Ramona High School’s baseball team beat Torrey Pines High School (21-7-1, 9-5) in the final series of the Palomar League season and knocked the Falcons out of first place in the league.
The series had it all — great pitching, big plays on defense, clutch hitting and a dramatic finish. The Dawgs have one more league game left. A win would leave them third place in the league. The Dawgs are 14-14 and 7-7.
Ramona opened the three-game series with a 4-3 win over Torrey Pines. The Dawgs scored four runs in the bottom of the first inning and then held on to beat the Falcons and knock them out of first place in the Palomar League.
Gage Canning started the rally with one out in the first inning when he reached on an error. With two down, Sulser singled. Kevin Hagan worked the count for a base on balls. Brandon Fitzpatrick delivered a two run double. Christian Drews walked and Hank Flecker stroked a two run single. The Bulldog offense only delivered three more hits on the afternoon when Sulser doubled in the sixth inning and Hagan singled but the Dawgs could not score a run as the inning ended with a “strike ‘em out, throw ‘em out double play.“ Flecker singled in the seventh but was left stranded as Cory Rodriguez struck out the side.
Sulser went the distance and picked up his fifth win of the campaign. He struck out nine Falcons and pitched his way out of jams in six of the seven innings. The senior right- hander took a shutout into the sixth inning. The Falcons scored two runs in the frame on three hits and two walks.
Torrey rallied in the seventh inning, scored a run and had the go-ahead runs on base when Sulser reached and struck out the final Falcon hitter to preserve the victory.
Rhett Williams continued to pitch well in the second game of the series but the Bulldogs could only manage two hits off of Torrey Pines’ Brock Larson as the Dawgs lost a 2-1 decision on the road.
Hagan provided all of the Bulldog offense in the fourth inning when he hit a solo home run to lead off the frame.
Torrey Pines scored both of its runs in the first inning when the team put together four singles for two runs. Williams then shut out the Falcons for the rest of the game as he scattered nine hits and struck out one. Williams let his defense make plays as he threw 11 ground ball outs.
The final game of the series was a classic in every sense of the word. The Bulldogs took an early lead, fell behind in the last inning, and made a dramatic walk off victory. Ramona pounded out 10 hits in the game and blasted two clutch home runs. Eight Bulldogs contributed hits in the win.
Ramona got off to a four run lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Falcons answered with three runs to make it a 4-3 contest when the Dawgs scored an insurance run in the fifth inning. The Falcons scored three runs in the top of the sixth to take a one run lead into the final frame.