By Gideon Rubin
Perennial power Cathedral Catholic has been to the San Diego Section Division III finals four straight years, with three championships under its belt over that period.
These days, all signs are pointing to yet another June visit to Tony Gwynn Stadium.
The Dons continued their dominance of Western League play as they tallied three more league wins to stretch their winning streak to 10 games.
The Dons completed a two-game series sweep of Point Loma with a 4-2 victory on April 23.
Then they swept another two-game set from Mission Bay, with 4-2 and 6-0 victories on April 25 and 27.
Command specialist Brady Aiken pitched a two-hit shutout for the Dons in their most recent victory, in which he struck out three batters and allowed just one walk.
Stephen Gonsalves led the Dons offensively with two hits including a double and two RBI.
Brandon Nelson doubled and drove in two runs to lead the Dons in the first Mission Bay game.
Jesse Kay had two hits including a solo homer and scored two runs in the Point Loma game, and Hutton Moyer contributed three hits.
The Dons improved to 6-0 in league and 20-3 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian had its five-game winning snapped in heartbreaking fashion, but it didn’t take the Eagles long to get payback.
The Eagles lost the first game of a Coastal League South doubleheader to St. Augustine 8-7 in a game decided in the game’s last at-bat in the bottom of the seventh - and that was after SFC scored two runs in the top of the seventh to tie the game at 7-7.
They won the second game 8-5 for their sixth win in seven games.
Nolan Gannon had three hits including a double and four RBI to lead the Eagles, who trailed 3-2 going into the top of the fifth, when they scored five runs in a decisive rally.
The Eagles improved to 3-0 in league and 18-5 overall for the season.
Canyon Crest Academy has broken out of an early season slump with a vengeance.
The Ravens, who lost 13 of their first 15 games, have now won five of their last six, and the turnaround couldn’t have come at a better time.
CCA took two of three Valley League games from Orange Glen to dramatically bolster their standing after a dreadful start.
The Ravens lost the series opener 6-3 on April 24, but they bounced back for 6-0 and 7-5 wins in a doubleheader sweep four days later.
Jack Kaloogian pitched a four-hit shutout to lead the Ravens in the first game of the doubleheader.
Samir Jafri led the Ravens offensively with three hits, and Austin Kay added two hits including a double and two RBI.
Jafri and Brandon Smith each had two hits and Riley Adams homered to lead the Ravens in the second game.
The Ravens improved to 5-3 in league and 7-14 overall for the season.
San Diego Jewish Academy bounced back from a tough loss with a decisive win.
The Lions lost to Lutheran 7-6 in a Coastal League North game on April 24 decided in the game’s last at-bat in the bottom of the seventh.
But they rebounded with a 9-3 league victory over Calvin Christian two days later.
Jonathan LaZare was 3-for-4 with two doubles and a triple and three RBI to lead the Lions in the Lutheran game.
LaZare had three hits including a double and three RBI to lead the Lions in the Calvin Christian game. Brandon Mores also had three hits including a double and Jake Posnock and Aaron Perez each added two hits.
The Lions improved to 2-2-1 in league and 4-3-1 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines got back on track after experiencing its first rough patch of the season.
The Falcons had lost three of four games before beating Westview 2-0 and Ramona 1-0 in Palomar League games on April 25 and 27.
Rachel Nasland pitched a seven-hit shutout in which she struck out seven allowed no walks to lead the Falcons in the Westveiw game.
Emily Wolking led the Falcons offensively with two hits.
Nasland and Taylor Lee combined on a two-hit shutout to lead the Falcons in the Ramona game.
Lee struck out eight batters and allowed two hits and two walks in five innings, and Nasland struck out four batters and allowed no walks in two innings.
The Falcons improved to 3-2 in league and 22-4 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Mission Bay 5-4 in a Western League game on April 26 as the Dons won for the 13th time in 14 games.
Sarai Niu had two hits including a double and three RBI to lead the Dons, and Hannah Gilliland added two hits.
The Dons improved to 5-2 in league and 15-7 overall for the season.