By Gideon Rubin
A week that started with Cathedral Catholic extending its season-best winning streak to 11 games ended with the Dons suffering consecutive losses for the first time on the year.
The Dons defeated La Costa Canyon 5-4 in a Western League game on May 1 to extend a winning streak that they started back on April 3.
But their offense sputtered in league losses to University by 1-0 and 3-1 margins on May 2 and May 4.
Hutton Moyer had two hits including a home run and Brandon Nelson added two hits in the LCC game.
The Dons lost the first University City game despite a great pitching effort from Brady Aiken, who struck out five and allowed one unearned run in a four-hitter.
The Dons wasted another great pitching effort in the second University City game, with Michael Martin striking out nine and allowing no walks in a five-hitter. One of the runs charged to him was unearned.
Moyer had two of the Dons’ four hits.
The Dons fell to 6-2 in league and 21-5 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian continued its dominance of Coastal League South play as the Eagles piled on two more decisive victories.
The Eagles defeated Bishop’s 13-0 on May 1 and then beat Escondido Charter 13-3 two days later.
The Eagles have won three straight games and nine of their last 10.
In the Bishop’s game, Bobby Zarubin led the Eagles offensively with four hits including a double and a home run and three RBI. Graham Gomez added three hits.
Gannon struck out eight batters and allowed six hits and two walks in six innings for the win.
Josh Estill had three hits including a double and a triple and five RBI in the Escondido Charter game.
Zarubin, who was among four pitchers used in the game, struck out five batters in three innings for the win.
The Eagles improved to 4-0 in league and 20-5 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines rebounded from its most lopsided loss of the season with two decisive wins to take a three-game Palomar League series from Poway.
The Falcons lost to Poway 8-0 on April 30 before exacting a measure of revenge with 6-2 and 4-0 victories on May 2 and May 4.
Brock Larson tossed a six-hitter and Kyle Johnson and Reed Mason each doubled and drove in a run to help the Falcons even up the series.
Luc Rennie pitched a four-hit shutout in the series finale.
Kyle Johnson and Robert Stucky each had two hits and Larson homered and drove in two runs to lead the Falcons offensively.
The Falcons improved to 8-3 in league and 20-5-1 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Clairemont 6-1 in a Western League game on May 3.
The victory followed a 6-3 win against Madison two days earlier. The Dons have won five of their last six games.
Jenna Shine pitched a six-hitter to lead the Dons in the Clairemont game. She struck out four batters and allowed no walks.