A tournament that started with a dispiriting loss ended in a celebration for Santa Fe Christian.
The Eagles' 6-2 victory over Mira Mesa in the Lions Tournament 5A Division championship game on March 24 was their fourth straight tournament win.
They lost to Canyon Crest Academy 6-0 in the tournament opener on March 21.
Ari Gerber pitched a three-hitter to lead the Eagles in the championship game, allowing two runs (both unearned) and no walks.
Van Coykendall had two hits and three RBI to lead the Eagles offensively.
Earlier in the day Matt Pierson tossed a shutout in a 3-0 victory over Del Norte in which he scattered eight hits.
Pierson struck out five batters and allowed no walks.
Bryson Hashimoto and Kyle Ferraro each had two hits to lead the Eagles offensively.
The Eagles started to turn things around when Kyle Ferarro tossed a four-hit shutout to lead them to a 3-0 victory over West Hills March 22.
The Eagles defeated Brighton 3-0 on the next day as Tyler Thornton tossed a one-hit shutout in which he struck out 11 batters.
The Eagles improved to 9-3 overall for the season.
CCA's Hugo Kinebuchi pitched five scoreless innings to lead the Ravens in the tournament opener, combining with reliever Brent Peluso on the shutout.
The victory was the Ravens' seventh straight to start the season.
But they were eliminated from the tournament after a 9-5 loss to Brighton (Colo.) on March 22 and a 4-3 loss to West Hills the next day.
Cathedral Catholic lost to El Camino Real of Woodland Hills 5-3 in the championship game of the Lions Tournament's elite Classic Division on March 25.
The Dons defeated Rancho Bernardo 3-1 in the semifinals on March 24 behind a great pitching performance from Sam Miller.
Miller pitched a complete-game one-hitter in which he struck out seven batters and allowed no walks. He allowed one unearned in the top of the seventh inning.
Jacob Alfred had three hits and Jordan Chang doubled and drove in a run to lead the Dons offensively.
The Dons opened the tournament with a 7-5 victory over El Capitan on March 21 in which Chang had two hits including a double and two RBI and Cole Mueller had two hits.
The Dons trounced Montgomery 15-2 in a game that was mercy-ruled after five innings on March 22.
The Dons put up big offensive numbers without an extra-base hit, combining for 15 hits and six walks. Montgomery committed two errors.
Jacob Allred went 3-for-3 with three runs scored and Kai Walter had two hits and two RBI.
Patrick McLoughlin, Cade Brown and Jordan Chang each contributed two hits.
Jacob Goddard drove score two runs and had one RBI without getting an official at bat, drawing walks in all four plate appearances.
The Dons defeated West Linn (Ore.) 7-5 the next day.
Bradley Polinsky, Kai Walter and Hunter Reh each contributed two hits.
The Dons improved to 7-3 overall for the season.
La Costa Canyon defeated Narbonne of Harbor City 12-3 in a Classic Division consolation game on March 24.
Mickey Moniak had three hits including a double and a triple and drove in five runs to lead the Mavericks.
Griffin Teisher and Spencer Jones each contributed three hits.
The Mavericks improved to 7-2 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines defeated West Linn 4-0 in Classic Division consolation game on March 24.
Starter Tucker Pike struck out five batters and allowed one walk in five shutout innings of one-hit ball to lead the Falcons.
He combined with reliever Andre Nordan on the shutout.
The Falcons improve their overall record for the season to 6-3.
San Dieguito Academy defeated Mission Vista 8-0 in a nonleague game on March 25.
Tara Stewart and Charli Shinstine each had three hits to lead the Mustangs. Rachel Gartner added two hits and two RBI
Mustangs starter Tara Stewart tossed a two-hitter in which she struck out nine batters and allowed one walk.
The Mustangs improved their overall record for the season to 4-9.
Santa Fe Christian lost to Del Norte 13-5 in a nonleague game on March 22.
Sienna Verdult scored four goals and had one assist to lead the Eagles.
The loss followed a 20-5 Coastal League victory over Francis Parker.
Aislinn Mahony scored four goals and had four assists to lead the Eagles and Verdult scored four goals and had three assists.
Gracie Shafqat added four goals.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 5-2.