Torrey Pines Claims CIF State Division 2 So Cal Regional Championship After 19-8 Victory at Etiwanda

Jun 06 2022 06:23:00

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There was a popular TV show in the 1980’s in which the lead character would always say, “I love it when a plan comes together.”

And it seemed this week that everything was falling in line, and that Etiwanda was primed to win the CIF State Division 2 Southern California Regional championship.

The Eagles cruised by Maranatha and Birmingham, with thanks to solid outings from Yahir Ramirez and Dylan Goff.

Brady Ebel, the Etiwanda freshman sensation, had planned all week to go in the title game, but Ebel (6-0, 0.32 ERA) tweaked his back in Thursday’s 12-1 victory over the Patriots, and he was unavailable to start in Saturday’s showdown with No. 2 seeded Torrey Pines.

But things still looked promising early on, as Yahir Ramirez went the first two scoreless innings on the mound.

In the bottom of the second inning, the Eagles had a 3-0 lead, and they had the bases loaded with one out.

Reece Dixon entered the contest, and in one of the game’s defining moments, he induced a 6-4-3 double play against the Etiwanda cleanup batter to avoid any further damage.

Torrey Pines took that momentum into the top of the third inning and scored five runs to take a 5-3 lead, and they wouldn’t trail again.

The Falcons would score six in the fourth, two in the fifth and six more runs in the top of the sixth inning.

Torrey Pines earned the D-2 So Cal Regional title, 19-8, in six innings.

Dixon went 2 2/3 and allowed five runs (four earned) on five hits.

He didn’t issue a walk and fanned two.

Ryan Babcock, who was brought up from the JV team, provided a scoreless fifth inning in relief.

And Grayson Bonanno closed out the championship by getting the final three outs, including two via strikeout.

Armando Briseno singled, doubled and scored.

Brady Ebel singled, doubled, scored and had two RBIs.

Mike Harrison went 2-for-3, with a double, RBI and run scored.

Tyler Shigenaka had an RBI single and Abraham Zapata singled and scored.

Tyler McEvoy had two singles and scored a pair of runs.

Parker Sobiesiak had a two-run single for the Eagles.

As mentioned, Ramirez started and blanked the Falcons in the first two innings.

But Torrey Pines would get to the EHS senior for five runs on six hits in that third inning.

TPHS touched up Nico Neri for six runs on two hits and five walks in his 2/3 of an inning.

The Falcons scored eight runs (five earned) off Garrett Mnich on seven hits.

Mnich walked one and struck out one.

Michai Harrison got the final two outs in the top of the sixth, including one strikeout.

In all Torrey Pines scored 19 runs on 17 hits.

Junior Barajas singled, had a sac fly, hit a two-run HR in the fifth, scored twice, and finished with a game-high four RBIs.

AJ Guiliana walked, singled, doubled, tripled, scored twice and had one RBI.

Ryan Flather singled twice, doubled, scored three runs and drove in a pair for the Falcons.

Ryan Jackel went 2-for-4, with a walk, two runs and two RBIs.

Liam Kelly singled twice, doubled, scored a game-high four runs and had one RBI.

Gavin Strup singled, had an RBI and scored twice.

Jace Barajas walked, singled, scored and had two RBIs.

Thomas Maher walked, tripled, scored and had one RBI.

Burke Stratton drew a pair of walks, singled, scored two runs and finished with a pair of RBIs.

The crazy stat offensively for Torrey Pines is that before Saturday’s 19 runs, the Falcons had scored 20 combined runs in their last eight games, including one run apiece in the first two state playoff games.

All nine starters had at least one hit, and five of the nine had two or more.

Although it was a disappointing end to a historic season, there was so much to be proud of, including the Eagles having entered Saturday’s contest without a loss in 42 days.

Etiwanda won the Baseline League and CIF-SS Division 2 championships, and their 27 wins ties the 2017 team, which also won a D-2 title.

And the best news for Eagles fans is that seven of their nine starters return in 2023, including Dylan Goff and Brady Ebel, who were a combined 18-0, with a 0.52 ERA this year.

Congrats to Coach Furnald, his staff and their players on a remarkable 2022 season.

Box Score:
TP: 0-0-5-6-2-6-(19)
E: 1-2-0-3-2-0-(8)

Win: Reece Dixon
Loss: Nico Neri

HR: Junior Barajas (TP)
3B: AJ Guiliana (TP), Thomas Maher (TP)
2B: AJ Guiliana (TP), Ryan Flather (TP), Liam Kelly (TP); Armando Briseno (E), Brady Ebel (E), Mike Harrison (E)

Records: Torrey Pines (23-12); Etiwanda (27-9)