Thursday, June 3, 2010

TORREYS BOUNCED BY MATER DEI IN DIVISION IV BASEBALL PLAYOFFS

Leading up to their C.I.F. Division IV playoff matchup with the Mater Dei Catholic Crusaders, La Jolla Country Day (LJCD) baseball coach John Edman felt confident.

“We lost to them once already, but we know that we can play with them,” said Edman. “We want another shot at them.”

Country Day (22-10) did get their shot. Unfortunately, they came up just short in suffering a tough 6-5 loss in ten innings to Mater Dei (16-16-1) in a third-round elimination game played at San Diego High last Saturday, May 29.

The Torreys received a quality start from Ian Lutz, who scattered seven hits over seven innings pitched. Lutz, a sophomore right-hander, allowed three runs, only two of which were earned.

Country Day also got quality play from junior Frankie Brown (3-for-4), freshman Tommy Edman (2-for-4, 1 run batted in, 2 runs scored), and junior Anthony Torres (3-for-4, 2 runs batted in).

“Our guys love to play baseball,” said John Edman. “We played real well and real hard in getting to the third round.”

The effort payed off for the Torreys in Friday’s second-round game against the Calvary Christian Lions, as Country Day erupted for 13 runs in the second inning en route to an 18-3 route of the visitors from Vista.

LJCD was led by the play of Torres (2-for-3, 1 double, 3 runs scored, 4 runs batted in), Edman (2-for-3, 4 runs scored), Brown (2-for-5, 2 runs scored), junior Austin Rooke (2-for-3, 2 doubles, 2 runs scored, 4 runs batted in), senior Connor Gerhart (2-for-4, 1 double, 1 triple, 1 run scored, 3 runs batted in), sophomore Sam Ayala (2-for-3, 1 run batted in), and freshman Dustin Hughes (1-for-2, 1 double, 1 run scored, 3 runs batted in).

Hughes also combined to hurl a one-hitter on the hill along with fellow freshmen right-handers Eduardo Garcia and Chase Merryman.

“We were trying to step on them as hard as we could by getting hits early on in the ballgame,” said Hughes.

“We jumped on them from the beginning,” said John Edman. “We wanted to redeem ourselves.”

The redemption Edman was referring to was for the first-round loss to the Crusaders exactly one day earlier.

“We were ahead of them (Mater Dei) 6-3 and gave up four runs in the seventh inning to lose it,” said Edman.

In that contest, Country Day was led by the play of Hughes (2-for-4, 1 run scored, 2 runs batted in), Rooke (2-for-3, 1 run scored), Tommy Edman (2-for-3, 1 home run, 1 run scored, 1 run batted in, 2 stolen bases), and senior J.T. Kelley (1-for-1, 2 runs batted in).