Santa Fe Christian’s winning combo: Heavy hitting, solid pitching


  • Santa Fe Christian hits well enough to win even on days when the Eagles don’t pitch especially well.

When they get both, the Eagles are practically unbeatable.
Such was the case on March 23, when Graham Gomez and Nolan Gannon combined on a five-hitter to lead the Eagles to a 5-1 nonleague victory over Patrick Henry of San Diego.

The Eagles improved to 5-1-1 overall for the season as they won for the fifth time in six games.

The team has relied heavily on an offense that three weeks into the season has been on a tear, averaging 9.4 runs per game.

Gomez started and pitched four innings for the win, allowing one run on three hits.

Gannon struck out four batters in three innings of shutout ball for the save.

Cade Gotta homered and drove in three runs and Trevyn Reese had a homer and two RBI for SFC, which was held to six hits.

SFC is batting .349 as a team with nine players hitting over .300.

Gotta (.478 average, two homers and eight RBI), Reese (.385 average, two homers, 13 RBI) and Josh Estill (.423 average, three homers, eight RBI) have been among the Eagles leading hitters.

  • Canyon Crest Academy defeated La Jolla Country Day 4-3 to win the La Jolla Classic tournament title on March 26.

The Ravens opened the tournament with a 2-0 victory over Orange Glen of Escondido on March 23, and defeated Broomfield (Col.) 3-0 the next day.
They advanced to the finals after a 19-1 shellacking of Horizon Christian of Tuslatin (Ore.) on March 26.

Fernando Freire and Michael Sosa each had two hits to lead the Ravens in the title game. The Ravens scored all four of their runs in the fourth inning.

Torrey Pines snapped a season-worst three-game losing streak with a 7-2 victory over Valley Center on March 26 in a nonleague North County tournament game.

Joey DeNato led the Falcons offensively, going 3 for 4 with a homer — his fourth of the season, which leads all of San Diego County — and a double and three RBI.

Josh Sabourin homered and drove in two runs for the Falcons.

Falcons starter Cole Swanson pitched four innings for the win, allowing two runs on five hits and one walk.

Reed Mason pitched three shutout innings for the save. He struck out five batters and allowed no hits and no walks.

The victory followed a 3-0 loss to Rancho Buena Vista on March 22 and 13-5 setback at the hands of Carlsbad two days later in North County tournament games.

DeNato also homered in the Carlsbad game.

The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 5-4.

  • Cathedral Catholic bounced back nicely after suffering two consecutive losses, defeating Clairemont 7-0 on March 24 and trouncing Hoover 22-2 two days later.

The victories followed a 5-3 loss to La Jolla on March 22, and a 4-3 loss El Capitan two days earlier.
Daniel Camarena pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the Dons in the Clairemont game, in which he struck out six batters and allowed three walks.

Eric Sapp led the Dons offensively, going 2 for 3 with a double and a homer.

Casey Munoz, Jeff Healey and Camarena each added two hits for the Dons, and Nico Garbella homered.

Nick Fornaca had three hits including two doubles and four RBI to lead the Dons in the Hoover game.

Ray Lowder had a homer and five RBI for the Dons, and Stephan Haviar had two hits and four RBI.

The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 6-3.

  • San Diego Jewish Academy stretched its winning streak to start the season to nine games.

The Lions trounced Midway Baptist 21-0 on March 25 for their third Citrus West League win in four days.
The Lions beat Lutheran 15-7 on March 23 and Christian Life Academy 5-2 the next day.

Pitching sensation Michael Fagan continued to dominate the Lions storyline with another brilliant outing.

Fagan, who leads San Diego County with 65 strikeouts and is second in the state in that category, fanned 18 batters in a complete-game four-hitter to lead the Lions in the CLA game.

Fagan led the Lions in the Midway Baptist game, going 4 for 4 with a double, a triple and six RBI.

David Raimi had two triples and drove in four runs.

The Lions put the game out of reach with a 15-run outburst in the second inning.

Track and field:

  • Torrey Pines standouts Megan Morgan and Alli Billmeyer set meet records that highlighted a dominant Falcons showing at the 32nd annual Mt. Carmel Invitational on March 27.

Morgan, a University of Washington-bound senior, clocked 10:30.05 to win the girls’ 3,200 meters.
Molly Grabill of Rancho Bernarndo, Morgan’s longtime rival, started but did not complete the race when an Achilles injury flared up.

Billmeyer, a junior, won the 1,600 in 4:50.10.

Torrey Pines’ Ashlyn Dadkhah won the 800 with a 2:15.45 performance, giving the girls team three first-place finishes for the day.

In the boys circuit, Torrey Pines’ Matt Carpowich won the 800 in 1:59.79, and the Falcons won the 1,600 relay in 3:29.18.

  • Santa Fe Christian sprinter Jenna Puterbaugh won the girls’ 100 (12.27) and 200 (24.58).