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CIF baseball grand slam: No. 2 Barons tame No. 1 Wildcats with 4-0 shutout victory Phillip Brents | Fri, Jun 13 2014 02:51 PM

truggling through two must-win games against Santa Fe Christian to reach last Saturday’s San Diego Section Division II championship game, the Bonita Vista Barons rewarded themselves with a decisive victory.

The second-seeded Barons’ 4-0 win over top-seeded El Camino at the University of San Diego gave the east side Chula Vista school its first division championship in the sport, and rewarded Barons head coach Vince Gervais and his staff with an outing that needed minimal tweaking.

The reigning Metro-Mesa League champions stormed out of the chute with three runs in the top of the first inning and pitchers Ricky Reynoso and Brandon Torio proceeded to fire a two-hitter to shut out the Wildcats.

“This was a quality, good character team all year long — a pleasure to be with,” said Gervais, whose team set a school record with 24 wins this season. “These guys started working in October with a goal to win league and of going deep in the playoffs.

“We had confidence that our pitching would be quality in the playoffs. I think that rang true. Defense and our pitching were outstanding all year long. Our team ERA was below 2.00 for the year. Our four starters — Eduardo Perez, Brandon Torio, Daniel Schneeman and Ricky Reynoso — carried us through the playoffs, Ricky twice, Tuesday against Santa Fe Christian and today.

“We shut the teams down, were able to get out ahead and hold on for the win.”

The Barons, playing their sixth post-season contest, got all the runs they needed in their opening at-bat.

Blake Flippen, down 0-2 in the count against El Camino ace Troy Lamparello, singled to get the Bonita Vista run-fest going. Esteban Velasco followed with a walk to advance Flippen to second base. Andres Velasco then dropped a ball over the second base position to load the bases.

The Barons (24-10) didn’t waste the golden opportunity to put the top-seeded Wildcats (21-12) in a hole. Torio followed with a single to drive in two runs and another run later scored on a double play grounder.

Reynoso set the pace on the hill by striking out the first two El Camino hitters he faced. He would allow two hits while striking out seven Wildcats during his five innings on the mound.

It was a good thing that Reynoso was on fire because, after a shaky start, Lamparello got his game together to stymie the Barons at the plate on just one hit.

Torio relieved Reynoso in the bottom of the sixth inning. After a rough outing against Santa Fe Christian two days earlier, Torio was back on beam against the Wildcats. He issued one walk in his two innings of work while coaxing two fly-outs and four ground-outs for the six outs the Bonitans needed to sew up their history-making win.

Just in case he faltered, his teammates got him an additional run to protect in the top of the seventh inning after Wyatt Rauch was hit by a pitch and an infield error eventually brought home the BV baserunner.

Predictably, Gervais received the ceremonial post-game water bath.

But that was clearly OK.

Reynoso, who picked up two playoff wins, admitted he was up to playing in what he referred to as “the biggest game of the season.”

“This was probably the best I’ve ever pitched in high school,” he confessed.

It was likely the best game that many of his teammates played this season.

“We produced runs and made great plays,” Reynoso noted. “It was a great team victory. Everyone contributed — the hitting, the pitching and the fielding.

“After getting those three runs in the first inning, I was relaxed, I knew we could pull it off.

“Winning the CIF championship … I can’t put it into words, it’s an amazing feeling.”

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