Wednesday, June 13, 2012


Despite some heroics from junior James L’esperance, the Rock Academy Warriors (23-5-1) suffered a tough 8-4 defeat to the Calvary Christian Lions in the championship game of the C.I.F. San Diego Section Division V Baseball Playoffs.

Calvary Christian was cruising right along with a 5-1 cushion when L’esperance launched a three-run homer.

That cut the Lion lead to 5-4 in the top half of the third inning.

Unfortunately for the Rock Academy, that’s as close as they would come as Calvary Christian base runners would cross home plate three more times to help the Lions pull away for the victory.

Prior to that, the Warriors had blanked the Christian Patriots 3-0 to reach the title game.

In that encounter, junior pitcher Deandre Simpson went the distance for the Rock Academy, striking out seven and allowing only five Patriots to reach base safely (three base hits, two bases on balls).

Meanwhile, junior Andrew Brown (two-for-four, two doubles, run batted in, stolen base, two runs scored), sophomore Michael Martinez (two-for-two, run batted in), and junior Adam Taylor (two-for-four), anchored the Warrior offensive attack against Christian.

In a previous contest, L’esperance led the Rock Academy to a 15-0 victory over the Lutheran Knights while on the pitching mound, throwing a no-hitter and striking out 11 in the process.

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