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Titans, Barons come up winners in Mesa League baseball openers Phillip Brents | Fri, Apr 20 2012 11:52 AM

The championship banner race is finally on for Mesa League baseball teams as league play officially started on Tuesday. Both defending co-champions — the Eastlake Titans and Bonita Vista Barons — came up winners in their first league outings this spring.

Eastlake (10-6-2) edged the visiting Hilltop Lancers, 4-3, while Bonita Vista (11-5) blanked visiting Otay Ranch 6-0.

Angel Estrada (two-for-two) and Devin Kopas (two-for-three) helped spark the Titans’ hitting attack while Dylan McDonald hurled the complete game victory.

Troy Cruz struck out nine batters and allowed just two hits in securing the complete game victory for Bonita Vista. He also scored one run and drove in a run in four plate appearances.

Esteban Velasco led the Barons with two RBI while Eduardo Perez, Austin Wilkes and Alex Haas each drove in one run. Miguel Solano-Espinosa scored twice.

Bonita Vista remained undefeated in Metro Conference tournament play (4-0) with a 5-2 victory at Castle Park last Saturday. Alex Quiros hurled five innings to pick up the win. Pat Valdez, Carlos Herrera and Haas each stroked doubles in the game; Haas scored two runs and had one RBI.

Otay Ranch also remained unbeaten in Metro tourney play after topping San Ysidro 5-3.

South Bay League
Montgomery remained unbeaten in league play (5-0, 11-6-1 overall) after besting defending league champion San Ysidro, 9-3, on Tuesday.

Joel Castro pitched six innings and drove in five runs to help his own cause for the Aztecs, who rapped out 14 hits. Mario Perez went three-for-three with two doubles and three runs scored.

Everado Tovar (5-0 on the hill) is hitting .500 in 25 plate appearances for Montgomery. Castro improved top 3-1 on the mound.

Teams sought for CV Pony memorial tournament

Chula Vista North Pony will host its annual Memorial Weekend baseball tournament this year in memory of Kevin Ayers. The Kevin Ayers Memorial tournament is scheduled May 24-28. Ayers, a longtime supporter of the league and former coach, lost his battle with cancer last year.

The tournament entry fee is $350 along with two baseballs per game. Umpires, full snack bar and free parking are provided. There is a three- game guarantee with divisions for 13-year-olds and 14-year-olds. Teams with mixed 13-14 ages will play in the 14 division. Travel teams and Junior teams are welcome. Contact Jannine Tejeda at 890-9648 to sign up. Space is limited.

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