By Gideon Rubin
On a day when Cathedral Catholic’s high-powered offense was held in check, the Dons had to rely on the arm of pitching standout Daniel Camarena.
Fortunately for the Dons, Camarena happens to have one special arm.
The University of San Diego-bound southpaw tossed a complete game six-hitter in a 1-0 victory over Ramona in a San Diego Section Div. III quarterfinal on May 27.
The Dons, who are seeking their third title in four years, were scheduled to meet Monte Vista in the semifinals on May 31.
Camarena struck out six batters and allowed one walk.
His bat was a decisive factor too.
The Dons scored the game’s only run in the fifth when Camarena doubled in Stephen Gonsalves.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 28-4.
Torrey Pines went through a play-in, experienced a first-round loss, and lived to tell about it.
The Falcons took the hard road, but they advanced to the semifinals after a 12-4 loser’s bracket victory over San Pasqual on May 28.
Torrey Pines was scheduled to play Grossmont in the semis on May 31, with the Falcons needing two wins to advance to the double-elimination tournament’s Div. I finals.
The Falcons defeated Eastlake 10-5 in a May 24 play-in.
They lost to San Pasqual 4-0 the next day, but they stayed alive by beating Mission Hills 6-3 on May 27, and then the San Pasqual playoff rematch.
Morgan Oliver and Kyle Johnson each had two hits including a home run, and Jack Mitchell added a three-run homer to lead the Falcons in the San Pasqual game.
Oliver and Brian Thene each had two hits to lead the Falcons in the Mission Hills game.
In a surprising move in the second San Pasqual game, seldom used pitcher Sam Wisenberg made a spot start. The move paid off for the Falcons, with Wisenberg allowing one run in four innings of four-hit ball.
Taylor Murphy led the Falcons offensively, going 3 for 4 with two doubles and six RBI.
Garrett Stubbs had three hits including a double and a home run, and Oliver had two hits and three RBI.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 25-10.
Santa Fe Christian defeated Calvary Christian 3-1 to advance in the Div. IV quarterfinals.
The victory followed a first-round 21-0 shellacking of Lutheran.
Nolan Gannon struck out 14 batters and allowed one walk and one unearned run in a complete game five-hitter to lead the Eagles in the San Pasqual game.
Barrett Floyd had two hits and two RBI including a triple to lead the Eagles offensively.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 21-6.
Josh Estill had three hits including two homers and drove in six runs to lead the Eagles in the Lutheran game.
Jake McKinney had two hits and four RBI and Bobby Zarubin added two hits and three RBI.
The Eagles were scheduled to face San Pasqual in the semifinals of the double-elimination tournament, with San Pasqual needing to beat the Eagles twice to advance to the finals.