Averaging more than six runs per game and hitting .318 as a team, Torrey Pines High School has more than enough thunder in its lineup to compete even without great pitching.
But when its pitching staff elevates its game, as it has of late, the Falcons seem unbeatable.
The Falcons defeated Escondido, 2-1, in an Avocado League game on April 18, completing a three-game sweep of the Cougars and extending Torrey Pines' winning streak to four games.
Alex Tukey, Nate Walker and Josh Sabourin combined on a three-hitter as Torrey Pines improved to 3-0 in league play and 12-5 overall for the season.
The win followed an 8-2 victory over Escondido two days earlier in which starter Joey DeNato struck out 11 batters and allowed two runs (both unearned) on four hits and one walk in six innings.
Cole Swanson struck out seven batters in six shutout innings of three-hit ball to lead the Falcons to a 7-0 win on April 14.
The Falcons held Escondido to three runs in the series and have outscored their opponents 27-3 over their last four games.
Before their 10-0 victory over Silverado of Las Vegas, which started the Falcons' winning streak, Torrey Pines pitchers were tagged for 31 runs in their previous three games. The Falcons went 1-2 over that stretch, including beating Cathedral Catholic in a 14-10 slugfest on April 6.
In the Escondido series opener, J.J. Reading had three hits, including a homer and two RBI. K.C. Rogers had a double and two RBI for Torrey Pines, and Paul Ounjian had two hits, including a double.
Ounjian had three hits, including a triple and two RBI, in the second game. Ounjian, Sabourin and Evan Mason accounted for the Falcons' only three hits in the series finale.
Cathedral Catholic opened Western League play with resounding victories, sweeping a two-game series with La Jolla.
The Dons pounded out 21 hits in a 19-2 victory in the series opener. Two days later, they tallied 16 hits with a 13-2 win.
Ryan Wilkins had four hits and four RBI and Tyler Gaffney had three hits and drove in three runs for the Dons in the series opener.
Wilkins got the win, pitching five innings of one-hit ball in which he allowed one run (unearned) and struck out 12 batters.
Gaffney had two hits and five RBI to lead the Dons in the second game.
Daniel Camarena had three hits, including a double, and Casey Husband had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs.
Dons starter Jonathan Meyer struck out eight batters and allowed two runs (both unearned) on four hits and two walks in six innings for the win.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 12-4.
Canyon Crest's Patrick Montejano pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the Ravens to a 6-0 victory over San Dieguito Academy in a nonleague game on April 15.
Montejano struck out three batters and allowed three walks.
Chris Hynes had two of the Ravens' five hits.