East County Sports

Locals start slow at Cougar Classic



ECS staff report

ESCONDIDO — The return of the Cougar Classic, the premiere early-season tournament in the CIF-San Diego Sectionsaw 24 of this season’s 40 entrants take to the field on Monday (Feb. 20).

However, local ballclubs failed to fare very well, as all squads either lost or failed to report (a sure sign of losing, too).

Scripps Ranch 9, Steele Canyon 3
The Falcons led 4-1 after two innings before both pitvchers took over for almost the balance of play.. until the seventh inning.

In a frame which seemed to take longer thasn the first six innings combinded, Scripps Ranch placed five additional runs on the scorebiard, while Steele Canyon mustered two more in a misleadingly lob-sided looking setback at historic Kit Carson Park.

The youthful Falcons (1-0) saw a pair of sophokores lead the attack,, as .Dominique Hernandez and Becca Lynn Boskin each knocked in a pairf of runs.

Hernandez produced a pair of basehits, while Boskingot her RBI on a bases-loaded walk and a one-out grounder ball which was booted, but the runner would’ve come home anyway.

Anyother soph, Tori Turfler, also registered a double.

Steele Canyon (0-1) did not report.

.Carlsbad 10, Ramona 1
No results were reported (except the score) by either the Lancers (1-0) or the Lady Dawgs (9-1).

Patrick Henry 3, Rancho Buena Vista 3, tie *6 inn., time limit)

At the Cougar Classic in the late game, the Patriots and Longhorns went six innings before the tournament time limit expired after six innings, leaving the clubs in a pool-play draw. The deadlock leaves both teams eligible to advance to the elite Platinum Division quarterfinals

The Patriots scored three times in the third inning totake a 3-1 lead, two coming home on a double by senior Savannah Sutton. However, the Longhorns answered with single run inthe fourth and fifth frames to draw even.

Patrick Henry is the defending Western League co-champions, finishing in a 3-way dead heat with both Cathedral Catholic,and University City.


Liberty Charter at Foothills Christian
SANTEE — For the second time in a week, the season-opening meeting between the Liberty Lions and the Foothills Christian Knights was postponed due to wet grounds at Town Center Community Park.

Whenever this game is finally played, it will be Liberty’s first action in two seassons after being forced to vacate the 2021 campaign after losing too mnay players because of the pandemic.


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