East County Sports

Hawks split Friday games in Arizona



ECS staff report

MESA, Ariz. – San Diego Christian College is off to a solid start to the 2021 baseball season. Following a victory in Thursday’s season opener at the Coach Calderone Invitational, hosted by Arizona Christian University, the Hawks split a pair of contests on Friday (Jan. 29).

An unbeaten record went to the wayside with an extra-innings setback to Midland University (Fremont, Neb.), 5-4 in 10 frames. However, the Hawks bounced back to tame College of Idaho (Caldwell, Ida.), 13-7. Both contests were held at the historic Gene Autry Sports Complex.

The Hawks (2-1 overall) tournament finale for Saturday against Benedictine University at Mesa (Ariz.) has already been postponed as the recent storm to hit San Diego County has migrated east into Arizona.

Through three tournament ballgames, SDCC is averaging more than nine runs per contest under head coach Brian Schroeder, the former Christian High School standout in both baseball and football.

The College of Idaho allowed 10 unearned runs, as San Diego Christian took advantage in the noon-time start locally.

The Yotes (1-2) took an early 2-0 in the opening at-bat, however, SDCC answered with three second-inning runs and batted around for six runs – all unearned – in the third.

Tanner Mayberry went 4-for-4 for SDCC, which finished the day with 16 hits.

The Hawks’ Kaleb Ybarra had four RBI on a pair of hits, including a double, while leadoff man Johnny Radomskiy had three hits, scored three runs, and drove in two runs.

In Friday’s game between the Warriors and the Hawks, after building a 2-1 lead in the 2nd inning, the Warriors had to rally back after allowing three runs to SDCC in the top of the 7th.

In the top of the 10th, the Hawks worked the bases loaded with just one out but a double-play kept SDCC at bay, and the game still knotted at 4-all.

Ryan Lystlund and Joseph Canty both had a hit, a run scored, and an RBI for the Hawks.

Freshman Pablo Small started and allowed two unearned runs over six frames for the Hawks.

HISTORICAL NOTE: Schroeder was the quarterback that led Christian High to a last-second victory in its lone on-campus home game in school history. In the 2003 CIF San Diego Section Division IV playoff opener, the Patriots were unable to play at Granite Hills High’s Valley Stadium — the Eagles hosted their own playoff contest — so a portable lighting system was installed (courtesy of the Schroeder Family; Brian’s father, Jay, served as head coach that season).

Schroeder led the Pats to a game-winning drive in the final minutes for a 13-12 triumph over Army-Navy Academy of Carlsbad.

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