By Gideon Rubin
After suffering two straight losses that imperiled their Western League title aspirations, Cathedral Catholic bounced back with three consecutive wins.
The Dons snapped their skid with a 7-0 league win against Mater Dei on May 7. Then they swept a two game series from Coronado, winning 7-2 on May 9 and 5-0 two days later.
Alex Schick and Brendan Reh combined on a one-hitter to lead the Dons in the Mater Dei game. Schick allowed one walk in six innings, and Reh pitched a scoreless seventh.
Brady Aiken had three hits to lead the Dons offensively.
Stephen Gonsalves struck out 12 batters and allowed two runs on five hits in six innings to lead the Dons in the first Coronado game.
Hutton Moyer and Michael Martin each had three hits to lead the Dons offensively.
Aiken struck out 13 batters and allowed one walk in six shutout innings of one-hit ball to lead the Dons in the second game.
Gonsalves had three hits including a double.
The Dons improved to 8-2 in league and 24-5 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian remained unbeaten in Coastal League South play as the Eagles extended their winning streak to five games.
The Eagles defeated Horizon 14-8 in a league game on May 8. That followed a 3-1 league win against Parker two days later.
Josh Estill was 4 for 4 with two homers and a double and drove in six runs to lead the Eagles in the Horizon game.
Bobby Zarubin pitched a two-hitter to lead the Eagles in the Parker game.
Estill was 2 for 3 with a triple to lead the Eagles offensively.
The Eagles improved to 6-0 in league and 22-5 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines had a chance to move into a tie for first place in the Palomar League, but the Falcons couldn’t capitalize as they remained in second after losing two of three league games to Ramona.
The Falcons rebounded from a 4-3 loss in the series opener on May 7 with a 2-1 win two days later, but they lost the series finale 7-6.
Brock Larson struck out six batters and allowed one run and three walks in five innings of two-hit ball to lead the Falcons in their only win of the series.
The Falcons fell to 9-5 in league and 21-7-1 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines closed out its regular season with three straight victories to win the Palomar League title.
The Falcons clinched the title with a 1-0 victory over Ramona on May 11. The win followed a 5-4 come-from-behind win against Westview two days earlier.
Rachel Nasland pitched a one-hit shutout to lead the Falcons in the Ramona game. She struck out nine batters and allowed no walks.
Lauren Hynes singled in the game’s only run for Torrey Pines in the bottom of the fifth inning.
In the Westview game, Lauren Filicia was 4 for 4 with two doubles and two RBI lead Torrey Pines.