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Baron hardballers get jump on defending league champion Titans

Fri, Apr 19 2013 05:21 PM Posted By: Phillip Brents

The road to the 2013 Mesa League championship will go through the Bonita Vista Barons, Otay Ranch Mustangs and Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders if the results of Wednesday’s opening games are any indicator.

It’s a 10-game league season, so anything is possible over the next nine games.

But leave it to the Barons, Mustangs and Crusaders to set the early pace.

Bonita Vista toppled defending league champion Eastlake, 6-1, in racing to its fifth consecutive win. The Barons were to rematch with the Titans Friday in the finale of the teams’ two-game series.

Danny Siwek hurled a complete game two-hitter in stifling Eastlake (0-1 in league, 11-6 overall). He struck out seven batters and issued just one base on balls.

Jesus Perez drove in two runs and scored once while teammates Esteban Velasco, Eduardo Perez and Brandon Torio each collected one RBI. Velasco and Torio each scored once along with Ivan Amaya, Alex Romo and Wyatt Miller.

Bonita Vista, which improved to 11-8 overall, scored its six runs on six hits — none of the extra base variety.

The game was tied, 1-1, through two innings before the hosts scored once in the bottom of the third inning and tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the sixth.

The Barons continue play in the Metro Conference tournament on Saturday, April 20, at Montgomery. Game time is 10:30 a.m. The Aztecs are 15-4 after sweeping Castle Park (7-3 and 6-3) and San Ysidro (8-7 and 5-3) to start South Bay League play.

Montgomery shut out Eastlake, 4-0, in Metro tourney action last Saturday and also has recorded wins over Hilltop (4-3 on March 18), Otay Ranch (6-1 on March 20) and Olympian (2-0 on March 22) in tourney play so far.

Bonita Vista carries a 3-1 record into Saturday’s tourney contest following victories against Southwest (8-1 on March 18), Mar Vista (8-6 on March 20) and Sweewater (7-0 last Saturday) and a loss to Castle Park (3-0 on March 22). 

The Metro Tournament finals are scheduled Saturday, April 27, at Eastlake High School. Game time is 10:30 a.m.

By the numbers
Jose Antonio Gudino leads Montgomery with a .463 hitting average, followed by Jonathan Villa (.378), Jesus Cerda (.373), Dean Nevarez (.360), Jesus Estrada (.359) and Mario Perez (.306).

RBI leaders include Gudino (18), Perez (12) and Martin Rendon (nine).

Gudino tops the Aztecs with 25 hits and seven doubles in 68 plate appearances.

Alejandro Moreno paces the Montgomery pitching staff with 37 innings pitched, a 6-0 record and 1.51 earned-run average. He’s followed on the staff by Everado Tovar (5-0, 2.14 ERA), Herman Alvarado (2-2, 1.13 ERA) and Armando Ramirez (1-2, 3.67 ERA).

Bonita Vista hitting leaders include Velasco (.421), Miller (.417), Siwek (.400) and Dominic Estevez (.353). Wyatt tops the team with eight RBI, followed by Velasco and Perez with six each. Velasco paces the team with 11 runs scored and four doubles.

On the mound, Torio (0.70 ERA) and Siwek (2.13 ERA) both own 3-1 records, followed by Matthew Ball (3-2, 0.90 ERA).

Horse power
Otay Ranch improved to 14-4 following Wednesday’s 13-4 victory against the Olympian Eagles. The Mustangs broke out to an early 5-0 lead but Olympian rallied with four runs in the top of the fourth inning to make it a one-run game. But the hosts responded by pouring across five runs in the bottom of the fourth to go ahead 10-4.

Otay Ranch rapped out 10 hits while limiting the Eagles (0-1, 7-12) to four hits. Alec Rios picked up the win with four innings on the mound while Eddie Sanchez went three-for-three with three RBI and teammate Albert Canedo went two-for-three with a double, triple, three runs scored and four RBI.

Freshman Tre Brown keyed Olympian with two RBI and one double.

In other Mesa League action, Mater Dei Catholic (1-0, 4-11) edged visiting Hilltop (0-1, 11-7) by a score of 11-10 in a high scoring contest. The loss was an especially bitter pill to swallow after winning the 5A Division championship in this year’s San Diego Lions tournament.

Entering Wednesday’s match-up, Steven Sherwood had led Hilltop with a .468 hitting average, six doubles and 16 runs scored while Danny Goodrich ranked second on the team with a .438 hitting average. Justin Sparby, a member of Chula Vista North’s Pony-13 World Series championship team in 2010, led the Lancers with 13 RBI.

Sparby is 6-3, 270 pounds, and throws an 84 mph fastball. He participated in last year’s Perfect Game USA Sunshine West Showcase at Southwestern College.


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