By Gideon Rubin
Cathedral Catholic’s amazing season ended with a forgettable loss, as the Dons suffered their most lopsided defeat of the season, 84-64 to Alemany of Mission Hills (Los Angeles County) in the Southern California Division II semifinals.
The Dons, whose three previous losses were by a combined 12 points, were outscored by that margin in a decisive 27-15 third quarter that left them trailing 63-50.
Xavier Williams led the Dons with 23 points and 10 rebounds, and Nikisha Federico added 14 points and six boards.
The loss snapped a seven-game winning streak, the Dons’ third longest of the season. The Dons concluded their season with a 30-4 overall record.
Torrey Pines continued its torrid start as the Falcons extended their season-opening winning streak to six games with a 4-1 victory over Santa Fe Christian in the Falcon-Pirate Baseball Classic title game on March 16,
Reed Mason and Cody Sheppard each had two hits and Kyle Johnson contributed a double and two RBI to lead the Falcons offensively.
Daniel Reitzler struck out five batters and allowed two hits and no walks in five shutout innings of two-hit ball for the win.
Bobby Zarubin’s solo homer in the sixth was the lone offensive highlight for SFC.
Torrey Pines advanced to the finals after defeating San Dieguito Academy 3-0 on March 13.
Luc Rennie pitched a two-hit shutout, striking out nine batters and allowing one walk to lead the Falcons.
Mason and Rennie each had two hits and Larson had one hit and two RBI to lead the Falcons offensively.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 6-0.
The Eagles advanced to the finals after defeating Point Loma 1-0 on March 13 and Scripps Ranch 8-2 two days later.
Nolan Gannon pitched six innings of four-hit ball for the win in the Point Loma game. He struck out 11 batters and allowed two walks.
Zarubin and Josh Estill each had two hits to lead the Eagles offensively.
Mitchell Stehly drove in the game’s only run with a sacrifice fly that scored Estill.
Estill had three hits including two doubles and two RBI to lead the Eagles in the Scripps Ranch game.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 7-1.
Cathedral Catholic was held to two hits as the Dons lost to El Capitan 3-0 in the Hilltop-Lolitas title game on March 16
Dons starting pitcher Brady Aiken, who wasn’t involved in the decision, struck out nine batters and allowed three walks in four shutout innings of two-hit ball.
The Dons advanced to the finals after defeating Valhalla 6-0 on March 13 and Poway 7-2 two days later.
Michael Martin had three hits and Hayden Grant had a triple and two RBI to lead the Dons in the Valhalla game.
Stephen Gonsalves added two hits including a triple.
Alex Schick pitched six innings of four-hit ball, combining with Aiken on the shutout.
Gonsalves had a double and drove in three runs to lead the Dons offensively in the Poway game.