Eagles Soar Their Way to Coastal League Title
By Andrew Smith
San Diego (5/14/2014) – It took one one extra day longer than expected, due to the tragedy of wildfires ablaze throughout the county, but Santa Fe Christian took the title of Coastal League champions on Wednesday with a 9-2 victory over Francis Parker.
“This might be the most fun team I’ve ever been around,” said head coach DON MITCHELL. “We really didn’t know what to expect this season, but if you look at where we were at the beginning of the season, compared to now it’s crazy. We knew we were good and this group is so unified, close and resilient it’s just been a blast to coach this group of kids.”
The Eagles’ (19-5, 8-0 CL) skipper has been harping that his No. 8 ranked squad has been doing a great job of scoring early to put pressure on other teams to beat their stellar pitching staff.
And that’s exactly what happened in their league-clinching performance.
DEAN ELIOTT knocked the second pitch of the game into left field. CHASE BUSHOR then drew a walk and COLE WEAVER sacrificed them an extra base.
Last season, as a sophomore, DILLON PAULSON would rather not pitch because he only wanted to hit and for good reason. He led the Coastal League with 14 doubles.
Fast forward one year and he’s still raising more and more college scouts’ eyebrows, as he has gone 15-for-26 (.577) in league play with 4 home runs and 25 runs batted in.
On top of that, he’s also 6-1 toeing the rubber, with a 1.88 earned run average in 52 innings pitched.
“I knew he was a special player, but to expect all the production he’s given us would be insane,” added Mitchell.
Paulson ended the day 2-for-2 with 4 RBI and a couple of runs scored, but his first at-bat single got SFC on the board and they never looked back.
After a rare Lancers’ (15-10, 5-3 CL) error put another base runner on TYLER LEDBETTER came through with a run-scoring single and LUKE VANDERTIE was plunked with a pitch with the bases loaded to give them a 3-0 lead.
Paulson then smashed a 2-run homer to center field in the second inning and TYLER STEPHENS ripped a RBI double to right field in the third to make it a six run game before Parker ever knew what hit them.
COLE ACOSTA earned the victory going 5 and 2/3 innings improving his record to 7-2 with a 1.67 ERA.
Next up for the Lancers on Thursday…they have to face Paulson on the mound.