY MATA also had an RBI.

The Cougars turned a double play but stranded nine players on base.

LANDON SCHIRER was the hardluck loser as he pitched three innings, allowing 6 hits, 4 earned runs, a walk and 4 strikeouts. TREVOR NEWBERRY pitched three innings, allowing 3 hits, one earned runs and struck out 6.


LA JOLLA 7, WEST HILLS 3 – BRADEN SANFORD was 2-for-3 with 2 RBI for West Hills, and NOAH QUINTANA was 0-for-2 with an RBI but the Wolf Pack could not muster enough runs to overcome La Jolla in Tuesday’s (Mar. 28) Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament action despite scoring in the 3rd, 4th and 5th innings.

In the 3rd with one out TOMAS GAGLIANO got on base on an error, CHRIS SCHROEDER hit a single up the middle sending Gagliano to third. BRADEN SANFORD (2-for-3 with 2 RBI) sacrificed Gagliano home.

The 4th inning saw DYLAN CRAFT hit a leadoff triple. Quintana hit a sacrifice fly to right, scoring Craft.

Three errors in the 5th send Gagliano to third base. One out later Sanford singled to left to score Gagliano.

La Jolla scored six runs on one hit in the 2nd inning on a combination of hit by pitches, walks and errors.

Sanford had a stolen base and a sacrifice.

TREVOR COMMERFORD was the hardluck loser for West Hills, allowing one hit, 6 runs – 4 earned – 4 walks and a strikeout.

BRENDAN SHERWIN followed with 1 2/3 innings, giving up 2 hits, a run and 2 strikeouts. Dylan Craft pitched the final three innings, allowing one hit, 4 walks and 2 strikeouts.


CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC 3, EL CAPITAN 0 – The El Capitan Vaqueros battled but were overcome by the Cathedral Dons in Tuesday’s (Mar. 28) Bill Dickens/City/Metro Tournament contest.

Cathedral scored once in the 5th and twice in the 6th.

BLAKE PEYTON pitched 6 1/3 innings for El Capitan, while BAILEY ROBERSON finished with 2/3 innings.

STEVE MONTEJANO had a leadoff double for the Vaqueros, but was left stranded.

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