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CASPER LEADS VALHALLA & HAMILTON THROWS A SULTAN GEM

VALHALLA CELEBRATES AFTER KYLE CASPER SCORES

2019 EAST COUNTY PREP BASBEALL

BY ADAM PAUL

ECPREPS.COM

CIF DIVISION III PLAYOFFS

 

#4 VALHALLA 5, #12 OLYMPIAN 2

 

RANCHO SAN DIEGO – With the score tied late in the bottom of the sixth inning Kyle Casper of the Valhalla Norsemen (21-7) with two outs knocked a base hit to right field to bring home Riley O’Sullivan for the go-ahead run and the momentum.

 

KYLE CASPER SLIDES IN SAFE WHILE JOSEPH INGRASSIA LOOKS ON

Early on it looked like the #12 seeded Olympian Eagles (17-11) who had defeated Steele Canyon the other day would grab all the momentum as they scored two runs in the top of the second inning to lead 2-0.

Andres Contreras of the Eagles would score on an error and Nevin Baclig followed with a base hit to score Cody Roberto.

Moving to the bottom of the third inning with two outs the Norsemen scratched back a run to pull within 2-1 when Casper who advanced to third on a wild pitch scored when Ethan Dunnam singled to left field.

Both teams pitching was dealing the rest of the way but Valhalla once again found a way in the bottom of the fifth inning when once again Casper did the damage as he stole home to tie the game at 2-2.

With the score still at 2-2 in the bottom of the sixth inning with two outs, Casper lined a single to right field bringing home O’Sullivan to make it 3-2. Moments later Trey Henige added to the lead when he laced a lined single to center field scoring both Weston Clark and Casper.

Now with a three-run lead, O’Sullivan went out for the seventh inning and gave up a base hit before striking out the final two batters to end things.

O’Sullivan went the distance giving up 2 runs on 5 hits while walking 0 and striking out 10 on the day.

Valhalla will now travel to #1 Mira Mesa and take on the Marauders on Friday afternoon at 3:30 PM if weather permits.

 

 

CIF DIVISION II PLAYOFFS

 

#5 SANTANA 3, #4 SANTA FE CHRISTIAN 0

 

SAN DIEGO – In one of the most outstanding performances of the CIF Playoffs so far this season, Sultans pitcher Riley Hamilton was on his game as he came within an out of recording a perfect game against the higher ranked Santa Fe Christian Eagles (17-12).

 

The last time a perfect game was recorded let alone in a CIF Playoff game was last season when Antonio Garcia of Chula Vista blanked the Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders in a Division III Play-In game in which he struck out 10 on the day in the 1-0 victory.

 

For Santana (14-14) the last time and it appears to be the only time in school history that a perfect game was recorded was when Mike Hook tossed one in a 10-0 victory over Valhalla back in 1986.

 

Hamilton who had been dealing the entire day at one point recorded 20 straight outs to flirt with history before the Eagles with two outs in the bottom of the seventh hit consecutive singles.

 

He would receive some offensive help in the top of the fifth inning starting with a lead hit by Sean Iverson (1-3, R), Cole Contreras (RUN) walked to put runners at first and second base, a couple of batters later Davin Burroughs (1-3, R) singled to load the bases with one out.

 

With the Sultans in business up stepped Jered Forster (2-3, RBI) who laid down a bunt and reached which allowed Iverson to score making it 1-0.

Everyone was safe on the play and on the very next pitch Contreras came in when the pitch went wild to make it 2-0.

The very next batter Brandon Glowacki (1-3, RBI) added more damage with a base hit to center field bringing home Burroughs to give them a 3-0 lead.

 

Now armed with a three-run lead, Hamilton went back out to the mound and dealt blows to the Eagles retiring them one by one.

 

Despite giving up the consecutive singles in the bottom of the seventh inning Hamilton was able to finish things off with a pop up for the final out to end the game.

 

Hamilton in his 7 innings of work walked 0 and fanned 2 on the day for the complete game victory.

 

The Santana Sultans will now move on and travel again to take on the #1 seeded Classical Academy Caimans on Friday at 3:30 PM.

 

 

 

CIF OPEN DIVISION

 

#7 LA COSTA CANYON 4, #2 HELIX 3

 

LA MESA – On Wednesday afternoon the La Costa Canyon Mavericks  (17-13) jumped out to an early lead and despite giving up 2 runs late held on for the road victory.

 

The Mavericks got on the board in the top of the first starting with a Max Stanley single bringing home Spencer Jones, their second run of the inning came moments later when Chris Neveau tagged up after Garrett Bevacqua hit a sacrifice fly to left field.

 

Helix (18-12) answered right back with a run in the bottom of the first inning courtesy of Alonzo Richardson who trotted home on a passed ball to pull the Highlanders within 2-1.

 

La Costa Canyon later in the top of the fourth scored again on a Spencer Jones double to make it 3-1. They would add their final run an inning later when Austin Machado tagged up on a sacrifice fly which made it 4-1.

 

The Highlanders finally put together some offense in the bottom of the sixth inning with back-to-back singles by Carlos Oquita and Adam Martinez to start off the inning.

Oquita would score to make it 4-2 when Noah Lane knocked him in on a sacrifice fly ball.

A couple of batters later with 2 outs, the Highlanders added the third run when Carlos Michel reached on an error allowing Justin Cervantes who came into run to score.

 

Unfortunately, the two runs in the bottom of the sixth were the final two runs scored by the Highlanders as Ross Goldschlag retired the side in the bottom of the seventh inning.

 

Richardson took the loss for the Highlanders as he gave up 4 runs on 3 hits while walking 4 and striking out 4.

Goldschlag for the Mavericks picked up the complete game win as he only allowed 3 runs on 3 hits while walking 1 and striking out 4.

 

Helix will now take on Scripps Ranch in La Mesa on Friday at 3:30 PM in the elimination bracket while LCC will take on Poway at 3:30 PM also on Friday afternoon.

 

CIF DIVISION III PLAYOFFS

#10 RANCHO BUENA VISTA 4, #2 PATRICK HENRY 3

SAN DIEGO – Having tied the game at 3-3 in the top of the seventh inning the Rancho Buena Vista Longhorns (15-14-1) pushed across what would be the game-winning run when Ian Leary hit a sacrifice fly to score Patrick Morgan.

Things were looking great for the Patrick Henry Patriots (21-7-1) as they would take a 2-0 lead in the bottom of the second inning when Dante Juliano knocked in two runs with a base hit to right field bringing home both Jonathan Marshall and Garrett McKee.

Both teams would hold each other as each went back and forth until the bottom of the sixth inning when the Patriots struck again. as Andrew McAlpin drove in Mateo Medina with a lined single to left field.

Things looked good for the Patriots as they led 3-0 heading to the top of the seventh and only needing three more outs to advance to the next round.

Unfortunately, McAlpin, who came into relieve Max Jones walked the first two batters. With runners on first and second base with no outs, the Longhorns were again in business. The very next batter Julius Butler did more damage as he singled to left field scoring both runners to bring the Longhorns within 3-2. They would eventually tie the game at 3-3 on a base hit by Chad Steinhauser which set up the game-winning scenario for Leary.

With the loss, the Patriots are bumped into the consolation bracket where they will take on the Serra Conquistadors on Friday afternoon at 3:30 PM at home if weather permits. Meanwhile, the Longhorns will travel to San Pasqual to take on the third-seeded Golden Eagles on Friday afternoon also at 3:30 PM.

 

 

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