Week in Sports: Falcons’ pitching adds might to strong team
Averaging more than six runs per game and hitting .318 as a team, Torrey Pines High School has more than enough thunder in its lineup to compete even without great pitching.
But when its pitching staff elevates its game, as it has of late, the Falcons seem unbeatable.
The Falcons defeated Escondido, 2-1, in an Avocado League game on April 18, completing a three-game sweep of the Cougars and extending Torrey Pines’ winning streak to four games.
Alex Tukey, Nate Walker and Josh Sabourin combined on a three-hitter as Torrey Pines improved to 3-0 in league play and 12-5 overall for the season.
The win followed an 8-2 victory over Escondido two days earlier in which starter Joey DeNato struck out 11 batters and allowed two runs (both unearned) on four hits and one walk in six innings.
Cole Swanson struck out seven batters in six shutout innings of three-hit ball to lead the Falcons to a 7-0 win on April 14.
The Falcons held Escondido to three runs in the series and have outscored their opponents 27-3 over their last four games.
Before their 10-0 victory over Silverado of Las Vegas, which started the Falcons’ winning streak, Torrey Pines pitchers were tagged for 31 runs in their previous three games. The Falcons went 1-2 over that stretch, including beating Cathedral Catholic in a 14-10 slugfest on April 6.
In the Escondido series opener, J.J. Reading had three hits, including a homer and two RBI. K.C. Rogers had a double and two RBI for Torrey Pines, and Paul Ounjian had two hits, including a double.
Ounjian had three hits, including a triple and two RBI, in the second game. Ounjian, Sabourin and Evan Mason accounted for the Falcons’ only three hits in the series finale.
Cathedral Catholic opened Western League play with resounding victories, sweeping a two-game series with La Jolla.
The Dons pounded out 21 hits in a 19-2 victory in the series opener. Two days later, they tallied 16 hits with a 13-2 win.
Ryan Wilkins had four hits and four RBI and Tyler Gaffney had three hits and drove in three runs for the Dons in the series opener.
Wilkins got the win, pitching five innings of one-hit ball in which he allowed one run (unearned) and struck out 12 batters.
Gaffney had two hits and five RBI to lead the Dons in the second game.
Daniel Camarena had three hits, including a double, and Casey Husband had two hits, including a double, and drove in three runs.
Dons starter Jonathan Meyer struck out eight batters and allowed two runs (both unearned) on four hits and two walks in six innings for the win.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 12-4.
Canyon Crest’s Patrick Montejano pitched a three-hit shutout to lead the Ravens to a 6-0 victory over San Dieguito Academy in a nonleague game on April 15.
Montejano struck out three batters and allowed three walks.
Chris Hynes had two of the Ravens’ five hits.
Santa Fe Christian opened Coastal North League play with a 15-3 victory over Calvin Christian of Escondido on April 17.
Ethan Ogden and Bobby Zarubin each had three hits in support of starter Luc DeWulf, who allowed three runs (none earned) on five hits in four innings of five-hit ball. Graham Gomez and Nolan Gannon combined for three shutout innings of one-hit ball in relief of DeWulf, who was credited with the win.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 10-5.
After being shut out for the first time this year, Torrey Pines rebounded with three straight wins, culminating with a doubleheader sweep of Canyon Crest on April 18.
The Falcons’ 3-0 loss to Poway in a North County tournament game on April 15 was just their third setback of the year and their second to the Titans.
The Falcons responded with a dramatic 3-2 nonleague victory over Eastlake of Chula Vista the next day, pushing across the game-winning run in their last at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning. The Falcons then beat CCA by 10-0 and 9-4 margins in nonleague contests on April 18.
Madi Taylor had two of the Falcons’ five hits in the Eastlake game.
Lauren Hynes was credited with the win after pitching two shutout innings in relief of starter Sydney Gerbracht. Gerbracht struck out six batters and allowed two runs on six hits and one walk in five innings.
Hynes and Mary Lee combined for a one-hit shutout of CCA in the first game of the doubleheader.
Lauren Filicia had three hits and Kristen Filicia had two doubles and three RBI to lead the Falcons.
Lauren Morizi had a homer and a double to lead the Falcons in the second game. Lauren Filicia had three hits, including a double, and Kristen Filicia and Alexa Nasland each had two hits.
Hynes struck out eight batters in 5 1/3 innings of shutout ball, combining with Lee on a four-hitter.
CCA’s Tali Rappaport had two of the Ravens’ four hits.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 15-3. The Ravens fell to 6-5.