By Gideon Rubin
Great pitching helped Torrey Pines bounce back from a lackluster Palomar League start, as the Falcons swept a three-game series from Mt. Carmel.
The Falcons had lost their first three league games and eight in a row overall when Pete Mitchell helped get them back on track, pitching a complete game four-hitter to lead a 2-1 win in the series opener on April 16.
Mitchell struck out four batters and allowed one walk.
Mark Detrow had three hits including a double and one RBI and Matthew Mullen added two hits.
Henry Grow pitched a five-hit shutout to lead the Falcons to a 2-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against Mt. Carmel on April 20.
Grow struck out three batters and allowed one walk.
Jackson Gentes led the Falcons offensively with two hits including a triple and two RBI.
Patrick Boyd and Julian Harris combined on a four-hit shutout in a 9-0 victory in the second game that was mercy-ruled after four innings.
Boyd, who started and was credited with the victory, pitched three innings.
Harris struck out the side in the fourth.
Detrow and Rob Simsiman each had three hits to lead the Falcons offensively.
Detrow contributed two doubles and a triple and drove in two runs.
Chad Thurston added two hits including a double and two RBI.
The Falcons improved to 3-3 in league and 8-13 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic’s six-game winning streak ended with the Dons losing to St. Augustine 2-1 in a Western League game on April 18.
The loss followed a dramatic 2-1 win against Scripps Ranch two days earlier in a game that went eight innings.
Dons starter Brady Aiken, who wasn’t involved in the decision, struck out nine batters and allowed one run and five walks in six innings of two-hit ball.
Aiken was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, contributing one of the Dons three hits on the day.
Dons starter Michael Martin struck out seven batters and allowed one unearned run on five hits and no walks in five innings for the win.
Martin also led the Dons offensively with two hits including a double.
The Dons improved to 3-1 in league and 14-5 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian snapped a three-game losing streak with a wild 16-14 Coastal League South victory over Rock Academy on April 17.
The Eagles lost to Rock Academy 4-2 two days later.
SFC pounded out 16 hits in the first game, opening up a 16-6 lead going into a scary bottom of the seventh, when Rock Academy rallied for eight runs.
Dillon Paulson was 3-for-5 with two homers and six RBI to lead the Eagles offensively.
Dean Eliott contributed three hits including a double and a home run and two RBI.
Chase Bushor had two hits to lead the Eagles in the second game.
The Eagles fell to 1-3 in league and 9-11 overall for the season.
Canyon Crest Academy experienced a three-game sweep in a Palomar League series at the hands of Rancho Bernardo.