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.
"I'm really proud of the way we bounced back from that (Poway) game (on May 28)," Torrey Pines coach Matt Chess said. "I think they've showed a lot of guts."
Zehner went 4-for-4 with four RBI, and Taylor Murphy, Shane Bingham and Garrett Stubbs each contributed two hits.
Joey DeNato, who pitched a scoreless seventh in relief of starter Nate Walker, was credited with the victory.
Walker struck out seven batters and allowed four runs (two earned) on seven hits and one walk in six innings.
Morgan Oliver and Evan Mason each had two hits in defeat for the Falcons in the Poway game.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 24-10.
- Cathedral Catholic defeated St. Augustine 3-0 in a Div. III quarterfinal game.
Daniel Camarena pitched a seven-hit shutout as the Dons won their ninth straight game.
Ray Lowder and Jeff Healey each had two hits to lead the Dons offensively.
The Dons defeated Brawley 7-3 in a Div. III playoff opener on May 26.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 21-9.
- Santa Fe Christian lost to Calvary Christian 2-1 in a Div. IV playoff first round game on May 25.
The loss snapped a 12-game Eagles winning streak.
Eagles starter Bobby Zarubin took the loss despite an outstanding effort. He struck out nine batters and allowed two runs (one earned) on seven hits and no walks.
The Eagles fell to 19-5-1 overall for the season.
- Canyon Crest Academy lost to St. Augustine 3-1 in a Div. III playoff first-round game on May 25 that went eight innings.
Ravens starter Matt Malott went the distance, striking out seven batters and allowing three runs (two earned) on six hits and one walk.
Chris Bianchi had two of the Ravens' five hits.
The Ravens concluded their season with a 13-14 overall mark.
- San Diego Jewish Academy lost to Bishop's 3-0 in a Div. V playoff first-round game on May 25 despite an outstanding effort from pitcher Michael Fagan.
Fagan tossed a one-hitter, striking out 14 batters and allowing three runs (one earned).
The Lions concluded their season with an 11-2 overall record.
- Torrey Pines lost to El Camino 1-0 in eight innings in the Div. I finals on May 29.
Falcons freshman Rachel Nasland took the loss despite pitching a three-hitter.