Three Park View Blue Bombers to CIF baseball finals on Saturday: Bradley Roberto and Daniel Porras of Olympian and Seth Godfrey of Bonita Vista -- Olympian outlasts Calexico, 8-7, in an eight-inning thriller in a fifth-round game on Wednesday to advance to the Division IV championship game and Bonita Vista cuts down the potential game-tying run at the plate on the last play of Thursday's challenger bracket final to preserve a 5-4 victory against Santa Fe Christian. The Barons (23-10) are out-hit 9-3 by the Eagles but are the beneficiaries of poor defensive play by the visitors early on before capitalizing on their own solid defensive play to later win the game. More detals to follow.
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The Bonita Vista High School baseball team entered this year’s San Diego Section playoffs seeded second in the Division II field. The Barons secured no lower than a top three finish after defeating the third-seeded Santa Fe Christian Eagles, 4-3, in a 10-inning semifinal thriller on Tuesday to advance to Thursday’s challenger bracket final against the same Eagles team.
The winner of Thursday’s game advances to play top-seeded El Camino in Saturday’s division championship game at the University of San Diego. Game time is 3:30 p.m.
El Camino (21-11) eliminated fifth-seeded Eastlake, 3-2, in semifinal action on Tuesday. The Titans ended an otherwise season of plenty with a final 24-9 record.
The Metro-Mesa League champion Barons, meanwhile, earned the right to play at least one more game after twice storming back from deficits in Tuesday’s nail-biting contest.
Bonita Vista (22-10) took a 1-0 lead on a home run by Esteban Velasco in the bottom of the first inning. The Barons managed to nurse that narrow lead until Coast-South League champion SFC (23-6) managed to push across the game-tying run in the tip of the fourth inning.
The Eagles took a 2-1 lead in the top of the fifth inning, and it could have been more if not for a critical double play that cut down one runner at the plate.
The Barons, who dropped a 3-0 decision to SFC in a second-round bracket game the previous Saturday to fall into the elimination bracket, tied the game, 2-2, with a run in the bottom of the sixth inning and the teams played through three scoreless frames before the visitors, who only needed one more win to advance to Saturday’s title game, regained the lead at 3-2 in the top of the 10th inning.
Fortune then played into the Barons’ hands in the bottom of the frame as both the game-tying and game-winning runs scored on an errant throw to the plate.
Dillon Paulson, Chase Bushor and Brian Blatnick each drove in runs for the Eagles while Chris Weaver, Luke Vandertie and Bushor each scored runs. Paulson had three hits in the contest while teammate Dean Eliott picked up a pair.
Andres Velasco was credited with two RBI for the hosts while Eduardo Perez also drove in one run. Esteban Velasco scored twice for the Barons while Parker Flippen and Daniel Schneemann each scored single runs. Blake Flippen keyed Bonita Vista with two hits in the contest.
Cole Acosta pitched six innings for SFC. He gave up seven hits and struck out five batters. Bushor came on in relief and was tagged with the loss, though he didn’t give up a hit in his three-plus innings. Three walks proved to be Bushor’s undoing.
The Barons scored the game-winning run with two down and two strikes on the hitter.
Ricky Reynoso and Schneemann each pitched five innings; Reynoso scattered six hits and struck out two hitters while Schneemann, who picked up the win in relief, yielded six hits and struck out six.
John Freeman started BV's winning rally on a walk, moved to second on a sacrifice bunt by Blake Flippen. An intentional walk to Esteban Velasco placed runners on first and second and both runners then moved up a base due to a balk. Andres Velasco then hit a ball to the shortstop, who attempted a throw home but missed, allowed both BV baserunners to score.
Perez pitched six strong innings for the Barons to pick up the win in a 4-2 elimination game victory against sixth-seeded Scripps Ranch on May 31 while Reynoso came in to get the final three outs to earn the save. Velasco went two-for-three at the plate with two doubles, two runs scored and one RBI to lead the Barons offense.
Reynoso pitched a complete game shutout for the Barons in their 6-0 first-round bracket game victory against seventh-seeded San Marcos. only allowing six hits. Also, Perez was two- for-three with a triple and two RBI.
SAN DIEGO SECTION BASEBALL PLAYOFFS
Barons bounced from winners bracket; Mar Vista, Olympian remain undefeated
The second-seeded Bonita Vista Barons (20-10) drop to elimination round with 3-0 shutout loss to third-seeded San Fe Christian in Thursday's second-round game in bracket play (May 29).The Barons will face sixth-seeded Scripps Ranch in an elimination game on Saturday (May 31) after the Falcons eliminated seventh-seeded San Marcos on Friday. Game time is 11 a.m.
In other games on Frtiday, Otay Ranch dropped a 7-5 decision to suffer elimination in the Division I bracketr while Eastlake (23-8) edged West Hills, 6-5, to advance to the next round in the elimination bracket. In Division IV, both Mar Vista (17-0 over Southwest) and Olympian (6-4 over Calexico) won to remain in contention in the winners bracket.
Michael Martinez (1-1) picked up the win on the hill for Eastlake while also starring at the plate with three RBI.
Javier De La Torre earned the win for fourth-seeded Mar Vista, which pounded out 17 hits against the Raiders. Marco Leyva led the Mariners (18-13) with four RBI while teammates Anthony Bell and De La Torre each collected, Andrew Robinson and Chase Titilah each drove in two runs while Jacob Rice, Ryan Paniagua and Julian Briseno each drove in one run.
For Olympian (13-16), Daniel Porras picked up the win over Calexico while Taj Dawson went two-for-four and scored two runs, Abraham Villafana scored one run and drove in one run and Victor Ramirez went two-for-three at the plate.
Mar Vista and Olympian, both with two wins to start the tournament, advance to play in Tuesday's semifinals. Mar Vista will host ninth-seeded Southwest while Olympian will rematch with third-seeded Calexico. Game times are 3:30 p.m.
Wins by both Metro squads will catapult them into Friday's championship game while losses to either will force a semifinal rematch against their respective opponents on Thursday.
Southwest defeated top-seeded Central Union for the second time in the tournament, 4-2, in Saturday's third round to eliminate the Spartans. This leaves three Metro teams among the final four teams in the division vying for berths in the championship game, and thus assures that at least one South County team will advance to the division final.
Bonita Vista scored a comeback 4-2 win over visiting Scripps Ranch on Saturday to advance to a rematch against third-seeded Santa Fe Christian in Tuesday's fourth round.
Eastlake also remained alive in the Division II elimination bracket aftrer scoring a 10-5 revenge win at La Jolla on Saturday. The Titans will play at top-seeded El Camino on Tuesday.
Both Metro-Mesa League teams need two wins to advance to Saturday's division championship game at USD.
Michael Martinez picked up the win to improve to 2-1 on the season for Eastlake (24-8) while Dean Nevarez went three-for-four with three RBI; Luke Ramirez went two-for-four and scored twice, Baley Castro went two-for-two, scored two runs and drove in one run, Julian Escobedo went two-for-four, scored twice and collected two RBI and Ben Ramirez went three-for-four and drove in three runs.
For Bonita Vista, Eduardo Perez earned the win on the mound to improve to 2-0. Fennell homered for Scripps Ranch while Esteban Velasco countered for the Barons by going two-for-three with a pair of doubles and one RBI. Bonita Vista (21-10) scored one run on a passed ball; Andres Velasco later drove in an insurance run.