La Jolla High School baseball falls to Cathedral Catholic High in non-conference clash

By Michael Ragovin

The Cathedral Catholic High School Dons defeated La Jolla High School Vikings, 4-0 at the Dons’ field on Thursday, April 4, 2013. The Vikings kept it close throughout the game, though they left too many men on base and squandered several scoring opportunities. Considering that Cathedral Catholic is the No. 1 high school baseball team in the country, the Vikings made a game of it.

The game began with the Vikings up to bat and Tyson Youngs grounding out to shortstop. Tim Holdgrafer drew a walk and waited at first. a passed ball with Brett Volger up allowed Holdgrafer to reach second. Volger then hit a deep fly to center. Daniel Farkas drew another walk and with runners on first and second and two outs, Holdgrafer got picked off at second.

Lefty patrick Dayton was on the mound for la Jolla and took down the first three batters he faced, including a fly ball to right, a strikeout and another fly ball to right. at the end of the first, there was no score.

The top half of the second started with Brett Schuman flying out to left, Dylan Walsh grounding out to second and alex Eliopulos attempting to steal second after a walk. in the bottom half of the second Cathedral got the first hit of the game in a single to center. after that, the Dons went quietly on a fly ball to center, a short fly to right and a strikeout.

Still no score at the end of two innings.

Matt Needham started the top of the third with a ground ball single to right. ronan Young attempted a sacrifice bunt but popped up to the catcher. Youngs singled down the third base line and it looked like the Vikings had something going with one out and runners on first and second. Unfortunately the Vikings could not make it home after Holdgrafer flew out to right and Volger went down on a fielder’s choice.

The bottom half of the third for the Dons started with single to right followed by a single to left.

An error allowed a runner to take third, putting runners on first and third with no outs. The next batter shot to right, driving in the runner from third with runners still on first and third with no one out. This was followed by 4-6-3 double play, when a second baseman throws to the shortstop covering second and gets the runner out, who throws to first baseman and gets the runner out. The runner was able to score from third. The inning ended on a fly ball to left for the third out. The Dons scored two runs on three hits and one error by la Jolla. at the end of the third Cathedral led 2-0.

In the top of the fourth the Vikings went down in order. a ground out to short, a strikeout and a fly ball center ended their half of the fourth. Cathedral’s half began with a pop up to the pitcher. The next batter singled between third and short. The runner then stole second. a double to right center scored the runner and left a runner on base. The inning ended with a fly ball to center. after four innings of play Cathedral led 3-0.

Noah Strohl reached first on an error to start the fifth. Needham sacrificed him to second. Young went out on a fly ball to right. Youngs singled to left and then with runners on first and third the runner on first stole second with two outs. Holdgrager striking out ended the Vikings threat and once again no runs were scored. The second Cathedral batter in the inning beat out a grounder and then stole second and third. a single to left scored the runner on third to make it 4-0 Cathedral. The inning ended with a strikeout.

The Vikings had two chances left to get something done, however, they could not manage to get anyone on base and the game ended with Cathedral winning 4-0.

The Dons scored four runs on 11 hits only two of those runs were earned. Unfortu- nately, the Vikings could not get a timely hit in the midst of scoring opportunities, leaving multiple runners on base. They could manage only two hits. Not bad against the number one team in country.