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By Brian Reed-Baiotto, Sports Editor
What more could a 14-year-old baseball player ask for than to be on the mound in a CIF State Division 2 championship game?
It might be a daunting task for most, but Etiwanda freshman Brady Ebel is as calm as they come.
The Baseline League MVP has been around baseball his entire life, including his father, Dino Ebel, who serves as the Dodgers third base coach, and spent many years with the Angels.
Etiwanda will host Torrey Pines tomorrow (Saturday) at 4.
It pits the top two seeds in the CIF State Division 2 bracket.
The Eagles earned their spot Thursday, and it was a little unconventional.
Trailing 1-0 in the bottom of the fifth inning to Birmingham, EHS scored six runs in both the fifth and sixth innings to claim a 12-1, mercy-rule victory.
Dylan Goff continued his masterful season, improving to 12-0, after going all six innings and allowing just a solo shot in the fifth inning.
Goff struck out eight, and set the stage for Ebel.
Brady Ebel is 6-0 on the mound with a 0.32 ERA.
Ebel will face a Falcons lineup that is led by Junior Barajas and Ryan Flather.
Barajas is batting .317, with 32 hits, 27 runs, 18 RBIs, five doubles and four home runs.
Flather is hitting at a .302 clip, with 32 hits, 23 runs, 14 RBIs, six doubles, one triple and three home runs.
The Eagles offense will battle a Torrey Pines pitching staff that hasn’t allowed a run in the state playoffs.
The Falcons have consecutive 1-0 victories over Palos Verdes and Rancho Bernardo.
Grayson Bonanno and Peyton Rodgers have combined to throw consecutive six-hit shutouts with one total walk and 14 strikeouts.
If you go by innings pitched this season, it would seem that Etiwanda will get either Zach Isaacman (5-1, 1.33 ERA) or Eric Van Valkenburg (5-5, 1.76).
Isaacman and Van Valkenburg have combined to go 115 innings, walking 28 and striking out 126 batters.
Etiwanda’s lineup should look something like this:
Armando Briseno, who moved up to the leadoff spot after Austen Roellig had Tommy John Surgery, is batting .378, with 45 hits, 34 runs, 22 RBIs, five doubles, four triples and three home runs.
Brady Ebel (.324, 33 hits, 22 runs, 34 RBIs, five doubles, two triples & five HR’s), Mike Harrison (.333, 23 hits, 19 runs, 22 RBIs, seven doubles & three HR’s), Freddie Capacete (.311, 23 hits, nine runs, 14 RBIs, six doubles & one HR), Tyler Shigenaka (.386, 34 hits, 25 runs, 19 RBIs, eight doubles, one triple & one HR), Abraham Zapata (.295, 18 hits, eight runs, 12 RBIs, four doubles & one triple), Kaedon Mas (.275, 19 hits, 20 runs, 17 RBIs, one double, one triple & one HR), Tyler McEvoy (.315, 28 hits, 22 runs, 26 RBIs, nine doubles, three triples & two home runs), and last but not least is a guy that championship caliber teams need, and his name is Parker Sobiesiak.
Sobiesiak bats in the No. 9 spot and never gives himself enough credit for his part in this historic run.
He’s batting .294 with 20 hits, 19 runs, 14 RBIs, three doubles and plays a solid center field for the Eagles.
The first pitch is slated for 4.
By the Numbers:
Records: TP (22-12); E (27-8)
Runs Scored: TP (153); E (270)
Runs Allowed: TP (79); E (100)
State Playoff Runs Scored: TP (2); E (18)
State Playoff Runs Allowed: TP (0); E (2)
Team Batting Average: TP (.261); E (.325)
Team ERA: TP (1.40); E (1.92)
League Record: TP (10-5); E (12-3)
League Finish: TP (Coastal champs); E (Baseline champs)
Current Win Streak: TP (2); E (10)
Etiwanda’s Home Record: (12-2)
Torrey Pines’ Road Record: (7-8)
MaxPreps State Rankings: TP (35); E (12)
CIF State Division 2 Schedule/Results:
Torrey Pines 1, Palos Verdes 0
Etiwanda 6, Maranatha 1
Torrey Pines 1, Rancho Bernardo 0
Etiwanda 12, Birmingham 1
Torrey Pines at Etiwanda at 4
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