Week in Sports
By Gideon Rubin
One of the most consistently successful programs in San Diego County will start its bid for another deep playoff run with the wind at its back.
Cathedral Catholic, which has been to the San Diego Section Division III finals four straight years with three championships over that period, goes into the postseason with some momentum after clinching a Western League title with a 3-2 league victory over La Jolla in a regular season finale for both teams on May 16.
The victory completed a two-game sweep of La Jolla, which the Dons defeated 5-2 two days earlier.
Michael Martin was 4 for 4 with two RBI to lead the Dons in the clincher, and Hutton Moyer had three hits and two RBI in the previous game.
The Dons improved to 10-2 in league and 26-5 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian put the chance to clinch a Coastal League South title in the hands of standout Nolan Gannon, and he didn’t disappoint.
Gannon pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the as the Eagles to a 3-0 victory over La Jolla Country Day on the second last day of the regular season.
Gannon struck out 13 and walked two.
He led the Eagles offensively too, going 3 for 4 with a homer and a double and drove in all three Eagles runs.
The Eagles followed that win with a 5-1 league victory over Bishop’s in a regular season finale for both teams that extended their winning streak to seven games.
John Gamble had two hits and Bobby Zarubin had double and drove in two runs to lead the Eagles.
Santa Fe Christian improved to 8-0 in league and 24-5 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines closed the regular season on a winning note as the Falcons defeated Westview 10-6 in a regular season finale for both teams on May 16.
Michael Mullen and Cory Rodriguez each homered and drove in three runs to lead the Falcons offensively, and Reed Mason had two hits and scored three runs.
The Falcons improved to 10-5 in league to finish in second place. They improved their overall record for the season to 22-7-1.
Canyon Crest Academy concluded Valley League play with a 6-3 victory over Valley Center on May 15.
Sameer Jafri had two hits and two RBI and Brendan Kahn doubled and scored two runs to lead the Ravens offensively.
Dan Donoghue pitched a complete game for the win, allowing three runs (one earned) on eight hits and one walk.
The Ravens improved to 7-8 in league and 9-19 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines opened postseason play with a 2-0 victory over Grossmont in a Division I playoff game on May 18, but the Falcons dropped into the losers’ bracket after a heartbreaking 2-1 setback at the hands of Carlsbad the next day that went nine innings.
Rachel Nasland pitched a two-hit shutout to lead the Falcons in the Grossmont game. She struck out 13 batters and allowed one walk.
Lauren Filicia had two hits including a triple and scored two runs to lead the Falcons offensively.
The Falcons were held to two hits - one apiece from Lauren Hynes and Shelby Evans- in the Carlsbad game.
Nasland struck out 10 and allowed one run on five hits and one walk in seven innings. She left a game that was tied 1-1 in the eighth.
Carlsbad scored the game-winner off Hynes in the bottom of the ninth.
The Falcons improved to 27-6 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic trounced Clairemont 11-0 in a Division III losers’ bracket game on May 19 that was mercy-ruled after five innings.
Tierra Falo pitched a four-hit shutout for Cathedral Catholic, and Milan Botte was 2 for 4 with a homer and a double and four RBI to lead the Dons offensively.
The Dons opened postseason play with a 3-0 victory over Mar Vista on May 16, but they dropped into the losers’ bracket with a 9-6 defeat at the hands of University City two days later.
The Cathedral Catholic girls’ team won its fifth consecutive San Diego Section Division II title on May 19.
The Dons continued their era of dominance by winning six of the 12 events, with victories in two of the three relay events.
Multi-event winner Roslyn Kackman led the Dons. She clocked a 56.78-second time to win 100-yard butterfly, and a 1:50.88 to win the 200 freestyle.
She was also on the winning 200 medley and 400 freestyle relay teams.
Also winning individual titles for the Dons were Molly Barry taking the 500 freestyle (4:56.85) and Katie Kochalko the 100 breaststroke (1:07.83).
Canyon Crest Academy lost to Coronado 15-3 in the Division II championship game on May 19.
Nikita Aitken, Alexa Carter and Nicole Hickman each scored one goal in defeat for the Ravens.
CCA goalie Caitlin Vogt had eight saves.
The Ravens, who were making their first title game appearance in school history, conclude their season with a 13-10 overall record.
Torrey Pines lost to La Costa Canyon 14-4 in a Division I semifinal on May 16.
Camille Doan scored two goals and had one assist and Kacey McKinnon scored two goal in defeat for the Falcons.
Torrey Pines concluded its season with a 12-7 overall record.