By Gideon Rubin
Cathedral Catholic won its third San Diego Section Div. III title in four years, defeating El Capitan 3-2 in the June 4 title game at San Diego State’s Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Dons trailed 2-1 in the top of the fifth when Nico Garbella’s two-run double gave them a lead they wouldn’t relinquish.
Daniel Camarena tossed a complete-game two-hitter. He allowed two runs (one earned) and struck out six while allowing one walk.
Garbella had two of the Dons’ six hits. Stephen Haviar added one hit and one RBI.
Matt Boermeester had two hits and drove in the game’s only run for Cathedral Catholic.
The Dons advanced to the finals after defeating Monte Vista 1-0 in a thrilling eight-inning June 2 semifinal.
Gonsalves, who was credited with the victory, pitched one inning scoreless inning in relief of starter Michael Martin, who struck out six batters and allowed one walk in seven innings of six-hit ball.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 30-4.
Getting to the Div. V finals was no easy task for Santa Fe Christian.
But once they got there, the Eagles made quick work of Horizon in an 8-1 victory at Cathedral Catholic High on June 3.
The Eagles lost to Calvary Christian 6-2 in a double-elimination tournament semifinal on May 31, but they bounced back for a 4-3 against Calvary Christian two days later.
In the Horizon game, the Eagles scored four runs in the bottom of the second to open up a 6-1 lead on their way to their third section title in school history and their first since 2005.
Nolan Gannon had two hits and two RBI and Barrett Floyd had two hits including a double, one RBI, and scored two runs to lead the Eagles offensively.
Eagles starter Bobby Zarubin allowed one run on five hits in five innings for the win. He struck out five batters and allowed four walks.
Graham Gomez pitched two innings of shutout ball in relief of Zarubin in a nonsave situation.
Gannon struck out 12 batters and allowed three runs on five hits and four walks in a complete game effort to lead the Eagles in the Calvary Christian game.
Gannon contributed offensively too with a homer and a double and two runs scored to lead the Eagles in their semifinal win against Calvary Christian.
Josh Estill and Zarubin each contributed two hits.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 23-7.
Torrey Pines came within one victory of advancing to Div. I finals.
The Falcons defeated Grossmont 3-2 in a double-elimination tournament semifinal on May 31, but they needed two wins, and couldn’t close the deal, losing to Grossmont 4-3 in a second game on June 2.
Brian Thene pitched seven innings of two-hit ball to get the win for Torrey Pines in the first game.
Morgan Oliver had two hits and one RBI to lead Torrey Pines in the second game.
The Falcons concluded their season with a 26-11 overall record.