First Round Playoffs Roundup
By Andrew Smith
San Diego (5/28/2014) – The first round of the Division II playoffs wasn’t for the faint of heart on the Solana Beach campus of Santa Fe Christian. DILLON PAULSON went 3-for-3 on the day with a double and plated COLE WEAVER in the bottom of the first inning for his San Diego county leading 44th RBI. That eventually stood as the lone marker as the Eagles out-flew the Falcons from Scripps Ranch 1-0 behind great defense and a pitching gem from COLE ACOSTA.
“It was just a great game from our entire team today,” said SFC coach DON MITCHELL. “Cole pitched one of his best games of the year, our defense – especially DEAN ELIOTT – played fantastic and it was just a great team win.”
Acosta allowed only four hits and struck out nine en route to his 9th victory of the year against only two losses, but it definitely didn’t come easy.
In their at-bat, the Falcons (14-14) led off the seventh inning by putting the tying run on third with a triple. Mitchell then had a conference on the mound with his infield on how they wanted to play it. The final decision was to play the corners up and the middle infield halfway in.
That plan turned out perfect as the next batter hit a grounder to Eliott who calmly threw the runner out at home in a bang-bang play. A fly out provided the Eagles’ second out of the inning, but a ball was then laced to left and the tying run was held up at third.
However, the communication from the SFC (22-5) defense led to the final out of the game by nailing the trailing runner at second base.
“When it was all said and done everyone was exhausted,” added Mitchell. “Our fans went through a roller coaster of a ride for that final inning and they were all exhausted. Trust me…the same went for all of us.”
With graduation slated for Friday the Eagles’ second round game against Bonita Vista will be moved up one day and be played tomorrow on the campus of the #2 ranked Barons.
FRANCIS PARKER 5, Christian 2 – Some things in life are just unexplainable. So too is the Lancers’ (19-9) dominance over the Patriots for the past several years after taking them down for the third time this season.
“I don’t know what it is about them,” admitted head coach DAVID GLASSEY. “For some reason whenever we step onto the field with them we know we can win.”
JAKE WIEGAND got the victory by allowing only two runs over five innings and JOHNATHAN VIZCAINO got credit for a 2-inning save to close things out. Vizcaino was also credited with the game-winning RBI by lacing a 2-run single to left field in the bottom of the fourth, giving the Lancers the lead for good.
“Honestly, I was looking for a ball to drive the opposite way,” Vizcaino recalled. “But he tried to sneak a fastball inside on me and I just turned on it. We had a rough couple of games to end the season, but now we’re putting things together and the wheels are really starting to turn for us so we’re ready for our next opponent.”
Parker added a pair of insurance runs in the bottom of the sixth after HAYDEN HASTINGS led off with a double. Vizcaino moved him to third, but it turned out for naught as Wiegand tripled him home and then scored himself on a JOSEPH PASQUILL single.
“We have been beating this team ever since my freshman year,” Wiegand said. “It’s gotten to a point where we just have a certain confidence or swagger when we step onto the field with them that we can win every time.”
Tagged cole acosta, cole weaver, david glassey, dean eliott, dillon p[aulson, don mitchell, eagles, francis parker, hayden hastings, jake wiegand, jonathan vizcaino, joseph pasquill, lancers, santa fe christian