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Falcons rally for a comeback victory

Just one day after a deflating playoff loss to Poway in a San Diego Section Div. I double-elimination playoffs on May 28 put Torrey Pines’ season on the brink, the Falcons rallied for a dramatic win.

The Falcons trailed Hilltop by two runs when they tied the game in the fifth.

Zack Zehner hit a two-run walk-off homer in the bottom of the seventh — his second of the day and sixth of the season — that gave the Falcons a dramatic 6-4 victory.

The win sent the Falcons to the semifinals, seeking payback against a Poway team that rallied from a one-run deficit in the bottom of the eighth inning for a 5-4 win on May 28.

Falcons defeat Bishop’s in quarterfinals

Girls lacrosse:

- Torrey Pines defeated Bishop’s 19-6 in the San Diego Section quarterfinals on May 22.

Anna Knowles led the Falcons with five goals and two assists. Katie Trees and Caroline Boucher each added four goals. Trees led the Falcons with three assists.

Falcons goalie Carrie Yang had seven saves.

The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 17-3.

- Coronado defeated Santa Fe Christian 16-7 in a May 22 quarterfinal.

Amy Robertson, Megan Melbye, Nicole Wimsatt and Brooke Wimsatt each scored two goals in defeat for the Eagles.

Eagles goalie Jessica Nelson had nine saves.

Bianchi’s leadership spearheads CCA turnaround

Baseball has been a big part of Chris Bianchi’s life since he started playing
T-ball when he was 4, and he hopes it always will be. The Canyon Crest Academy senior says he wants to be involved in the game after he hangs up his spikes for the last time and is mulling a career as a professional sports agent.

His vision of the profession, however, is far from the one commonly associated with cut-throat negotiating and greed.

“You don’t want to be like Scott Boras where everybody hates you,” Bianchi said. “You want to do something that’s in the best interests of the player and the team. You want to be able to make that connection.”

Bianchi, a Trinity University (San Antonio)-bound catcher, is making a name for himself as an agent of change.

Dynamic duo make Falcons history

Softball:

- Within a 48-hour stretch, Lauren Hynes and Rachel Nasland did what high school sports historians don’t think has ever been done before.

Torrey Pines’ dynamic pitching duo threw consecutive no-hitters — believed to be the first time in county history different pitchers tossed back-to-back no-noes — as the torrid Falcons remained unbeaten in Avocado League play.

Nasland, a freshman, hurled the first one on May 11 in a 6-0 league victory over Mission Hills.

Santa Fe Christian Eagles don’t let venue intimidate

Baseball:

- Santa Fe Christian is a small-school program that apparently isn’t easily fazed by cavernous venues.

The Eagles defeated Bishop’s 10-5 in a nonleague game at Petco Park on May 7 for their seventh consecutive victory.

The victor followed a pair of impressive Coastal League North wins earlier in the week — they beat Escondido Charter 7-0 on May 5, and Calvin Christian 21-2 two days later.

Barrett Floyd had four hits and Jake McKinney had two hits and four RBI to lead the Eagles in the Bishop’s game.

Falcons on a roll with 11 straight wins

Baseball:

Red-hot Torrey Pines remains alone atop the Avocado League standings after stretching their season-long winning streak to 11 games with a three-game series sweep of Fallbrook.

The Falcons left nothing to chance, outscoring their opponent 22-5 on the series as they improved to 9-0 in league and 19-6 overall for the season.

Left-handed senior pitching standout Joey DeNato set the tone for the series, tossing a no-hitter in a 4-0 victory in the April 26 series opener.

Falcons extend winning streak

Baseball:

- Torrey Pines extended its winning streak to eight games as the Falcons swept a three game Avocado League series from Mission Hills.

Joey DeNato pitched a two-hitter in the series opener on April 19 to lead the Falcons to 5-0 victory.

Shane Bingham and Morgan Oliver each homered in support of DeNato, who struck out five batters and allowed one walk.

DeNato hit his San Diego County leading eighth homer of the season to lead the Falcons to a 10-8 victory the next day.

Brian Thene led the Falcons with three hits.

Ryan Lischer homered and drove in four runs to power a 10-1 Torrey Pines victory in the April 23 series finale.

Local runners join elite group

Track and field:

The Arcadia Invitational is arguably one of the most competitive amateur meets in the nation.

Since its 1967 inaugural, 24 national records have been set and 125 future Olympians featured at the Walnut event, which regularly attracts the nation’s best high school and college athletes.

Santa Fe Christian’s Jenna Puterbaugh and the Torrey Pines distance medley relay runners can now count themselves among the best of the best after excelling at the elite April 16 to 17 meet.

Undersized overachiever: Falcon keeps beating the odds

Joey DeNato had for years found spearfishing an intriguing sport, and on a lazy summer afternoon last year, he finally took the plunge.

He admits he’s just starting to get the feel for his new hobby, noting that hitting moving targets with a pronged stick while swimming underwater is no easy task.

But if DeNato’s success meeting challenges in baseball is any indication, then the local marine population has cause for concern.

At barely 5-foot-10 and weighing just 170 pounds, DeNato is an undersized overachiever who’s never met an obstacle he couldn’t overcome since making the varsity team at Torrey Pines as a freshman.

Falcons finish NCC Tourney with two big wins

Baseball:
- Torrey Pines closed out the North County Conference Tournament with two big wins.

The Falcons defeated Ramona 6-1 on April 6 and Poway 6-3 in a tourney finale the next day.

Zack Zehner and Shane Bingham each homered in both games to lead the Falcons offensively.

Falcons starter Joey DeNato pitched five innings for the win in the Ramona game.

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