Santa Fe Christian Eagles don’t let venue intimidate


  • Santa Fe Christian is a small-school program that apparently isn’t easily fazed by cavernous venues.

The Eagles defeated Bishop’s 10-5 in a nonleague game at Petco Park on May 7 for their seventh consecutive victory.
The victor followed a pair of impressive Coastal League North wins earlier in the week — they beat Escondido Charter 7-0 on May 5, and Calvin Christian 21-2 two days later.

Barrett Floyd had four hits and Jake McKinney had two hits and four RBI to lead the Eagles in the Bishop’s game.

Eagles starter John Gamble combined with Bobby Zarubin on a four-hitter in the Escondido Charter game.

Gamble, who was credited with the victory, struck out five batters and allowed four hits and no walks in five innings.

Ethan Ogden had two hits including a homer.

Josh Estill led the Eagles in the Calvin Christian romp, going 4-for-4 with three homers and seven RBI.

The Eagles improved to 6-0 in league and 15-4-1 overall for the season.

  • Torrey Pines extended its winning streak to 14 games as the Falcons swept a three-game Avocado League series from San Pasqual of Escondido.

Andrew Goodman had two hits and two RBI and Evan Mason added two hits to lead the first place Falcons to a 6-4 victory in the May 5 series opener.
Nate Walker and Reed Mason combined on a five-hitter to lead the Falcons to a 2-1 victory in the first game of a May 8 doubleheader.

Walker, who started and was credited with the victory, struck out six batters and allowed one run on four hits and two walks in five innings. Mason struck out three batters and allowed one hit and one walk in two innings of shutout ball.

The Falcons pounded out 11 hits including five doubles in a 10-3 win later in the day.

Morgan Oliver, Joey DeNato and Shane Bingham each had two hits including a double, and Kyle Johnson and Taylor Murphy both doubled and drove in a pair of runs.

Falcons starter Cole Swanson, who was credited with the victory, pitched 5 2/3 innings of two-hit ball. He combined with reliever Brine Thene on a four-hitter.

The Falcons improved to 12-0 in league and 22-6 overall for the season.

  • Cathedral Catholic rebounded nicely from midseason slump with a timely two-game Western League series sweep of University City.

Jared Davis had three hits including a pair of doubles and two RBI and Eric Sapp added three hits to lead the Dons in a 9-4 victory in the May 5 series opener.
Casey Munoz had two hits including a homer in a 3-2 Dons victory two days later.

Dons starter Daniel Camarena struck out nine batters and allowed two runs on seven hits and two walks in seven innings.

The Dons, who’d lost three of their last four games going into the series, improved to 6-2 in league and 14-9 overall for the season.


  • Sophomore pitching standout Lauren Hynes pitched a six-hit shutout to lead Torrey Pines to a 3-0 victory over Escondido in an Avocado League game on May 6.

Hynes struck out four batters and allowed one walk as she improved to 6-0 overall for the season.
The first-place Falcons improved to 6-0 in league and 20-4-2 overall for the season.

The Falcons eclipsed the 20-win plateau for a second straight year (they were 24-7 last season) and just the fourth time in the program’s 36-year history.

Kristen Filicia, who led the Falcons offensively with two hits, scored her 32nd run of the season, tying a school record.

The victory followed a 5-3 win against La Costa Canyon two days earlier.

Falcons starter Rachel Nasland struck out seven batters and allowed three runs on three hits and two walks in six innings for the win.

Zeyna Gilliam led the Falcons offensively, going 2-for-2 with three runs scored, and Madeline Tayer added two hits.

  • Cathedral Catholic staged an improbable comeback to win its fourth straight game.

The Dons scored four runs their last at-bat in the bottom of the eighth inning, capping an exhilarating and exhausting extra-inning 5-4 Western League victory over Point Loma on May 5.
Natalie Orosco and Beth Smetana each had three hits and Bianca Buono had two hits and two RBI to lead the Dons, who won for the eighth in 10 games.

The victory followed an 11-1 thrashing of Clairemont of San Diego in a league game two days earlier.

Milan Botte had three hits including a triple and two RBI to lead the route, and Riley Price contributed two hits and two RBI.

Dons starter Courtney Rivera pitched a four-hitter, striking out four batters and allowing one unearned run and no walks.

The Dons improved to 7-1 in league and 16-7-2 overall for the season.


  • Medalist Michael Craven shot a two-over-par 73 to lead Santa Fe Christian to a first place finish at the May 5 Coastal League North tournament on an 18-hole course at Lake San Marcos Country Club.

The Eagles shot a combined 417, finishing eight strokes ahead of second-place Army-Navy.