East County Sports

Torrey barely gains revenge from ’81

CIF-San Diego Section Championships


Compiled by Nick Pellegrino
ECS Senior writer

Open Division

Torrey Pines 3, Granite Hills 2

CARMEL HIGHLANDS – Some history.

In 1981, a Granite Hills pitcher with the last name of Adams fired a CIFSDS Divsion 3A no-hitter at host Torrey Pines in an 11-0 whipping,

For some obscure, mathematical reason, the Eagles and Falcons have met in just three playoff seasons since, with the Eagles winning 5-of-6 games; followingt the loss, Granite Hills took the ensuing playback final two days later.

Those games/series came in 2007, ’13 and ’16.

More than 40 years later, Torrey Pines gained its revenge… but barely.

Granite Hills rallied with a seventh-inning run, but fell just short in Friday’s (May 17) 3-2 decision in the winners bracket semifinjals of the San Diego Section’s Open Dividision championship.

Next week, Torrey Pines (21-9) gains two chances to play for the section championship. The second-seeded Falcons will face the winner of Saturday’s Granite Hills-Carlsbad elimination ciontest.

Unlike other ballclubs, Granite Hills (20-6) continued to play agreesive baseball to the very end.

Down by two runs, Trevor Smith line an RBI single to center field, allowing Parker VCance to score.

However, the Eagles immediaqtely went to knot the ballgames, but the throw from Falcons center fielder Aidan Stroot to catcher Thomas Maher was a strike for the dramatic finish.

Granite Hills took the injitiallead in the third on Smithg’s first RBI, coming on a solo home run.

Torrey Pines answered by tying the gamein the fourth, then scored twice in the fifth to pull ahead.

Msher and Stroot were also incolcd, bogth c ollecting two hits and an RBI.

The pitching win went to Brendon Miller. Ther senior went 6.2 innings before the bullpen almost fumbled it all away.

Eagles pitcher Brenden Lewis fured another complete-game, strikingh out seven Falcons batters in his six frames.

Editor’s note: If you know the first name of “Adams: from 1981, please drop us a line.

Pos Player School Year (Stats)
P Shawn Stone, Grossmont, 11 (8-2, 2.41)
P Ray Brown, Santana, 12 (7-3, 1.92)
P Greg Perry, El Capitan, 12 (5-2, 1.45)
C Jerry Schniepp, Helix, 12 (.293)
1B Matt Miller, Grossmont, 11 (.377)
INF Dan Smith, Grossmont, 12 (.403)
INF Lewie Graham, Granite Hills, 12 (.387)
INF Mike Horner, El Capitan, 12 (.368)
OF Tate Velau, El Capitan, 12 (484; Coaches’ POY)
OF George Wessels, Grossmont, 12 (.431)
OF Kelly Burton, Granite Hills, 11 (.383)
UTL Steve Swain, Grossmont, 11 (.394)

Player of the Year: Shawn Stone, Grossmont
Coach of the Year: Bill Gray, Grossmont

P Corey Way, Helix, 10 (5-3, 1.93)
P Juan Solis, Mount Miguel, 11 (5-3, 2.66)
C Mike Denton, Santana, 11 (4-2, 2.30)
C Andy Hall, El Cajon Valley, 10 (.321)
1B Mark Solz, Santana, 12 (.367)
INFSteve Moser, Helix, 11 (.394)
INFChris Botte, Valhalla, 11 (.351)
INFCurtis Heflin, Santana, 11 (349)
OF Dale Shrum, Graniote Hills, 12 (.344)
OF Randy Olson, Helix, 12 (.400)
OF Steve Manes, Granite Hills, 12 (.429)
UTL John Rodgers, Monte Vista, 12 (.389)