By Bill Tamburrino
When asked about shutting out Torrey Pines in the second game of a Saturday doubleheader on the road, Coach Dean Welch was all smiles.
“It was a great way to finish the week,” he said. “We lost a game in extra innings on Tuesday and got beat up in the first game of the doubleheader. Torrey Pines was the number one team in the CIF at one time during the season and is a very solid club. Jason Snodgrass sure picked a perfect time to pitch his best game of his career. He shut them out and went the distance. I couldn’t ask for more.”
Ramona (16-2, 6-8) opened the week with an extra inning loss at home. The wind was blowing out and the Falcons took advantage of the breeze. Torrey Pines (21-9, 8-6) hit four home runs to win a 10-8 decision. With four home runs maybe it was a knock out.
Ramona hit one round tripper. Jackson Willeford hit a two run shot in the third inning. Willeford finished the game 2-for-3 with a double and two RBI.
John James Battaglia and Blake T. Drake also had two hit outings. Drake had two RBI. Jordan Farhat went 2-for-4 in his first varsity game. He missed most of the season with an injury he sustained in basketball season. Farhat had a double and an RBI.
Kevin Hagan, Michael Scodellaro, Beau Sulser, and Zack Adamos also collected hits in the game. Sulser had two RBI.
Sulser got the start and went four and a third innings. He gave up six runs on ten hits and struck out three. Harrison McGhee went three and a third innings and took the loss. He gave up four runs on five hits and fanned five. Rhett Williams went the final third of an inning.
Game one of the twin bill was all Torrey Pines. The Falcons won 8-1 and blasted 10 hits and took advantage of four Bulldog errors. Ramona’s lone run came on a solo home run by Drake in the fifth inning. Scodellaro had a 2-for3 outing. Hagan and Battaglia also had one hit apiece.
Snodgrass went the distance in the final game of the series but he did get a little help from his friends.
“I was getting tired but I really wanted to finish. The defense was playing well and I knew that if Torrey Pines hit the ball the defense would make plays,” said Snodgrass, and he was right.
In the fifth inning Scodellaro made a diving catch on a line drive headed down the line in right and made a perfect throw from his knees to Snodgrass to end the inning.
Snodgrass helped himself in the sixth inning by starting a double play. He made a jumping grab on a hard hit ball up the middle and threw a perfect strike to Willeford at second base.
Willeford then fired a strike to Scodellaro at first to complete the DP and end the inning.
The game ended on a classic 6-4-3 DP. Willeford to Adamos to Scodellaro and Snodgrass had a shutout. Snodgrass scattered six hits and fanned four as the Dawgs played errorless ball behind him.
Drake and Sulser led the offense. Both hitters had two hits. Sulser had two RBI. Battaglia, Willeford, Scodellaro and Farhat also contributed hits in the win. Willeford and Scodellaro had one RBI apiece.