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San Diego League opens at Christian



EastCountySports.com staff report


EL CAJON – The San Diego League, a summer baseball circuit in its second season, began play on Monday morning at Christian High.

Although spectators weren’t allowed out of an abundance of caution, four of the league’s eight clubs got play underway in one of the first notable sports events in the county since athletics were halted in March.

The league’s first season – held at Cal State San Marcos – was deemed a success last summer but the circumstances surrounding this year’s campaign have brought increased attention to the SDL season, as well as, drawing an impressive pool of locally produced collegiate talent.

The league drew registration from around 350 players, approximately 100 of which were placed on a “waiting list” as play began. Pre-game temperature checks were performed on all participants, including coaches and officials.

Last season, the league had four teams and about 100 players, including two from Division I schools.

This season, league officials boast of over 40 players from Division I schools.

On the field, the SDL’s Brewers knocked off the Warriors, 3-2, in a morning contest, while the Longboarders defeated the Jets, 9-8, in an afternoon matchup.

The Brewers’ Chris Demgen, out of Cathedral Catholic, had a pinch-hit, two-run single in the sixth inning that proved to be the game-winner in the opener.

Former Scripps Ranch star Matt Rudick had a two-run single for the Warriors to give his team a 2-0 lead. The ultra-consistent Rudick had an opening day home run and was hitting .313 at San Diego State this past season, his junior year.

Parker Askegeen, out of Del Norte High and currently at Palomar College, earned up the win, retiring all six batters he faced.

Brewer starter Andrew Rueter, a Westview High grad currently at the University of Redlands, allowed just one hit over three innings.

Junior Coleman went 3-for-3 for the Brewers.

JJ Rytz, from La Costa Canyon, and Octavio Sanchez, from Eastlake, both pitched a scoreless inning for the Brewers.

Sanchez had posted a 1.47 ERA in 18 1/3 innings this season at Southwestern College and had a 12.27 K/9 rate when the community college season was stopped.

LONG BOARDERS 9, JETS 8 – Tyler Weiner, a sophomore-to-be from UCSD, had a two-run single with two outs in the top of the ninth to give the Long Boarders the 9-8 lead.

James Sashin, a USD Torero out of Oak Bluffs, Mass., struck out five over three innings for the Long Boarders.

Conner O’Brien, from Rancho Bernardo High and Bradley (Ill.) University, along with his BU teammate Carson Hussman, both drove in runs Long Boarders. Aztec Wyatt Hendrie also had an RBI for the Boarders, which built a 7-3 lead.

TK Parker, a 2020 Granite Hills High grad headed to Long Beach State, scored on a wild pitch to give the Jets the 8-7 edge in the last of the seventh.

Jet Sam Dinerman earlier hit a two-run triple.

Long Boarder reliever Dylan Vaughn, the inspirational former Point Loma Pointer, earned the save.

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