By Bill Tamburrino
It was a 1-loss, 1-win week for Ramona High’s baseball team.
The Bulldogs played undefeated Great Oak High School of Temecula (5-0) tough for six innings before the Wolf Pack erupted for six unanswered runs in the final frame to beat the Dawgs 9-3 in a Pirate-Falcon Classic game at Ramona High School.
Gage Canning continued to swing a hot bat as he went 3-for-4 with two RBIs during the March 11 game. Canning hit his third home run of the season and then ripped two doubles to boost his slugging percentage.
“The most impressive hit of the day was Gage’s double to left center. After two shots to right they tried to pitch him away and he went with the pitch and hit a rocket,” stated Coach Dean Welch.
Kyle Wilson, Joseph Belluso, Jonathon Doulgeropoulos, and Tyler Sherman also contributed one hit apiece to the Bulldog attack.
Rhett Williams got the start and pitched six strong innings before tiring in the seventh inning. He gave up two unearned runs in the seventh to get the loss. Taylor took over with one out in the seventh and finished the game. Williams gave up three earned runs on four hits and struck out a season high eight.
“Rhett pitched very well. He could have very easily have gotten a win. He had good command of all of his pitches,’ said Josh Lohman, the team’s pitching coach.
Ramona traveled to Fallbrook the next day and beat the Warriors 5-4. Fallbrook has a power hitter friendly field, and Ramona took advantage of the friendly dimensions. Jordan Farhat and Jonathon Doulgeropoulos each blasted round-trippers for the Dawgs. Farhat’s blast was a two-run homer in the third inning and Doulgeropoulos’ came in the fourth inning.
Brandon Fitzpatrick then hit a double, one of his three hits of the day. Canning then hit a two out double to drive in Fitz.
The winning run came in the top of the seventh inning. Canning singled and Belluso drove him in with an RBI double.
Kyle Wilson got the start and went the distance to pick up the win. Wilson scattered six hits and only gave up two earned runs and struck out four. Wilson recorded the last 10 outs without allowing a base runner.
“He got stronger as the game went on,” said Lohman.