By Gideon Rubin
Junior pitching standout Nolan Gannon tossed a no-hitter to lead Santa Fe Christian to a 4-0 victory over Mt. Carmel in a nonleague Pirate-Falcon tournament game on March 15.
Gannon struck out 15 batters and allowed two walks and helped himself with his bat too, going 2-for-3 with a double and an RBI.
Cal Roberts also had a big game offensively for the Eagles, going 2-for-2 with two RBI.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 2-3.
Torrey Pines’ season-opening five-game winning streak ended when the Falcons lost to La Costa Canyon 10-4 in the finals of the Pirate-Falcon tournament on March 19.
The Falcons advanced to the finals after a 6-5 semifinal victory over San Pasqual on March 15.
Garrett Stubbs had two hits including a double and Morgan Oliver had two hits and two RBI to lead the Falcons offensively in the LCC game.
Taylor Murphy went 2-for-4 with a solo homer to lead the Falcons in the San Pasqual game and Sam Wisenberg contributed a double and two RBI.
Falcons reliever Luc Rennie, who was credited with the victory, struck out five batters and allowed one unearned run in five-innings of two-hit ball.
Cathedral Catholic needed a stirring comeback and dominant pitching to win its first two games.
But the perennially dominant Dons now appear to be back to more familiar form of winning their last two games by decisive margins.
The Dons concluded the Hilltop-Lolita tournament with an 8-2 victory over St. Augustine in the consolation finals on March 18, a day after beating Bonita Vista 9-3.
The Dons, who opened the tournament with a 5-0 loss to Granite Hills on March 9, rallied from a three-run deficit in their last at-bat to defeat St. Augustine 10-9 on March 12.
They haven’t lost since.
Stephen Gonsalves pitched six innings of one-hit ball to lead the Dons to a 1-0 victory over Rancho Bernardo on March 15.
Nico Gabrella drove in the game’s only run in the bottom of the fourth, when he singled in Jesse Kay.
Gabrella, who’s also the Dons’ closer, made that run hold up in a white-knuckle seventh in which he struck out the side but allowed two hits including a double.
Gabrella hit a grand slam to power the Dons in the Bonita Vista game.
Stephan Haviar had three hits including a double and Gabrella went 2-for-4 with a homer and two RBI to lead the Dons in the St. Augustine game.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 4-1.
Canyon Crest Academy’s hot bats were finally shut down in an 8-2 loss to San Diego in a nonleague Christian Patriot tournament game on March 17.
The loss followed decisive wins earlier in the week. The Ravens defeated El Cajon Valley 10-1 on March 15, and Rock Academy 10-3 the next day.
The Ravens were held to three hits in the San Diego game.
Frank Montana had three hits and two RBI to lead the Ravens in the ECV game.
Ravens pitcher Matthew Dinerman, who was credited with the victory, struck out eight batters and allowed one run on six hits and two walks in six innings.
Dinerman had three hits and Sameer Jafri had two hits and two RBI to lead the Ravens in the Rock Academy game.
Jack Kaloogian, who was credited with the win, pitched five innings of one-hit ball.
San Diego Jewish Academy rebounded from its first loss of the season with a 3-2 nonleague victory over Christian Life Academy on March 17.
The win followed an 8-0 loss to Calvary Christian on March 16.
Jonathan LaZare had two hits including a double and two RBI to lead the Lions in the CLA game.
Brandon Morse, who was credited with the victory, struck out five batters and allowed two runs (both unearned) in six innings of two-hit ball.
Cathedral Catholic rallied from a four-run deficit for a dramatic 6-5 victory over Torrey Pines in a nonleague game on March 17.
Torrey Pines broke open a scoreless game when the Falcons scored four runs in the third.
The Dons scored two runs in the fifth and three in the sixth to take a 5-4 lead.
The Falcons tied the game in the top of the seventh, but the Dons scored the game-winner in their last at-bat in the bottom of the seventh.
Dominique Madruga had three hits including a double to lead the Dons, and Riley Price and Milan Botte each added two hits.
Lauren Hynes was 1-for-3 with a triple and four RBI to lead the Falcons.
Cathedral Catholic fell to 4-2 overall for the season after losing to Laguna Hills 6-0 in a nonleague game on March 19.
Torrey Pines rebounded from the Cathedral Catholic loss with a 5-3 win over El Camino in the El Camino tournament on March 18, and a 14-3 victory against Helix in the Helix-Falcon Fiesta tournament the next day.
Mary Lee went 1-for-3 with two RBI to lead the Falcons in the El Camino game.
Hynes and Emma Wong each had three hits to lead the Falcons in the Helix game.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 7-3-1.