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Scotties top Titans; Major goes distance

Mount Miguel dugout on Monday. / photo by Dave Dickens

Foothills Christian chases down a Mount Miguel hit as the Matadors score on Monday. / photo by Dave Dickens



EastCountySports.com staff report


LA MESA – The third-ranked Helix Highlanders returned the favor to the Eastlake Titans on Monday, handing the county’s top-ranked team a 3-0 loss.

The Highlanders scored three runs in the bottom of the sixth inning for the win.

Helix senior Thomas Caneday went six innings, allowing two hits while striking out five to earn the victory.

“Eastlake is a top team and today’s game shows what we’re capable of,” Caneday said. “Each pitch was on today, and each batter was given different sequencing. Today’s game was a pitching duel and our hitters got hot in the sixth. We’re looking forward to the rest of the season. We have a really strong team again this year and our coaching is great so I think we could definitely end up in the CIF championship this year.”

Senior Jordan Thompson earned the save with a pair of strikeouts in a perfect seventh.

“Thomas pitched amazing and he really set the tone for everyone,” Thompson said. “When we went ahead in the bottom of the six so I knew I was going out to close in the seventh. I really just tried to follow up on what Thomas had done for the first six innings and put up another zero to win the game.

“Going up by three runs made it easy for me to not worry about giving up hits or runs so it allowed me to be really confident throwing my fastball. This was a great all-around team win and I’m so excited to see what this team will do as the season goes on.”

Helix scored when Demetrius Wells singled home the game’s first run with two out.

Sophomore David Blome singled to center to make it 2-0.

“I really thought hard on deck about what the pitcher was going to give me and really just wanted to produce for the team and get the next batter up,” Blome said. “I feel like we have the pieces in place we will continue to keep working and learning how to use our strengths to our full potential.”

Ayden Estrada drove home the third run with a single.

“We played well, happy for our kids,” Helix head coach Cole Holland said. “Tommy threw well and we got some big hits late. Proud of our effort.”


Foothills Christian sophomore Taylor Casey pitched 3 2/3 innings, allowing one hit while striking out five to earn the win on Monday. / photo by Dave Dickens

FOOTHILLS CHRISTIAN 12, MOUNT MIGUEL 4 (9 inn.) – The Knights scored a big win over the Matadors in the Bill Dickens GMC Tournament but it took eight runs in the top of the ninth inning to do it.

Senior Cade Cabral drove in two runs with a triple in the ninth. He also scored twice for the Knights and drove in another run early in the game.

Sophomore Billy Temple had two hits, two RBI, and scored a pair of runs for FCHS.

Junior Cameron Nicks drove in two runs for the Knights. He singled and scored a run.

Sophomore Taylor Casey drove in two runs for Foothills, as well. He singled and scored once.

Mount Miguel got a pair of RBI from Thomas Ringer, who cracked a double.

Ringer pitched 6 2/3 innings, striking out eight.

Kip Famolaro started for the Knights, going 5 1/3 innings, striking out five with one walk.

“Ringer threw 103 pitches, 75 strikes, Famolaro, 86 pitches, 56 strikes, a great ratio by both,” Mount Miguel head coach Frank Coit said. “But the real star of the hill today was Casey, their lefty, he went 3 2/3 of shutout relief, 41 pitches, 31 strikes. Outstanding.

Starting pitchers Thomas Ringer (left) and Kip Famolaro following the game.

Neither of the starters figured in the decision, as they were both out with the game tied after 7 innings.

“The Knights bullpen did a great job holding us back until they broke through in the ninth,” Coit said.

Senior Erik Kelly had two hits, including a double, drove in a run, and scored once for the Matadors.

“We played hard throughout the game and had a few unfortunate things happen and we ended up losing but Thomas threw a phenomenal game today and you can’t discount that,” Kelly said.

Foothills Christian improved to 4-2, while the Matadors fell to 3-3 overall.

“Their team was a great team,” Mount Miguel’s Jojo Casillo said. “We battled hard until the very end. I gave up a huge run in the bottom of the seventh that ultimately cost us the game in the long run. No one is to blame. No one is at fault. Nothing bad with today’s performance other than we got beat by a great group of guys and coaching staff. Well deserved win on their end.”


CHRISTIAN 5, SOUTHWEST (SD) 2 – The visiting Patriots toppled the Raiders in the GMC Tournament game on Monday as freshman Vaughn Major delivered a complete game.

Major struck out five.

Junior Braeden Ross drove in a pair of runs. He singled, scored, and had a sac fly.

Junior Eric Markowicz had a hit, an RBI and a run scored for Christian.

Seniors Garrett Nasif and Isaiah Owens both drove in a run for CHS, as well.


SANTANA 7, MADISON 1 – The Sultans debuted a No. 6 in the first in-season prep baseball media poll of the season on Monday, then Santana put up four runs in the bottom of the first against the Warhawks to win the GMC Tournament game.

