East County Sports

Small Schools: Look out for ‘The Captain’



ECS staff report

Pacific League

Foothills Christian 5, at Pacific Ridge 1

CARLSBAD – Three days after surviving an 11-inning marathon on a long roadtrip to Riverside County, Foothills Christian saved its ace for league play.

Knights senior Andrew Burke struck out eight Pacific Ridge batters in firing a 2-hitter against host Pacific Ridge, 5-1.

The run allowed came in the third inning to trim the lead to 2-1, but the Knights responded with three runs in the fourth to seal the triumph.

The big blow was a two-run single by “Captain” Jack Morgan. The sophomnore is batting .4439 on the season, extending his hitting strreak to 13 straight games.

Frosh Bruce Bailey added an RBI and a run scored for FCHS (14-9 overall, 5-3 league), which has won three of its last four outings.


Summit League

Mountain Empire 17, at Ocean View Christian 0 (3 inn.)

CHULA VISTA – The Mountain Empire edHawks needed a mere three injnings before the Ocean View Christian Patriots waved the white flag in a one-sided Summit League landslide in the South Bay.

OVC (5-4overall, 1-2 league) managed three singles, with only one baserunner reaching second base.

The RedHawks (9-2 overall) are 4-0 in Manzanita competition. The school intentionally did not report individual statistics to not embarrass the opponent, following the CIOFSDS Vivctory With Honor program.

CV-High Tech 4, at Liberty Charter 1

ALPINE – The Liberty Charter Lions, which out-scored opponents 27-0 in their two previous victories, just couldn’t muster any offense against the Bruins in Summit League action at Joan MacQueen Middle School.

The victory allowed the Bruins to flip-flop the Lions for second place inthe league, resting 1.5 games behind frot-running Mountain Empire.

The ballclubs traded runs in the first, then CV-HTH scored twice in the fourth inning to seize control.

Bruins pitcher Luis Isaac Corona (4-0 vs. CIFSDS competition) yielded just two hits to the Lions, The sophomore struck out a career-best 14 batters. Corona’s previous best was 11 as a freshman, also against Liberty Charter.

Trailing 1-0, the Lions received a basehit from Andruw Godinez,eventually scoring on an RBI single by Brody Harris. Afterward, Coronado fired 6.1 frames of no-hit ball.

Liberty Charter (5-12 overall, 2-2 league) faced must-win situations in its final five contests, starting a brief roadtrip Thursday at OceanView Christian.

Manzanita League

Borrego Springs 14, at Warner 1 (5 inn.)

WARNER SPRINGS – The Borrego Springs Rams moved to with three game of their first Manzanita League championship since 2015 after whipping the winless Warenr Wildcats in 5 innings by scoring in each trip to the plate.

The Rams (10-5 overall) are now 7-0 in league play. Warner has dropped all seven contests.

Borrego Springs will host State Highway 79 rival Julian on Thursday, but it could mean trouble since they also play a look-ahead game on Friday against defending Manzanita titlists Vincent emorial in Calexico.