East County Sports

Visitor Trojans don’t mind taking a hike

The Longmont Trojans enjoy their hike following their win on Saturday.



EastCountySports.com staff report


LAKESIDE – The Longmont Trojans came to San Diego on Friday for spring break, but the visitors from Colorado will also take home a 4-3 non-league victory over the Foothills Christian Knights earned Saturday at Barona Field.

Following the game, the Trojans took a little victory hike after scoring the decisive run in the top of the seventh inning.

Before that, Longmont senior Noah Befus drove in three runs to lead his team to the victory.

“Great baseball game against a highly-ranked team from Colorado,” Foothills Christian head coach DAVE LEWIS said. “Back and forth until the end.”

Longmont senior Avery Peterson had an RBI single to get the Trojans on the board in the top of the third.

But Foothills sophomore CORBIN HARRIS doubled with one out in the bottom of the inning, then on a steal of third, came in to score on a throwing error.

“I was seeing the ball well and I was able to get a couple good swings in,” Harris said. ” Our defense was really solid. JALANI (BROWN) made a great catch in center, and I was really proud of BROCK (RIO) today, he did well at third..”

The Knights took the lead with a run in the fourth, as freshman TYLER KENNEDY singled to score freshman JAKE BAPTISTA (2-for-3), who started things off with a liner to left for a base hit.

“We played a really solid team today, we competed and played well,” Kennedy said. “Our defense was sound and no errors. We left some runners on base and missed a few sac bunts. I feel if we got those bunts down and moved over the runners we could have won that ball game.”

The Trojans got a two-run base hit by Befus to take the lead in the top of the fifth.

The Knights battled to tie the game again in their half when freshman KIP FAMOLARO singled to center, driving in Harris (walk).

In the top of the seventh, Befus doubled to left on the first pitch he saw for his third hit of the game, scoring senior Matt Zamudio, who led off the inning with a double of his own.

We pitched two freshmen (Baptista followed by Famolaro) and they both did a great job,” Lewis said. “We are short of any depth right now and it caught up to us.  We had players out of town that we could really use. After Easter, we will be full strength and I believe we’ll be tough for anybody to beat.”

The Knights will participate in the Lions Tournament starting on Monday, playing against West High School (Anchorage, AK) at Helix High starting at 11 a.m.

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