East County Sports

Barons’ Hughes stops Pats on 2 hits

Christian's Xaview Farnum (11) douls off the pitch / Photo by Nick Pellegrino



ECS staff report

EL CAJON – Senior left-hander Josh Hughes fired a 2-hit shutout Monday (Apr. 22), leading the Metro Mesa League leading Bonita Vista Barons to a 5-0 decision over the Christian Patriots in non-league action.

Hughes stricl out 10 Patriots batters against three walks, then escapeds trouble when Christian had an opportunity to breakup the shutout in the sixth inning.

Ashton McCurty belted a leadoff double, then promptly stole third base to stand 90 feet away with no one out.

However, Hughes struck out the next three batters, The first came on a rare curveball which kept the Patriots napping, then the third out was on a called strike on the inside corner without the Barons catcher ever moving his glove.

The only other Christian hit was a single by Jeremiah Morgan.

Bonita Vista moved to 15-5-1 with its sixth win in-a-ro, the last four by shutout, going 30.1 innings without allopwing a run. Christian (10-10) next plays a road-and-home series with St. Augustine, starting Thursday from Hickman Field in Kearny Mesa.

St. Augustine was (27-4) also in nojn-league action Monday, shutting out Ramona, 3-0.

  • Story and photos by Nick Pellegrino


Barons southpaw Josh Hughes

A Face fr=ir Radio> Barons skipper Dave Palet

Christian third baseman Johnny Rocco

In the background, Christian’s Ashton McCurty steals third base in the sixth inning


Monte Vista 9, Mount Miguel 2

GASLAMP QUARTER – Facing an early 2-0 deficit, the Monte Vista Monarchs answered with four runs in the third inning en route to scoring nine straight to down Mount Miguel, 9-2, in Monday’s (Apre. 22) CIF Special held at Petco Park.

Monte Vista’s Jacob Schweizer took advantage of the “big ballpark” by sending a drive to the ball, slamming a three-run triple in the third ining. Schweizer would later score for a 4-2 ascantage.

Tony Mccomb also added a pinch-hit triple for the Monarchs to double the team total. Prior to the contest, Monte Vista posted just two triples all seaason, bith by Reuben Cabugwas.

On the mound, Gavin Daley overcame a slow start to pitch six solid innings, blanking the Matadors over his final 4.1 frames thanks to a season-best 11 strikeouts.

Pitching in the seventh was Schweizer with a 1-2-3 frame to garner the hold.

With the victory, Monte Vista (14-6-1 overall) regaiined a share of the Grossmont Valley League lead at 2-1. Mount Miguel(9-11) has dropped eight straight, including all four GVL encounters.

The Monarchs have also captured 12 straight in the head-to-head series.