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Patriot Carlock wins final career start

The 2021 Christian High Patriots on Senior Day.
ECS staff report

Christian 21, SD-High Tech 0

EL CAJON —- With the playoffs fast approaching, Christian High senior pitcher Andrew Carlock walked off the field after his final game with the Patriots on Thursday, fittingly, on Senior Day.

Carlock is headed for military training in the U.S. Navy. on Friday and will miss the remainder of his final season.

Carlock pitched three innings, allowing two hits with no walks while striking out four in his farewell prep performance.

His batterymate to start the game was his brother, William.

“I think this team is really special,” Carlock said on Wednesday, one day before his final appearance. “I hope they carry this success and energy into the playoffs.”

The Christian Patriots moved into position to capture its first league crown via an undefeated league record since 2015 after completing an easy, three-game sweep of the Storm in Thursday’s (May 27) City League contest.

In 2015, the Patriots took the Central League crown with a 12-0 mark en route to the CIF Division III championship.

Senior Josh Meekins hit a grand slam for Christian as part of a six-RBI day and senior teammate Braeden Ross crushed his ninth home run of the season in the same frame and had four runs batted in on the afternoon.

“This week was a good week for us,” Ross said. “A lot of us got our swings back in tune after a long couple of weeks leading up to graduation. We were all really tired, too. To have these games where we could all hit the ball really feels good. And we’re all super proud of (Andrew Carlock).”

Meekins threw two scoreless innings of relief and Will Carlock delivered the final scoreless frame of the six-inning contest.

Will Carlock also drove in three runs with three hits and scored three times. He got to play every position at some point during the game.

“I am a utility player, whether it be in baseball or football,” Will Carlock said. “At first, it started kind of as a joke to play all nine spots but I feel that I bring a lot of value and versatility to any team I play on. I am super blessed that coach (Mike) Mitchell let me do that and I got to finish my brother’s last game.”

Christian scored nine runs in the first and six more in the third, buoyed by the homers. The Pats had another six-spot in the fifth.

Senior Eric Markowicz had three hits, scored twice, and drove in a run.

The Patriots close out the season against a Mission Bay squad in effort to complete a perfect league season.

The Bucs have had a good season but just ran into a sweep by the La Jolla Vikings this week.

“Definitely not looking past Mission Bay,” Ross said. “We have a job to do next week and we plan on getting it done as we have all year. Finishing off strong will be essential to us going into our playoff run.”

Mountain Empire 19, Liberty Charter 4

CAMPO — There are some players than one particular opponent– good or not — simply can’t get out. For Mountain Empire, Jacobe Noland has two ballclubs that can’t stop his bat.

After posting four RBI twice against Kearny earlier this season, Noland now does even better against Liberty Charter. After an earlier four-RBI performance, the senior posted a new season-best by driving in six runs, leading the RedHawks to a 19-4 pasting of visiting Liberty Charter of Lemon Grove.

Mountain Empire registered at least three runs in each of the team’s five trips to the plate Thursday (May 27), racing to the victory in six innings in Summit League play.

The RedHawks needed just two batters to open the scoring, courtesy of Noland. Following a lead single and a stolen base by Dakota Hatmaker, Noland sent a hard grounder through the left side for his first RBI.

Noland later added a run-scoring double in the second inning, then a two-run double in the third to stake the hosts to a 10-1 advantage. He finished his streak of at least one RBI in all five frames with RBI singles in the fourth and fifth innings in a 5-for-5 outing by the club’s designated hitter.

Meanwhile, shortstop Marcus Smith batted 3-for-4 with a walk, good for three RBI. The senior has now knocked in seven runs in two contests against the Lions.

Hatmaker also registered three hits as part of a 19-hit attack, while Angel Jimenez, Cristian Corona and Alex Schachner posted two hits each.

Schachner was also the winning pitcher with a complete game, 4-hitter.  He only struck out four batters, but more importantly, walked just one for Mountain Empire (7-7 overall, 2-3 league)

Liberty Charter (1-7, 0-5 league) received run productions from leadoff hitter Michael Schallock and Orion Bearce.

Eastern League

DEL CERRO —- The Patrick Henry Patriots, which were idle on Thursday (May 27), now have company at the top of the Eastern League standings.Clairemont moved into a first-place deadlock after whipping University City, 7-1. The decision moved the Chieftains into a tie with the Patriots at 9-3. Meanwhile, Coronado downed last-place Serra, 8-05, to move to with one full game of the top spot.

However, in next week’s final set of three-game series, Patrick Henry get sto meet the last-place Conquistadors..

Meanwhile, Coronado and Clairemont battling three times, with the Islanders getting the extra home game. The winner of the series more-than-likely will need to sweep or hope for at least one Serra upset victory to forge a co-championship.

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