East County Sports

Knights, Matadors, Lions win finales


East County Sports staff report

OCEANSIDE (5-11-2019) – More than a month ago, the Foothills Christian High baseball team knew their prospects to advance to the CIF Division III playoffs were slim. But the Knights still capped their 2019 season in style.

On Friday (Nay 10), Foothills Christian refused to roll over by scoring four times in the seventh inning, gaining an outright second-place finish in the Pacific League by gaining a 7-7 draw with league champion Tri-City Christian.

The game was finally called after nine innings due to darkness, which came early due to severe overcast conditions along the coast at MiraCosta College.

The Eagles were three outs away from a 6-2 victory, but Foothills Christian had other ideas.

Corbin Harris jumped on the first pitch with a double to center field, immediately scoring on a base hit by Kip Famolaro.

Max Merlan walked, then he and Famolaro both came home on a double to left by Jack Wurts to trim the deficit to a single run.

The next pair of Knights struck out, but Foothills Christian tied the ballgame when Brendan Campbell walked, then took off for second base on a double-steal, allowing Wurts to score.

Both sides scored in the eight, including another run-scoring double by Famolaro. However, the Eagles overcame a double-play grounder to again level the score on a passed ball.

Both teams had runners in scoring position in the ninth due to walks, but when the bullpens found the strike zone, batters from both clubs registered strikeouts in the dimming sunlight.

Harris finished with four hits and scored three times, while Famolaro added three hits, two RBI and a pair of runs scored to bolster a 12-hit attack for Foothills Christian (10-18-1 overall, 4-4-1 league).

“Both teams wanted it so badly, it was a battle to the last pitch,” Famolaro said. “Corbin Harris was a stud on the mound, he had some fire in his eyes. Of course, it would have been nice to take the win, but I couldn’t have asked for more from my guys. I’m proud of all my brothers who fought alongside me this season and can’t wait to see what next year has in store for the Knights.”

Senior Jalani Brown played in his final game as a Knight.

“It was a very intense game,” Brown said. “We just seemed to hit the ball and get out but we ended up getting people on and Jack hit a shot to the wall getting a double which scored a few guys.”

Tri-City Christian (17-9-1, 6-2-1 league) received two hits each from Sam Willis, Eric Fritzsch and Noah Waldeck, while Noah Reitmeyer walked three times and scored three times.


MOUNT MIGUEL 8, ROCK ACADEMY 0 – Cameron Beauzec legged out a pair of triples and combined with Nico Camacho and Thomas Ringer on a shutout in a non-league contest on Friday.


Mount Miguel won its final three games of the season and are a sure playoff contender in the upcoming Division V playoffs.


Camacho struck out eight over four innings, allowing just one hit to earn the win. He also doubled, had an RBI and scored a run.


Ringer tossed the next two innings, striking out four. He also had a pair of hits and scored a run.


“This win streak has been a great morale booster for especially heading into CIF,” Ringer said. “Now we are all hungry and ready to go.”


Beauzec, a senior, fanned two in a hitless frame. He also drove in a run.


“During this win streak, we tested ourselves to play like it’s CIF already,” Beauzec said. “It looked really good but was extremely fun. So happy we all have the chance at CIF. Something really sparked today, probably because it was Senior Night. Such a fun week.”


Erik Kelly scored two runs for the Matadors and had a double.


Mount Miguel finished the regular season with a 9-17 record while Rock Acadamy finished 14-6 overall, but the Matadors will have a top-five placement in the bracket, while the Warriors are expected to only squeeze into the playoffs.


It will be the Matadors’ first postseason appearance since 2014.


LIBERTY CHRISTIAN 16, GOMPERS PREP 9 – Liberty Christian stopped visiting Gompers Prep to finish in third place in the Summit League.

The Lemon Grove-based Lions (13-12-1 overall, 2-4 league) entered the day rated 10th in Division V, so should probably advance to the CIF playoffs.

However, Gompers Prep (4-11, 0-6 league) is probably out of the Top 12. The Eagles are listed at No. 14 behind No. 13 Mount Miguel.

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