East County Sports

Sultans, Norsemen dealt setbacks



East County Sports staff report
ESCONDIDO – At historic Pete Coscarart
Field at Escondido High, the host Caimans rallied
from early deficits of 1-0 and 2-1 to hand the
Sultans their first setback in the CIF Division II

After both sides tallied single runs over the first
two innings, Classical senior J.P. Deluca delivered a
go-ahead, two-run single in the third to advance the
Caimans to the winners bracket final.

Classical pitcher Tim Boshaw then closed his complete
game with 5.1 frames of shutout ball. He struck out
five and allowed one earned run on six hits.

Meanwhile, the Sultans failed to manage a key hit all

In the first with runners on the corners and two
outs, Iverson and Ven Hart converted a double-steal,
as Sean Iverson took second base to draw a throw,
then Hart beat the relay back to the plate.

An inning later, Davin Burroughs singled, moving to
second on a wild pitch. Boshaw thought he was out of
the inning by coaxing a two-out grounder ball, but
when it was booted, Burroughs scored.

Hart was the only player for either ballclub with
multiple hits, going 2-for-4. On the hill, Dean
Landers tossed two innings of 1-hit relief.

Classical (29-4 overall) awaits the winner of
Saturday’s challenger final, when Santana (14-15)
travels to Solana Beach for a re-match with Santa Fe
Christian. The Eagles (formerly the Navigators) took
out Clairemont, 6-0.

MIRA MESA – In the first-
ever postseason meeting between the schools,
Marauders pitcher Ryan Fletcher parked his way
through Norsemen bats in tossing a 2-hut shutout in
Friday’s (May 17) CIF Division III winners bracket

Fletcher, a senior right-hander,  struck out eight
Norsemen against just one walk.

Meanwhile, Valhalla ace JoJo Ingrassia limited Mira
Mesa to just three hits, but errors allowed a trio of
unearned runs to score.

Following gidt runs in the 2nd and 3rd, the lone
earned run came in the 4th on an RBI single by
sophomore Conner Little. However, the Norsemen
defense did shine for a moment, as left fielder Trey
Henige fired the ball to shortstop Mario Johnson, who
sent the relay to Luke Clark at third base to cut down
a Mira Mesa runner attempting to grab an extra base.

The third unearned came in the sixth, but it didn’t
matter as the Norsemen offense was stymied by
Fletcher. He only allowed singles to Henige in the
first and the No. 9 hitting Johnson in the sixth.

Top-seeded Mira Mesa (17-12-1) advances to Tuesday’s
winners bracket final, meeting the winner of
Saturday’s elimination contest to be hosted by
Valhalla (21-8) against University City; the
Centurions double-up Olympian, 10-5.

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