Week in Sports: Falcons reclaim first place spot in Avocado League


  • A week after experiencing their first two Avocado League losses, Torrey Pines High School left nothing to chance, sweeping a three-game series with San Pasqual to move back into sole possession of first place.

The Falcons outscored San Pasqual 24-3 in the series to improve to 17-7 overall for the season and 8-2 in league.
The Falcons moved one game ahead of La Costa Canyon, which lost to Fallbrook 9-4 on May 5.

The Falcons set the tone in the May 5 series opener when pitching standout Joey DeNato struck out 15 batters and allowed no walks in six innings of one-hit ball, combining with Alex Tukey on a shutout in a 5-0 victory. Torrey Pines beat LCC by 9-1 and 10-2 scores in a May 9 doubleheader.

The Falcons broke open a 1-0 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning of the series opener, when Shane Bingham hit a three-run homer in the series opener.

J.J. Reading and Chris Benassi each homered for the Falcons in support of Falcons starter Cole Swanson, who allowed one run in five innings of three hit ball for the win in the first game of the doubleheader.

Zach Taylor had two doubles and three RBI, and Reading homered for the Falcons in the second game. Falcons starter Nate Walker pitched five shutout innings of one-hit ball for the win.

  • The trappings of a major league baseball facility didn’t seem to bother red-hot Cathedral Catholic.

Playing at Petco Park, the Dons extended their winning streak to 10 games with a 4-1 Western victory over St. Augustine of San Diego on May 8.
The first-place Dons improved to 8-0 in league and 20-4 overall.

The Dons swept a two-game league series from Mission Bay of San Diego earlier in the week, defeating the Buccaneers 7-2 on May 5 and 21-8 two days later.

Ryan Wilkins pitched a complete game one-hitter for the Dons in the St. Augustine game, striking out 11 batters and allowing two walks.

Casey Munoz had three hits including a double and Parker Hipp had three RBI in the first game of the Mission Bay series.

Dons starter Daniel Camarena pitched a complete game three-hitter, striking out nine batters and allowing one walk.

Wilkins had four hits including two homers and drove in eight runs to lead the May 7 rout of Mission Bay.

Tommy Cheek had four hits and four RBI, and Casey Husband had three hits and three RBI.

  • Santa Fe Christian extended its winning to four games with two decisive Coastal League North victories.

The Eagles defeated Calvin Christian of Escondido 10-1 on May 6, and beat Tri-City Christian of Vista 11-2 on May 8.
The Eagles, who’ve won 10 of their last 11 games, improved to 6-1 in league 15-6 overall.

Eagles starter Nolan Gannon pitched five innings of two-hit ball for the win in the Calvin Christian game. Gannon struck out six batters and allowed one walk.

Ethan Ogden had three hits including a double.

Josh Estill had three of the Eagles 12 hits in the Tri-City Christian game.

After experiencing its first two Citrus League West losses, San Diego Jewish Academy came back with a vengeance, defeating Calvary Christian of Chula Vista 24-0 in a May 7 league game that was mercy-ruled after five innings.

Josh Gaylis pitched a no-hitter for the Lions, striking out 10 batters and allowing two walks in five innings.

Michael Fagan led the route, going 3 for 3 with a triple, two doubles, three RBI and five runs scored.

  • The Lions improved to 10-2 in league and 13-4 overall.

Canyon Crest Academy’s Matt Malott pitched a complete game two-hitter, but his outstanding effort was wasted in a 1-0 Coastal League South loss to Horizon of San Diego on May 6.
The Ravens dropped to 1-4-1 in league and 9-12-1 overall after a 12-3 league loss to Parker of San Diego on May 9.

Malott struck out nine batters and allowed no walks. Horizon scored an unearned run off Malott in the top of the sixth to break a scoreless deadlock.


  • Cathedral Catholic extended its winning streak to five games with a 10-0 shellacking of Clairemont in an Eastern League game on May 8.

The Dons defeated Mission Bay of San Diego 17-0 in a mercy-ruled league game on May 5 and beat Coronado 5-3 in a league game on May 7.
The Dons improved to 7-3 in league and 15-11 overall.

Kiara Boccia pitched a four-hit shutout to lead the Dons in the Clairemont game.

Beth Smetana sparked the Dons offense with three RBI.

Boccia pitched three innings, combining with reliever Caitlin Byrne on a five-inning no-hitter in the Mission Bay game.

  • Torrey Pines snapped its two-game losing streak in dramatic fashion, scoring three runs in its final at-bat in the top of the seventh in a 6-5 Avocado League victory over Escondido on May 8.

Lauren Filicia had two hits and one RBI to lead the Falcons, who improved to 3-2 in league and 18-5 overall.