By Bill Tamburrino
Ramona swept the Timberwolves of Mission Vista in a three game series in Valley League play and rewrote the record book. The Bulldogs scored 53 runs and blasted 62 hits.
The Dawgs are now 11-5 overall.
Ramona opened Valley League action with a 12-0 win over Mission Vista High School. In that opener the Bulldogs got the best of both worlds, excellent pitching and outstanding pitching as in the words of coach Dean Welch, “We put it all together.”
Rhett Williams was dominating on the mound as the right-hander had the best outing of his career. Williams only faced 22 hitters in seven innings as he only gave up two hits. He struck out seven and did not issue a walk.
Ramona’s bats were alive and well as the Bulldogs hit .526 as a team. Ramona ripped 17 hits as five Bulldogs had multiple hit games.
Senior third baseman Kevin Hagan put on an offensive clinic. Hagan had a career high four hit day with three RBIs, two runs scored, and four stolen bases. Kyle Wilson ripped a double and two singles, drove in two runs, and scored a run.
Henry Flecker had two doubles and two RBIs, and scored a run. Gage Canning and Brandon Fitzpatrick each contributed two singles.
Jordan Farhat, Joel Mitchell, CJ Broussard, and Jonathan Doulgeropoulos also hit safely for the Dawgs.
Ramona broke and set a plethora of school, league, and CIF records in a 29-2 rout at Mission Vista High School. After two innings Ramona led the Timberwolves by three touchdowns and they were playing baseball.
Canning had a career at the plate. The sophomore center fielder had a school and CIF record — 7-for-7 — with seven RBIs. He scored four runs and hit for the cycle, which means that he had a home run (two actually), triple, double (three actually), and a single. Canning had seven hits and first base coach Tom Jamison only got to talk to him once during the game. In all, 14 Bulldogs collected 31 hits and drove in 28 runs. Broussard, Joey Belluso, and Carl Schwettman had three hits apiece. Belluso had five RBIs. Schwettman hit a home run.
The following Bulldogs had two hits apiece: Fitzpatrick, Farhat, Hagan, Taylor Burger, Flecker, and Trevor Yerkey. Hagan hit a home run. The following Bulldogs had one hit apiece: Joel Mitchell, Grason Lanz, Doulgeropoulos, and Blake Workman.
“We could do this every game if they would listen to me,” joked Welch as he shook his head when asked to explain the record setting performance.
Wilson got the start and went six innings to pick up the win. He limited the Timberwolves to three hits and struck out nine. Workman pitched one inning and struck out one.
There is no longer a mercy rule, which is good because good coaches like Welch will play as many players on the roster as possible in routs. The only people the mercy rule helps are the umpires. When a coach plays 16 players he can’t be accused of running up the score.
Ramona closed out the series with a 12-3 home win as the Dawgs’ offense continued to pound the ball. Ramona ripped 14 hits as nine Bulldogs hit safely in the game.
Broussard got the start and the win as he went six innings, limiting the Timberwolves to three hits and two earned runs as he struck out eight. Burger finished the game and gave up one hit and fanned one.
Broussard also had a big day at the plate as he went 3-for-4 with a triple, scored two runs, and had an RBI. Mitchell, Fitzpatrick, and Hagan all had two hits apiece. Mitchell had the only home run of the game and drove in four runs. Canning, Farhat, Belluso, Doulgeropoulos, and Tyler Sherman also contributed hits in the win.