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Barons pound Titans, finish no worse than Metro-Mesa League softball co-champs Phillip Brents | Fri, May 09 2014 12:27 PM

Bonita Vista captured no worse than a share of its eighth consecutive league championship banner after defeating visiting Eastlake, 11-1, on Thursday. The Barons (15-5 overall) finish league play with a 7-1 record and await the results of this week’s two-game showdown series between Eastlake and Otay Ranch.

Otay Ranch enters the week with a 5-1 league record and is 19-8 overall.

Should the Mustangs drop one of their two games against the Titans this week, Bonita Vista will secure sole possession of this year’s Metro-Mesa League title.

“At this point, a co-championship is fine with us,” BVHS coach John Carlson noted after Thursday’s runaway victory, the second consecutive against the arch rival Titans. “The girls seem to be coming together at the right point of the season.”

The Barons, who previously clubbed host Eastlake, 20-4, two days earlier, scored six runs in the bottom of the third inning and tacked on four more runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to lead 10-1. They pushed another run across the plate in the bottom of the fifth inning to score the run-rule victory.

Lani Graft slammed a three-run home run for the winners while teammate Alex Vargas hit a two-run homer and Aaliyah Jordan cracked a three-run shot.

Vargas shut down the Titans (3-3 in league, 14-8 overall) on five hits.

Otay Ranch remained in the championship hunt following Thursday’s 4-3 win over visiting Mater Dei Catholic. Vianna Romero paced the Mustangs by going three-for-three with two RBI.

Metro Conference Softball Standings
Metro-Mesa League

Bonita Vista Barons 7-1, 15-5
Otay Ranch Mustangs 5-1, 19-8
Eastlake Titans 3-3, 14-8
Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders 1-5, 13-11
Olympian Eagles 0-6, 4-14

Tuesday, May 6

Bonita Vista 20, Eastlake 4
Otay Ranch 8, Mater Dei Catholic 2

Thursday, May 8

Bonita Vista 11, Eastlake 1 (5 innings)
Otay Ranch 4, Mater Dei Catholic 3

Metro-Pacific League

Hilltop Lancers 4-0, 16-9
Sweetwater Red Devils 2-2, 16-9
Chula Vista Spartans 2-2, 12-10
Castle Park Trojans 0-4, 0-9

Tuesday, May 6
Hilltop 17, Sweetwater 5
Chula Vista 14, Castle Park 4

Thursday, May 8
Hilltop 8, Sweetwater 5 (Yasmine Ortega four-for-five for Hilltop)
Chula Vista 12, Castle Park 3

Metro-South Bay League
Montgomery Aztecs 4-0, 8-12
Southwest Raiders 3-1, 10-7
Mar Vista Mariners 1-3, 5-17
San Ysidro Cougars 0-4, 1-7

Tuesday, May 6
Montgomery 15, Mar Vista 3
Southwest 10, San Ysidro 0

Thursday, May 8
Montgomery 5, Mar Vista 0 (Linda Cerda triples, picks up pitching win for Montgomery)
Southwest 20, San Ysidro 3



Barons hammer arch rival Titans 20-4

Alex Vargas cracked a three-run home run and tacked on a grand slam for good measure to lead Bonita Vista to a 20-4 rout of host Eastlake on Tuesday. The Barons improved to 6-1 in Metro-Mesa League play, 14-5 overall, while Eastlake dropped to 3-2 in league play, 14-7 overall.

Otay Ranch improved to 4-1 in Metro-Mesa League play, 18-8  overall, after defeating host Mater Dei Catholic, 8-2, on Tuesday. Kalalaelisa Toomalatau earned honors as the Mustangs’ player of the game. Mater Dei Catholic dropped to 1-4 in league play, 13-10 overall.

Hilltop improved to 3-0 in Metro-Pacific League play, 15-9 overall, after clubbing Sweetwater, 17-5, on Tuesday. Leanna Mena blasted a two-run home run while teammate Sandra Reza hit a grand slam to help propel the Lancers. Sweetwater dropped to 2-1 in league play, 16-8 overall.

Chula Vista won its first Metro-Pacific League game by defeating Castle Park, 14-4, on Tuesday. The Spartans (11-10) rode the winning arm of Kim Rodriguez. Castle Park dropped to 0-3 in league play.

Metro-South Bay League leaders Montgomery and Southwest both picked up key wins on Tuesday. Montgomery topped host Mar Vista, 15-3, on Tuesday to improve to 3-0 in league play, 7-12 overall, while Southwest shut out visiting San Ysidro, 10-0, to improve to 2-1 in league play, 9-7 overall.

Michelle Olea struck out 11 batters and allowed one hit while contributing two hits at the plate with one RBI to pace Southwest while Gisel Casteno Danniel homered and teammate Michelle DeGuzman stroked a pair of doubles to lead Montgomery.

Mar Vista dropped to 1-2 in league play, 5-16 overall, while San Ysidro dropped to 0-3 in league play.

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