By Gideon Rubin
Great pitching helped Torrey Pines bounce back from a lackluster Palomar League start, as the Falcons swept a three-game series from Mt. Carmel.
The Falcons had lost their first three league games and eight in a row overall when Pete Mitchell helped get them back on track, pitching a complete game four-hitter to lead a 2-1 win in the series opener on April 16.
Mitchell struck out four batters and allowed one walk.
Mark Detrow had three hits including a double and one RBI and Matthew Mullen added two hits.
Henry Grow pitched a five-hit shutout to lead the Falcons to a 2-0 victory in the first game of a doubleheader against Mt. Carmel on April 20.
Grow struck out three batters and allowed one walk.
Jackson Gentes led the Falcons offensively with two hits including a triple and two RBI.
Patrick Boyd and Julian Harris combined on a four-hit shutout in a 9-0 victory in the second game that was mercy-ruled after four innings.
Boyd, who started and was credited with the victory, pitched three innings.
Harris struck out the side in the fourth.
Detrow and Rob Simsiman each had three hits to lead the Falcons offensively.
Detrow contributed two doubles and a triple and drove in two runs.
Chad Thurston added two hits including a double and two RBI.
The Falcons improved to 3-3 in league and 8-13 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic’s six-game winning streak ended with the Dons losing to St. Augustine 2-1 in a Western League game on April 18.
The loss followed a dramatic 2-1 win against Scripps Ranch two days earlier in a game that went eight innings.
Dons starter Brady Aiken, who wasn’t involved in the decision, struck out nine batters and allowed one run and five walks in six innings of two-hit ball.
Aiken was 1-for-3 with a double and an RBI, contributing one of the Dons three hits on the day.
Dons starter Michael Martin struck out seven batters and allowed one unearned run on five hits and no walks in five innings for the win.
Martin also led the Dons offensively with two hits including a double.
The Dons improved to 3-1 in league and 14-5 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian snapped a three-game losing streak with a wild 16-14 Coastal League South victory over Rock Academy on April 17.
The Eagles lost to Rock Academy 4-2 two days later.
SFC pounded out 16 hits in the first game, opening up a 16-6 lead going into a scary bottom of the seventh, when Rock Academy rallied for eight runs.
Dillon Paulson was 3-for-5 with two homers and six RBI to lead the Eagles offensively.
Dean Eliott contributed three hits including a double and a home run and two RBI.
Chase Bushor had two hits to lead the Eagles in the second game.
The Eagles fell to 1-3 in league and 9-11 overall for the season.
Canyon Crest Academy experienced a three-game sweep in a Palomar League series at the hands of Rancho Bernardo.
Rancho Bernardo opened the series with an 8-0 win on April 16 and then took both ends of a doubleheader four days later, winning the first game 19-0 and the second game 8-1.
The Ravens fell to 2-4 in league and 7-13 overall for the season.
Rachel Nasland combined with Taylor Steele on a no-hitter to lead Torrey Pines to a 6-0 Palomar League victory over Canyon Crest Academy on April 19.
Nasland, who started and was credited with the win, struck out 12 batters and allowed no walks in five innings.
Julia Yacker had two hits and Jasmine Gutierrez was 1-for-2 with a double and drove in a run to lead the Falcons offensively.
The victory followed a 3-1 league win against Mt. Carmel two days earlier.
Nasland struck out 14 and allowed one unearned run in a complete game two-hitter. She allowed two walks.
Kelsey Buchanan had three hits including a double and Lauren Bower had one hit and two RBI to lead the Falcons offensively.
The Falcons improved to 2-1 in league and 12-7-2 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic extended its winning streak to six games with a 12-1 Western League victory over Mission Bay on April 18.
The Dons improved to 6-1 in league and 14-8-1 overall for the season.
Canyon Crest Academy defeated Rancho Bernardo 18-8 in a Palomar League game on April 16.
Nicole Hickman had three goals and three assists to lead the Ravens.
Katie Carlson and Alexa Carter each added four goals and Ravens goalie Caitlin Vogt contributed four saves.
The Ravens improved to 1-0 in league and 8-3 overall for the season.
Torrey Pines defeated Great Oak (Temecula) 191-199 in a nonleague match on April 18.
Otto Vanhatalo shot an even-par-36 on a nine-hole course at Rancho Santa Fe Golf Course to lead the Falcons.