Bulldogs advance to semifinal in tourney’s Premier Division
By Bill Tamburrino
Coach Dean Welch’s Bulldog baseball team had another impressive showing in the Lion’s Tournament.
Last season the Bulldogs won the tourney. This year they moved up to the Premier Division and then advanced to the semifinals before being eliminated by the eventual champion, Marina High School of Huntington Beach.
The Dawgs went 3-1 in tourney play and are 12-8 on the season and 2-4 in the Palomar League.
Bulldogs opened the Lions Tournament with a 7-5 victory over Chaparral High School (6-10, 3-6) of Temecula on Monday, April 18.
The Dawgs got off to a 2-0 lead with solo runs in the second and third innings. Chaparral tied the score in the third inning and took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the fourth inning.
Ramona reclaimed the lead in the top of the fifth with two runs. Chaparral scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth to tie the score at five.
Blake Drake came in in relief in that frame. The Dawgs rallied for the winning runs in the top of the seventh inning, and Drake slammed the door shut in the bottom of the frame to record the victory.
Beau Sulser got the start and pitched six and a third innings. He gave up four earned runs on six hits, walked two and struck out six. Drake went the final inning and two-thirds and gave up two hits and fanned two.
Kevin Hagan picked up three hits (two doubles) in five at bats and scored a run and had two RBIs. Sulser also turned in a three-hit day in four trips with one run scored and one RBI. Jackson Willeford moved from leadoff to third in the order and had 2-for-4 outing with a run scored and an RBI.
Sulser and Willeford both ripped doubles in the game. John James Battaglia stroked a single in the game.
On Tuesday, the Dawgs traveled to Coronado High School and beat Scripps Ranch High School 7-4 in the second game of pool play.
Harrison McGhee got the start and pitched six innings. He gave up four earned runs to the Falcons (11-6, 3-3) on seven hits and struck out ten. Jason Snodgrass came in the seventh inning and recorded his first save of the season by striking out the side and not giving up a run.
Ramona’s hitters touched up the Falcon staff for 12 hits. Michael Scodellaro had a 3-for-3 effort at the dish and drove in three runs. Hagan, Willeford and Drake all had two hit outings. Sulser and Battaglia both legged out triples. Josh Benke and Tyler Sherman added singles to the offense.
Coach Welch knew going into the final game of pool play on Wednesday that his team had earned the right to advance to the semifinal game due to the tie breaker formula. He elected to start his regular catcher, Tyler Sherman, at pitcher against St. Mary’s (8-8-1, 7-3) of Albany, Calif.
Sherman didn’t disappoint his coach. The sophomore right-hander picked up his first varsity win by going five innings and holding the Panthers to three runs on seven hits. He struck out two.
Curtis Sullivan and Rhett Williams both threw shutout inning in relief with Williams picking up the save.
Sulser went 2-for-3 with two RBI to lead the offense. Willeford had a 2-for-4 outing with a double, a run scored and an RBI. Benke and Hagan also stroked doubles in the game. Zack Adamos, Battaglia and Scodellaro also contributed hits to the attack. Ramona lost to Marina High School (12-7, 6-3) of Huntington Beach 3-0 in the semifinal game on Thursday. The Vikings’ pitcher, Trevor Migill, limited Ramona to one hit, a one out triple by Blake in the second inning.
The only other Bulldog to reach base was Adamos who drew a base on balls in the sixth inning. Snodgrass pitched well, giving up two earned runs on five hits in five innings work.
He struck out four. Sullivan went the final two innings and did not give up a run. He allowed three hits and fanned two.
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