East County Sports

Cougars, Barons win division titles in GMC tournament

GMC Tournament division champion Bonita Vista.

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP BASEBALL

East County Sports staff report

RANCHO SAN DIEGO (3-17-2019) – Timing is everything.

Even though the hit totals were close, and the errors were too many yet even, Steele Canyon came through with a rather one-sided victory due to when they gathered their hits.

The Cougars batted an impressive 4-for-8 with two outs and runners on base, accounting for most of their runs in a 3-1 decision over visiting Del Norte in Saturday’s (Mar. 16) opening round of the Pirate-Falcon Tournament.

Two of the two-out hits came from the middle infielders in the 5th inning when the Cougars posted three runs to lock-up the victory.

Second baseman Sebastian Granados started the series of clutch hits with an RBI single, then shortstop Eli Page followed with his own run-scoring base hit. Both were line drives to right field.

So what did the frustrated Nighthawks do to the next batter? They plunked Cougars No. 3 hitter Billy Tellous with a pitch. Besides, the first baseman had already gone 2-for-3 with 3 RBI, including an RBI double.

However, Tellous had the last laugh, anchoring a defense which turned a pair of late double plays, including the game-ending twin-killing on a tapper back to the mound to relief pitcher Richard Pedrin. The play made a winner of starting pitcher Jonathan Kenney, who struck out 7 and allowed just one earned run in his 6 innings.

For Steele Canyon (4-5), Page finished with three hits, Granados added two, with both recording a pair of RBI. Tellous also posted a sacrifice fly for his other RBI.

Del Norte (1-7) saw leadoff batter Garret Ostrander, the shortstop, go 4-for-4, while freshman outfield D.J. Cardinal added two hits, but the remainder of the Hawks managed just three hits.

BONITA VISTA 15, CHRISTIAN 1: The Patriots (5-7), playing their fourth contest in five days, simply ran out of pitching in falling to the Barons in their championship flight of the GMC (Grossmont-Metro-City) Tournament.

Bonita Vista (8-4) only posted 6 hits, yet took full advantage of 10 walks and 5 batters hit by a pitch from six different pitchers.

For the Barons, No. 8 hitter DiMaggio Cazares hit a solo home run, while Jesus “Bubba” Villegas had a triple and walked twice. Both also stole a base.

Lucas Marrujo gained the pitching win despite only going three innings due to the CIF “Winning With Integrity” sportsmanship rule after exiting with a 10-0 lead.

How bad were things for Christian? The lone run scored on a ground out. Following a single by Carson Stroman and a pair of walks to load the bases to open the 4th. Alex Markowicz sent the ball softball-style (intentionally) to the right side for the “hey, it counts” RBI to prevent the shutout.

MOUNTAIN EMPIRE 1, BORREGO SPRINGS 0: In a Crusader Classic contest, the visiting RedHawks (2-3) accepted a forfeit decision from the host Rams. On Tuesday, MEHS  will entertain winless Bayfront Charter of Chula Vista at 3:30 p.m.

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