For the first time since 2007, the Baseball team advanced to the Championship game of the Lions Tournament, California’s largest baseball tournament held annually in San Diego. The Lancers, compete in the Lions Tournament every year,, went 3-2 on the week ,falling to Poway High School in the finals of the Classic Division.
Head Coach David Glassey was extremely proud of his team’s performance in the tournament, stating “I thought our players competed the entire week. We had some of our younger players really step up throughout the week. No Matter the outcome of the final game, I’m always proud of how we play.”
They began the week on Monday with a 2-1 victory over Westlake High School. Senior Outfielder Bryce Neels had 2 hits at the plate and Senior Sterling Hayes drove in the both Lancer runs, roping an RBI double in the 6th inning to put the Lancers in front for good. Hayes was also dealing on the mound, striking out the first 8 batters he faced, and scattering 5 hits over 5 innings to earn the victory.
The next day, the Lancer bats exploded, as they pounded out a 10-0 shutout win over Vista High School. Senior Ben Krongard went 3-4 and drove in 4 runs, while Senior Mike Yourg was 2-4 and scored 3 runs in addition to his 4 RBIs. Sophomore Joseph Cetale got the start for the Lancers, and was stellar, not allowing a single hit over his 5 innings.
With a berth in the semi-finals already secured, the Lancers fell on Wednesday afternoon to Green Valley High School (Nevada), despite another strong effort from Krongard, who notched 2 hits and multiple RBIs for his 2nd straight game.
After winning their pool, the Lancers advanced to Thursday’s elimination round, where they faced Palisades high school. They exploded out of the gate, scoring 8 runs in the first inning on their way to a 12-2 victory. Bryce Neels went 3-4 and drove in 2 runs, while Mike Yourg belted a grand slam, his second home run of the season. All 10 of the Lancer players that came to the plate in the game scored at least one run. Junior Ryan Sanborn got the start for the Lancers, allowing only 2 runs over 4 innings to earn the victory.
Thursday morning’s win earned the team a trip to the championship game later that afternoon, where they took on Poway High School. Sterling Hayes and Mike Yourg each had 2 hits, and Yourg drove in 2 runs, as the Lancers kept things very close, trailing 3-2 heading into the 5th inning. Ultimately though, Poway pulled away and defeated the Lancers by a final of 8-4. Sophomore pitcher Matthew Baker-Dunn saw his first action of the season and threw two scoreless innings.
Next week, the Lancers will be in action 3 times, beginning on Monday, when they will host Patrick Henry High School at 6:30pm. Their last two games of the week are both against Christian High School, first at home on Wednesday, 4/4 at 6:30, and then on Saturday morning, when they travel to Christian for a 10:30am start.
by Matt Morrison