By Gideon Rubin
Cathedral Catholic’s era of dominance has turned into a full-blown dynasty.
The Dons defeated El Capitan 3-1 in the San Diego Section Division III title game on June 2 at Tony Gwynn Stadium for their fourth championship in five years.
The Dons were making their fifth straight title game appearance.
Their championship game victory was their ninth straight win victory going back to May 4.
It followed a dramatic 2-1 victory over University City in the semifinals on May 29.
Stephen Gonsalves pitched a three-hitter in the championship game. He struck out eight batters and allowed two walks. The only run charged to him was unearned.
Brandon Nelson was 1 for 3 with two RBI and Matt Boermeester had two hits to lead the Dons offensively.
The Dons set the tone for the win when they took a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning.
The extended the lead to 3-0 in when they tacked on two runs in the sixth.
In the University City game, the Dons rallied from a 1-0 deficit in their last at-bat, pushing across the tying and winning runs in the bottom of the seventh that sent the Dons back for a return trip to Tony Gwynn Stadium.
Brady Aiken pitched a two-hitter to lead the Dons in the University City game. He struck out 12 batters and allowed no walks.
Nelson and Aiken each had two hits, and Derek Black contributed one hit and one RBI to lead the Dons offensively.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 30-5.
Santa Fe Christian survived a white-knuckle seventh inning to win its second consecutive San Diego Section Division IV title.
The Eagles defeated Madison 4-3 in the June 2 title game at Tony Gwynn Stadium for their 11th straight win.
They advanced to the title game after defeating Valley Center 5-0 in a May 29 semifinal.
Their championship game victory, however, was not for the faint of heart.
The Eagles led 4-0 going into the bottom of the seventh, when a plucky Madison team pushed a across three runs.
But in the end, pitching standout Nolan Gannon got the last out he needed in a complete game effort.
Gannon struck out 14 batters and allowed three runs on six hits.
Josh Estill led the Eagles offensively, going 2 for 3 with a homer and a double and three runs scored.
Bobby Zarubin combined with John Gamble on a three-hitter in the Valley Center game.
Zarubin, who started and was credited with the win, pitched three innings of two-hit ball. He struck out five batters and allowed two walks.
Gamble struck out three batters and allowed one walk in four innings of one-hit ball.
Graham Gomez had two hits including a double and three RBI to lead the Eagles offensively..
Gamble had two hits including a double, and Zarubin homered and drove in two runs.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 28-5.