Baseball Falls to Mission Hills in CIF Division 2 Championship

After reaching the CIF Finals for the 2nd consecutive season, the Parker baseball team fell just short in their quest for a championship, losing 5-3 to Mission Hills High School on Saturday afternoon.

After falling behind 1-0 in the first inning, the Lancers rallied in the top of the third. Junior Ryan Sanborn, who started the game on the mound for the Lancers, drove in two runs with a single to right field, as Sterling Hayes and Michael Yourg each crossed the plate. Mission Hills would push 3 more runs across in the bottom of the frame to take a 4-2 lead.

The Lancers came to the plate in the top half of the 7th inning trailing 5-2, but true to form, they competed fierecly till the end, nearly pulling off a miraculous comeback. After being hit by a pitch for the 2nd time in the game, Sterling Hayes reached base, along with fellow senior Ben Krongard who drew a walk. Sophomore Jack Allen was able to push across a run, as Hayes scored when Allen singled through the right side of the infield, bringing the score to 5-3. After Tristan Neels reached base on an infield hit, the Lancers had the bases loaded with the go-ahead run standing at the plate. It was not until a deep flyout to right field that Mission Hills was able to secure the victory.

After the game, Parker baseball coach David Glassey announced his retirement as the head coach of the varsity program, telling the San Diego Union-Tribune "It's just time for a younger guy, someone with a little more energy to take over." Glassey did say that he still plans to continue teaching at Parker, which includes working with the Parker middle school baseball program. "Whatever happens, I'll be involved with Baseball."

Mission Hills Coach Ken Putnam, who also announced his retirement following the game, had extremely high praise for Coach Glassey. "It was a privilege and an honor to compete against him and his team in a championship game," Putnam said. "He is a great coach, and a class man. He coaches the right way, and his kids play incredibly hard for him. I can do nothing but tip my cap to David Glassey."

In his 38 seasons leading the Parker baseball program, Coach Glassey amassed 601 wins (including 22 this season) and 9 San Diego Section championships. This season marked the 12th time that his team reached the section finals.

"I'm extremely proud of this team, especially our senior class," Glassey said. "I absolutely love these kids and the way that they compete. They are great kids, who are fun to be around, but when the time comes, they are an extremely competitive group. I will miss them all next year."

by Matt Morrison