The week in sports: Carmel Valley, Del Mar, Encinitas, Rancho Santa Fe, Solana Beach


By Gideon Rubin


• La Costa Canyon took Rancho Bernardo to the limit and beyond.

But after a spirited comeback, the Mavericks experienced a heartbreaking eight-inning 3-2 loss in the elite Open Division championship game on June 6 at University of San Diego’s Fowler Park.

The Mavericks trailed 2-0 going into the bottom of the fourth inning. They scratched for one run in the fourth and then Ryan Orr singled in the tying run in the fifth.

Mavericks starter Ethan Abrams took the loss despite a solid effort. He struck out seven batters and allowed three runs (one earned) on seven hits and one walk in seven-plus innings.

Reed Labar contributed two hits and one RBI.

The Mavericks advanced to the finals after defeating St. Augustine 1-0 in the upper bracket finals on June 2.

Mavericks starter Julian McDonald pitched a complete game two-hit shutout to lead the Mavericks. He struck out four batters and allowed two walks.

Micky Moniak was 1 for 3 with two walks and one RBI. He drove in the game’s only run with a single in the bottom of the fifth inning that scored Orr.

The Mavericks fell to 26-7 overall for the season.

• Torrey Pines lost to Rancho Bernardo 16-1 in the Open Division lower bracket finals on June 2.

The eventual champions broke the game open in the bottom of the second inning when they erupted for nine runs.

The Falcons, who were held to four hits, didn’t get on the scoreboard until their last at-bat in the top of the seventh.

Bennett McCaskill had two hits, including a double in defeat for the Falcons.

The Falcons fell to 23-10-1 overall for the season.

• San Diego Jewish Academy lost to Calipatria 13-2 in the Division V lower bracket finals on June 1.

The Lions fell behind early and never recovered. They trailed 6-0 going into a disastrous bottom of the fifth inning, when Calipatria broke the game open with a seven-run outburst.

The Lions were held to just four hits. They didn’t get on the scoreboard until a two-run inning in the top of the sixth inning.

Isaac Shoshoni led the Lions offensively, going 2 for 3 with a double and one RBI.

Cody Brown had a double, and Jake Berkson singled for the only SDJA hit.

Elliot Muller contributed a sacrifice fly.

The Lions fell to 14-11 overall for the season.


• Torrey Pines placed second at the June 3 CIF state championships at Poppy Hills Golf Course in Pebble Beach.

The Falcons shot a 377 team score on the 18-hole par-71 course. They finished four strokes behind team champion Westlake.

The Falcons were seeking their first state title since 2011. They were making their fifth state championship appearance in six years.

Kaiwen Liu led the Falcons with a 71 score. He placed fourth individually.

James Song and Adam Navigato contributed 75 and 76 scores, respectively.

Cathedral Catholic’s Ryan Bisharat shot a 73 place in a tie for ninth place.

Track and field:

• Cathedral Catholic standout Dani Johnson placed third in the girls 300-meter high hurdles at the CIF state championships at Buchanan High of Clovis (near Fresno) on June 6.

She clocked a 41.30 that established a new record at the state meet, beating her previous mark of 41.32 a day earlier at the trials.

Johnson also placed ninth in the 100 hurdles, clocking a 14.00.

The Dons girls 4x1600 relay team placed eighth (3:49.88).

Torrey Pines’ Jackie Garner clocked a 10:57.64 in the girls’ 3200.

On the boys’ side, La Costa Canyon’s Alex Merder clocked a 4:21.84 to place 11th in the 1600.