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No. 2-seed Barons play opportunistic baseball, win CIF playoff opener against Knights Phillip Brents | Wed, May 28 2014 07:32 PM

The importance of winning an opening-round game in double-elimination bracket play cannot be overstated, according to Bonita Vista baseball coach Vincent Gervais, whose team, seeded second in the Division II bracket, defeated the seventh-seeded San Marcos Knights by a 6-0 score Wednesday at Barons Park.

“It’s huge for pitching,” Gervais said. “The win helps assure you don’t deplete your pitching staff (in the elimination rounds). We have some depth at that position. It preserves your pitching.”

The Barons (20-9) advance to meet third-seeded Santa Fe Christian (21-5) in Thursday’s second round. The winner of that game advances to Tuesday’s division semifinals while the loser of Thursday’s contest drops to Saturday’s elimination bracket contest.

As the No. 2 seed in the division, Bonita Vista would hold home field advantage through the semifinal round.

Wednesday’s opening round game pitted champions from the Metro-Mesa League (Barons) and Avocado-East League (Knights).

San Marcos advanced to Wednesday’s match after defeating 10th-seeded Del Norte, 4-3, in Tuesday’s play-in game.

However, the Knights had a base case of butterfingers on Wednesday, which proved to be their undoing.

Bonita Vista scored its first two runs on plays at the plate where the San Marcos catcher either missed the tag or dropped the ball.

A four-run fifth inning proved to be the king frame for the hosts.

Daniel Schneemann drove in one run to up the Baron lead to 3-0; Schneemann then scored on an errant throw to first to make the score 4-0. A triple off the center field wall by Eduardo Velasco brought in another run, and Velasco later scored on a passed ball.

BV starter Ricky Reynoso struck out two batters in the seventh inning to give him five for the game against one walk. He scattered five hits to pick up the shutout victory.

“It was a combination of good pitching and defense, and timely hitting,” Gervais noted of Wednesday’s victory. “We’re not dominating in any category.”

The BVHS coach said he felt his team deserved the No. 2 seed in the division after winning its final four regular season games and battling through a brutal league schedule to best challenges from both Otay Ranch and Eastlake, teams that spent time throughout the season in the top 10 section rankings.

“If the selection committee had the rankings available from MaxPreps and CalPreps through the last regular season game – our final game against Otay Ranch was not included — I thought we might have even be awarded the No. 1 seed,” Gervais noted. “But No. 1 or No. 2 doesn’t really make a difference. It’s an honor for the kids, a representation of all the hard work they’ve put in since October.”

The Barons captured a pair of showdown contests against Otay Ranch to emerge with this year’s league banner. Bonita Vista won the first game, played May 20, by a score of 5-4 and then defeated the Mustangs, 8-4, in a winner-take-all contest on May 22.

The Barons finished in sole possession of first place with a 6-2 league record while Eastlake and Otay Ranch tied for second place, each with 5-3 league records.

“It was a complete team effort,” Gervais said. “In our Tuesday game, which we had to win to stay in the championship race, five different players scored the five runs for us.”

Bonita Vista made the most of its five hits on Wednesday. Perez led the team with two RBI. Schneeman, who drove in a pair of runs in the Metro-Mesa championship game, also had one RBI in Wednesday’s game.

“We took advantage of the plays they gave us,” the BVHS coach said.



Division I
Tuesday, May 27
Play-in Round

(9) Helix (16-15) at (8) Montgomery (16-8-2), 3:30 p.m. Helix wins 1-0, advances to double-elimination bracket play

Wednesday, May 28
First Round/Bracket Play

(5) Valhalla at (4) Otay Ranch, 3:30 p.m. Valhalla wins 5-3, Otay Ranch drops to elimination bracket

Division II
Tuesday, May 27
Play-in Round

(9) West Hills (12-17) at (8) San Ysidro (17-12), 3:30 p.m. West Hills wins 10-2, San Ysidro eliminated

(5) Eastake 2, (12) Hilltop 0. Eastlake advances to first-round bracket play, Hilltop eliminated

Wednesday, May 28
First Round/Bracket Play

(7) San Marcos at (2) Bonita Vista, 3:30 p.m. Bonita Vista wins 6-0, advances to host No. 3-seeded Santa Fe Christian on Thursday in a second-round contest

(5) Eastlake at (4) La Jolla, 3:30 p.m. La Jolla wins 5-3, Eastlake drops to elimination bracket

Division IV
Tuesday, May 27
Play-in Round

(9) Souhwest (10-17) at (8) Bishop's (12-14), 3:30 p.m. Southwest wins 5-1, advances to double-elimination bracket play

(7) Sweetwater (10-17) at (10) High Tech High San Diego (16-7), 3:30 p.m. HTH-SD wins 2-1, advances to double-elimination bracket play

Wednesday, May 28
First Round/Bracket Play
(9) Southwest 1, (1) Central Union 0. Southwest advances to second-round bracket play

(4) Mar Vista 6, (5) Imperial 2. Mar Vista advances to second-round bracket play

(2) Olympian 10, (10 High Tech San Diego 0. Olympian advances to second-round bracket play


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