Lions roar to 10th straight victory


Considering how dominant San Diego Jewish Academy pitching sensation Michael Fagan has been in three-plus seasons, nothing he does at this point should really come as a surprise.

But Fagan turned in another jaw-dropping performance — even by his own ridiculously high standards — as he led the torrid Lions to their 10th straight victory to start the season.

Fagan struck out all 15 batters he faced in five innings to lead the Lions to a 12-0 Citrus League West victory over Lutheran of Chula Vista on March 29.

He breezed through the game throwing just 56 pitches.

Fagan combined with Brandon Morse on a one-hit shutout. Morse, who inherited a 10-0 lead when he took over for Fagan in the sixth, struck out three batters and allowed one hit and no walks in two innings.

Morse and David Raimi each had two hits, including a double and two RBI to lead the Lions offensively.

Fagan became the state’s leader in strikeouts with 80. He improved his record 5-0 as he lowered his ERA to 0.44. Fagan ranks second in San Diego County and 34th in ERA, and is tied for eighth in the state and leads the county in victories.

The Lions improved to 9-0 in league and 10-0 overall for the season.

  • Torrey Pines lost to Jupiter (Fla.) 4-1 in the prestigious Lions Tournament Classic Division title game on April 1.

The Falcons advanced to the finals after defeating Elk Grove (near Sacramento) 6-4 earlier in the day.
They split their first two tournament games, defeating Rancho Bernardo 5-1 in the March 30 opener and losing to Temecula Valley 5-1 the next day.

Joey DeNato and Garrett Stubbs each had two hits to lead the Falcons offensively in defeat against Jupiter.

DeNato hit his fifth homer of the season in the Elk Grove game.

Andrew Goodman led the Falcons in the Rancho Bernardo game, going 3-for-3 with two RBI.

Falcons starter Nate Walker pitched a two-hitter against Rancho Bernardo. He struck out six batters and allowed one unearned run and three walks in seven innings.

The Falcons’ overall record for the season fell to 8-6.

  • Cathedral Catholic finished the Lions Tournament strong, winning its last two games after losing its first two in the Classic Division.

The Dons opened with a 2-0 loss to La Costa Canyon on March 29 and lost to Jupiter (Fla.) 4-3 the next day.
They rebounded with a 6-4 win against Vista on March 31 and beat Otay Ranch 9-8 on April 1.

The Dons combined for 12 hits with three home runs in the Otay Ranch game.

Nico Garbella had three hits including a homer and three RBI to lead the Dons. Nick Fornaca and Jared Davis also homered for the Dons.

The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 8-5.

  • Santa Fe Christian went 1-2 in the Lions Tournament.

The Eagles opened with a 4-0 victory over El Diamante, but lost to University City 13-9 on March 30 and then 6-2 to Oceanside the next day.
Graham Gomez pitched a six-hit shutout to lead the Eagles. He struck out seven batters and allowed two walks for the win.

Treyven Reese led the Eagles offensively, going 2-for-4 with a double and one RBI.

Reese, Josh Estill and Ethan Ogden each homered to lead the Eagles offensively in the University game.

The Eagles fell to 6-3-1 overall for the season.


  • Host Torrey Pines lost to West Hills 9-2 in the title game of the Falcon Fiesta tournament on April 3.

The loss snapped the Falcons’ eight-game unbeaten streak that included one tie.
The Falcons opened the tournament with a 5-0 victory over Parker on March 31, and they defeated Scripps Ranch 5-4 in an April 3 semifinal.

Rachel Nasland led the Falcons in the Parker game, striking out 13 batters and allowing two walks in a two-hit complete game shutout.

Kellie Burr, Mary Lee and Kristen Filicia each had two hits to lead the Falcons offensively.

Lee and Filicia each had two hits for Torrey Pines in the Scripps Ranch game, and Alexa Lomborg homered for the Falcons in the title game.

The Falcons fell to 11-3-2 overall for the season.


  • Red-hot Torrey Pines defeated Poway 192-210 in a nonleague match on April 1 at Santa Fe Golf Course.

Jay Hwang shot a 1-under-par 35 to lead the Falcons, who stretched their season-opening winning streak to 13 matches.
David Smith contributed a 37 score for the Falcons, and Ryan Burgess shot a 39.