By Gideon Rubin
Santa Fe Christian extended its winning streak to eight games in dramatic fashion, as the Eagles rallied from a three-run deficit in their last at-bat in a 5-4 nonleague win against Mater Dei on April 8 that went eight innings.
The win followed a 4-2 victory over Canyon Crest Academy on April 4.
The Eagles trailed 4-1 going into the bottom of the seventh, when they scored three runs to send the game into extra innings.
Barrett Floyd led the Eagles offensively, going 2-for-4 with a double and two RBI.
Josh Estill, Graham Gomez and Jackson Balla each contributed two hits, and Bobby Zarubin homered.
Zarubin struck out six batters in three shutout innings of relief for the win.
Estill had two hits including a triple and two RBI to lead the Eagles in the CCA game.
Nolan Gannon struck out 14 batters and allowed no walks in six innings of two-hit ball in which he allowed one unearned run.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 9-3.
Reliable pitching helped Cathedral Catholic win 9 of its first 11 nonleague games to start the season.
The Dons pitching seems to have only gotten better after recording shutouts in their first two Eastern League games against La Jolla.
The Dons beat La Jolla 7-0 on April 5 and then 6-0 two days later.
Daniel Camarena struck out 14 batters and allowed no walks in a complete game one-hitter to lead the Dons in the first game.
In the second game, Steven Gonsalves tossed a complete game three-hitter. He struck out 11 batters and allowed three walks.
Brandon Nelos and Matt Boermeester each had two hits to lead the Dons offensively in the first game.
Jesse Kay was 2-for-2 with two doubles and Tommy Valles homered and drove in two runs to lead the Dons in the second game.
Dons pitchers have shut-out five of their last six opponents, and have allowed just 11runs over their last 11 games.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 11-2.
After winning 11 of its first 12 games to start the season, Torrey Pines has cooled off, as the Falcons were swept by perennial power Rancho Bernardo in a Palomar League opening three-game series.
A 12-0 loss to Rancho Bernardo on April 5 snapped the Falcons six-game winning streak.
The Falcons lost 7-6 on April 7, and then 5-1 in the April 9 series finale.
Garrett Stubbs went 2-for-4 with two doubles and Michael Mullin, and Morgan Oliver each added two hits for Torrey Pines in the April 7 game, when the Falcons squandered a 6-0 lead after two innings.
The Falcons’ overall record for the season fell to 11-4.
San Diego Jewish Academy defeated Calvin Christian 10-5 in a Coastal League North game on April 6, but the Lions didn’t get much time to celebrate, losing to Escondido Charter 15-0 the next day.
Ricky Pamensky led the Lions offensively in the Calvin Christian game, going 3-for-3 with a double and two RBI, and Jonathan LaZare had two hits including a triple and drove in four runs.
The Lions fell to 1-1 in league and 6-3 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines overcame a two-run deficit in its last at-bat as the Falcons opened Palomar League play with a dramatic 5-4 victory over Ramona on April 7.
Mary Lee led the Falcons offensively, going 2-for-2 with a double and two runs scored, and Emma Wong and Zeyna Gilliam each contributed two hits.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 16-4-1.
Canyon Crest Academy defeated Mountain Empire 4-0 in a Valley League opener for both teams on April 6.
Brittney Meredith and Ann Narukawa combined on a five-hit shutout to lead the Ravens.
Meredith, who started and got the win, struck out four batters and allowed two hits and no walks in four innings.
Narukawa struck out four batters and allowed three hits and one walk in three innings.
Alison Delnegro and Natalie Toothacre each had one hit and one RBI to lead the Ravens offensively.
The Ravens improved their overall record for the season to 4-7.
Cathedral Catholic trounced Our Lady of the Peace 18-1 in a nonleague game on April 4 mercy-ruled after five innings.
Courtney Rivera and Jenna Shine combined on a no-hitter to lead the Dons.
Rivera, who started, struck out five batters and allowed no walks in four innings, but she hit a batter in the first who eventually came around to score on an error for an unearned run.
Shine struck out the side in the fifth.
Riley Price had four hits including a triple and a homer and drove in four runs and Beth Smetana had three hits including two doubles and four RBI to lead the Dons offensively.
Milan Botte had three hits including a home run, and Jazlyn Hallare and Dominique Madruga each added two hits.