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ROUNDUP: Sultans spoil Scotties’ lead

Santana senior JOSH OEDEWALDT at the plate on Tuesday.



EastCountySports.com staff report


SANTEE – The Santana Sultans have had the Helix Highlanders’ number in 2018.

Santana senior LANDON WOOD pitched a complete game and singled home the game-winning run as the Sultans defeated the Highlanders, 3-2, in a key Grossmont Hills League game on Tuesday.

Wood allowed four hits while striking out four.

The Sultans knocked off the Highlanders for the second time this season and also knocked the Scotties out of first place. The third league meeting resulted in a 7-7 tie.

Wood singled on a 1-1 count, scoring senior TRISTAN TAYLOR, who led off the bottom of the seventh with a single to left.

Helix (5-3-1 Grossmont Hills League, 17-8) scored the game’s first runs in the top of the sixth inning on a two-run home run to right by senior ZACK OWENS. BRANDON PETERSON, who had a one-out double, scored on the round-tripper.

In the bottom of the sixth inning, Santana junior BEN HART homered on the first pitch of his at-bat for a two-run shot, tying the game at 2-all.

DAVIN BURROUGHS, who had a one-out single to reach, came in on the homer.

Helix starter THOMAS CANEDAY went five innings, allowing two hits and no runs while striking out three and walking none.

The Scotties travel to face El Capitan on Friday before hosting huge home games next week against Grossmont and Granite Hills to decide the league title.


VALHALLA 3, STEELE CANYON 2 (9 innings) – The Norsemen defeated the Cougars by the same score, 3-2, for the third-straight meeting. Two of the Grossmont Valley League encounters went extra frames.

The Norsemen won for the tenth-straight game and increased their lead in the GVL to two games over second-place Steele Canyon, earning a crucial win not only in the league standings but in the Division 2 playoff seedings, as well.

With both teams fighting to get into the final section division rankings, the league championship could be the determining factor in the team’s postseason hopes.

Valhalla (14-11) won the game in the bottom of the ninth inning on an error during pickoff throw to first, which allowed sophomore KYLE CASPER to score the game-winning run.

Cougar junior AARON TAYLOR drew a bases-loaded walk to give Steele Canyon a 2-1 lead in the top of the seventh inning.

Moments earlier, junior CARLOS CAMACHO lifted a sacrifice fly for Steele Canyon, tying the game.

As advertised, the club’s aces squared off in the biggest game of the season.

Valhalla starter TANNER SMITH allowed one hit and two runs over 7 2/3 innings, striking out six.

Sophomore JOSEPH INGRASSIA earned the win for the Norsemen.

Steele Canyon senior starter TREVOR BACK allowed two runs over six innings, striking out three and walking one.

The Norsemen tied the game in the bottom of the seventh as Casper’s single scored junior JONAH ST. CLAIR.

Senior JACOB BARBA and junior MAX HAGEMAN both had three hits for the Norsemen.

Valhalla is at Mount Miguel on Thursday then home to West Hills on Friday.

The Cougars, meanwhile, host El Cajon Valley on Thursday, then Mount Miguel on Friday.


MONTE VISTA 2, MOUNT MIGUEL 1 (8 innings) – Freshman ANDY CANEDO singled home the game-winning run in the bottom of the eighth and got the pitching victory with two hitless innings of work, giving the Monarchs the Grossmont Valley League victory.

Canedo singled on an 0-1 pitch, driving a liner to center, which plated senior DIEGO SANDOVAL (HBP).

On the hill, Canedo struck out four.

Mount Miguel opened up scoring in the second inning, when junior AUSTIN ORTIZ drew a bases-loaded walk, scoring sophomore ERIK KELLY.

Monte Vista tied the game in the in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The game featured some outstanding pitching.

Monte Vista starter ABRAHAM SANCHEZ went six innings, allowing one run on five hits, striking out ten.

Junior NICO CAMACHO, of Mount Miguel, allowed one hit and no runs over five innings, striking out seven.

Junior CAMERON BEAUZEC, of Mount Miguel, had two hits.


MOUNTAIN EMPIRE 11, BORREGO SPRINGS 0 (5 innings) – Mountain Empire junior TREVOR ELLIOTT pitched his third no-hitter of the season and drove in six runs.

The game was called after five innings due to extreme heat.

Elliott went 4-for-4 at the dish. He is currently hitting .473.

Mountain Empire scored three in the first inning on Elliott’s bases-clearing double.

Mountain Empire scored four runs in the third inning, including an RBI single from SAMMY JONES.

Elliott is 8-2 this season with a 1.26 earned run average.



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