Tyler Fitzgerald hit a two-run home run in the third inning to give Santana a 6-0 lead.

“The pitcher threw a fastball over the plate and happened to get a hold of it and went over the right-center field fence,” Fitzgerald described.

Leadoff man Elijah Reber had a double, reached on a walk, scored a run, and drove in the final run for Santana in the sixth.

“I was in a good 3-1 hitters count and I saw it up,” Reber said. “I had good timing and put the best swing I could on it. The team is rolling right now. We are playing great together and are gonna have a great season.”

Dean Landers singled and drove in a run for Santana with a shot over the shortstop in the first inning.

“In the first, there were runners on second and third and the ball was hit in the 5.5 hole and the shortstop made an error to score the two runners on,” Fitzgerald said.

Blake Taylor, a senior, earned the win with five scoreless innings, allowing just one walk while striking out three.

Santana improved to 6-1.


WEST HILLS 3, SAN DIEGO 2 – The Wolf Pack won at the GMC Tournament against the Cavers in Santee.

West Hills trailed 2-0 after a half-inning but scored three runs in the fifth.

Senior Andrew Ritayik drove in a run for West Hills

Senior Joe Thrailkil had a hit and drove in a run for the Pack.

Senior Christian Schmid went the distance for the win. The senior earned his first win of the season, striking out six while allowing just one walk.


VALHALLA 3, SCRIPPS RANCH 2 – The Norsemen defeating the visiting Falcons in a GMC Tournament game on Monday with a run in the last of the seventh inning.

Valhalla senior Mario Johnson reached on an error and eventually scored on a passed ball for the winning run.

Junior Trey Henige singled and drove in a run for Valhalla, as did senior Luke Clark. Clark stole a base.

Senior Jojo Ingrassia had a single, stole a base, and scored a run for Valhalla.

Senior Andy Boyd went six innings for Valhalla, recording four strikeouts.

Ingrassia earned the win with one inning of work, with two punchouts.

Valhalla improved to 3-3.


CATHEDRAL CATHOLIC 8, GROSSMONT 1 – The Dons scored eight runs in the first inning of the GMC Tournament game.

The seventh-ranked Dons had fifth-ranked Grossmont early in this GMC game.

Senior Brodie Romero, singled, walked and scored for Grossmont (4-2).

Senior Stephen Frey drove in the Hiller run.

Grossmont junior Ethan Dilgar pitched 4 2/3 scoreless innings.

Junior Max Cadwalader twirled two scoreless frames, striking out a pair.

“Just one of those days,” Grossmont head coach Jordan Abruzzo said. “Tough to win a game when we give up eight in the first.”

“We need to get better to compete at a higher level. That’s the goal.”


POINT LOMA 10, GRANITE HILLS 6 – The Pointers downed the host Eagles in the GMC Tournament game on Monday.

Point Loma scored six runs in the sixth inning to erase a 2-0 Eagle lead.

The Pointers added four runs in the top of the seventh before the Eagles countered with four of their own in the bottom of the inning.

T.K. Parker homered for Granite Hills, finishing with two RBI.

“The home run felt good,” Parker said. “We need to come together as a team to get better and win games.”

Austin Smith had two hits, a walk, and scored two runs for Granite. Smith also pitching four innings, allowing two hits, while striking out seven.

“We just did now compete as we should’ve,” Smith said. “Our mentality is we have a chip on our shoulder and we take it a game at a time. We have a tough league and schedule with really good teams that’s why we need to compete as a team and play Granite baseball. We aren’t done. We want to prove everyone wrong.”

Grant MacArthur walked and drove in a run for the Eagles, while teammate Tanner Vielguth had a hit, drove in a run, and scored.



MATER DEI CATHOLIC 4, MONTE VISTA 0 – The Crusaders knocked off the Moanrchs at the GMC Tournament game in Chula Vista on Monday.

The 16th-ranked Crusaders scored two runs in each of the fourth and fifth innings. They improved to 5-1 overall.

Monte Vista fell to 3-3.


HILLTOP 2, EL CAPITAN 1 – The Vaqueros scored a run in the first inning as sophomore Cole Winsor came across without the benefit of a base hit, however, El Capitan was held hitless for the entire game in the GMC Tournament clash in Chula Vista.

Winsor pitched 5 2/3 innings, allowing two runs.


CORONADO 4, STEELE CANYON 1 – The Cougars scored a run in the third in the GMC Tournament game on the Island to take a 1-0 lead.

The Cougars had a threat with runners at second and third with no outs but couldn’t convert the rally into runs.

“It’s been a tough go,” Steele Canyon head coach Jesse Evans said. “Pitchers have been coming right at us and we’re not putting enough pressure on the defense. We had one bad inning today and it cost us the game. Sometimes the game beats you up a little. I’ve got a great group of kids that are working their tails off. We’ve got better days ahead.”


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