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Prep baseball teams conjure intrigue in league banner chases Phillip Brents | Fri, May 09 2014 12:32 PM

The Bonita Vista Barons remained in the Metro-Mesa League baseball pennant race by recording a clutch 4-0 home field victory against the ninth-ranked Eastlake Titans on Thursday. The win upped the Barons’ league record to 4-2 and dropped the Titans to 3-1 in league play.

Both teams continue to trail the eighth-ranked Otay Ranch Mustangs, who improved to 4-0 in league play with a 6-5 win at Mater Dei Catholic on Thursday.

Eastlake and Otay Ranch pair up this week for a pair of crucial games while the Barons and Mustangs close out the season with an equally important two-game series the following week.

Ricky Reynoso pitched a two-hit shutout to help Bonita Vista’s championship fortunes. He struck out five batters while issuing three bases on balls to improve his season record to 2-1.

Blake Flippen, who went two-for-four in the game, scored two runs for the Barons, who also received two hits from Andres Velasco, including a double.

Brandon Torio, who slugged a two-bagger, scored one run while also driving in one run. Scott Beckstrom, Wyatt Rauch and Esteban Velasco also picked up RBIs in the contest; Esteban Velasco and Torio also each scored once.

Bonita Vista, which improved to 16-9 overall, opened the game with a three-run first inning and later forced Eastlake pitcher Hudson Pearson from the mound with another rally. The Barons added one more run in the bottom of the fourth inning and finished the game with eight hits.

The Titans, who captured the two-game series opener by a 6-4 score on Tuesday, dropped to 19-5 on the season.

Metro Conference Baseball Standings
Metro-Mesa League

Otay Ranch Mustangs 4-0, 18-7
Eastlake Titans 3-1, 19-5
Bonita Vista Barons 4-2, 16-9
Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders 1-5, 9-15
Olympian Eagles 0-4, 9-14

Tuesday, May 6
Eastlake 6, Bonita Vista 4
Otay Ranch 13, Mater Dei Catholic 5

Thursday, May 8

Bonita Vista 4, Eastlake 0
Otay Ranch 6, Mater Dei Catholic 5

Metro-Pacific League

Chula Vista Spartans 2-0, 9-16
Sweetwater Red Devils 1-1, 8-15
Hilltop Lancers 1-1, 8-17
Castle Park Trojans 0-2, 6-16

Tuesday, May 6

Sweetwater 5, Hilltop 2
Chula Vista 7, Castle Park 3

Thursday, May 8

Chula Vista 3, Castle Park 2 (Brandon Teichman winning pitcher for Chula Vista)
Hilltop 4, Sweetwater 3 (Justin Sparby winning pitcher for Hilltop)

Metro-South Bay League

Montgomery Aztecs 2-0, 13-8-2
San Ysidro Cougars 2-0, 15-10
Mar Vista Mariners 0-2, 14-10
Southwest Raiders 0-2, 10-14

Tuesday, May 6

Montgomery 7, Mar Vista 1
San Ysidro 15, Southwest 4

Thursday, May 8

Montgomery 5, Mar Vista 3 (Carlos Franco winning pitcher, Jesus Estrada three hits for Montgomery)
San Ysidro 12, Southwest 1



Spartans score often to claim Metro-Pacific League opener

Eli Savage scored on a rare inside-the-park home run and Nigel Tavares stroked a pair of doubles to help lead the visiting Chula Vista Spartans past the Castle Park Trojans, 7-3, in Tuesday’s Metro-Pacific League opener for both teams. Chula Vista, which ended a three-game losing streak, improved to 1-0 in league play, 8-16 overall, while Castle Park dropped to 0-1 in league play, 6-13 overall.

Sweetwater got the jump on Hilltop in another Metro-Pacific League opener as the host Red Devils (1-0, 8-14) claimed a 5-2 decision over the Lancers (0-1, 7-17). Salvador Rosales earned honors as Sweetwater’s player of the game after tossing a complete game victory and driving in one run. Also for the victorious Devils, James Zarate had three stolen bases and one RBI while Justin Meza drove in the game-winning run.

For the season, Rosales (5-3) has fashioned a fine 1.47 ERA with 25 strikeouts in 57 innings pitched while  also leading the team with 11 RBI. Isaac Piche leads Sweetwater with a .344 hitting average while Zarate is 10-for-10 in stolen base attempts.

San Ysidro (13-10 overall) and Montgomery (12-8-2 overall) each opened Metro-South Bay League play on Tuesday with victories. Defending Division III champion San Ysidro, keyed by Conrado Diaz with a grand slam and seven RBI, pummeled Southwest, 15-4, while Montgomery, supported by three hits each from Mario Perez and Jesus Estrada, blasted Mar Vista 7-1. Mar Vista dropped to 14-10 overall while Southwest fell to 10-13 overall.

Otay Ranch (17-7 overall) and Eastlake (19-4 overall) both improved to 3-0 in Metro-Mesa League play with victories on Tuesday. Otay Ranch, paced by home runs from Eddie Alvarez and Anton Melendrez, crunched host Mater Dei Catholic, 13-5, while Eastlake, braced by a six-hitter by Julian Escobedo (7-0) and Luke Ramirez’s game-winning RBI, topped visiting Bonita Vista 6-4.

Ramirez clubbed a double and drove in two runs while younger brother Ben Ramirez stroked a double and drove in three runs. Also for Eastlake, Michael Martinez went two-for-three with one RBI while Isaac Vargas received credit for a save in relief.

Bonita Vista dropped to 3-2 in league play, 15-9 overall, while Mater Dei Catholic fell to 1-4 in league play, 9-14 overall.

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