Braeden Ross
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SAN DIEGO, CA - With rain glooming over San Diego County early in the week, the San Diego-Section was forced to push games to the later part of the week. Fortunately, the rain came to a halt and I was able to get to a couple of games this week on Wednesday and Friday. Talent was on full display in both games, and below are some details and recaps of both games including player standouts and highlights.

3/22/23 - Christian @ Francis Parker

The Patriots from Christian High School traveled west for a game under the lights at Francis Parker High School. The Christian High Patriots (6-1) flaunt a lineup with two Division-1 commits including the brand new San Diego State recruit '24 Xavier Farnum, and the stud two-way player '23 Vaughn Major (UCSB)



'23 Shane Bailey and '23 Hunter Kaul are also great pieces for the Patriots, who are committed to Western Oregon and Biola, respectively. The Lancers of Francis Parker (5-4) also showed Division-1 commit '25 Ben “Trey” Gudoy, who is committed to UCLA. Gudoy stood out on Wednesday night, logging 2 loud base-hits including a double. 


'24 Ashton Mccurty got the start for the Patriots going 5.0 innings, only giving up 3 hits and striking out 5 batters. The Patriots took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first inning, thanks to a Hunter Kaul sac-fly, and never looked back.



Shane Bailey hit a two-run homer in the top of the second inning after a 2-out walk, and a Xavier Farnum RBI single made it 4-0 Patriots after two. Christian would tally two-runs in the 4th, one-run in the 5th, 6th, and 7th for a total of 9 runs. 


For the Lancers, their runs would come in the Bottom of the 6th off of a Sacrifice Fly by Sam Smith, and an RBI- Single from Julian Custer. The Patriots will look to improve on their promising season against Del Norte on Tuesday 3/28 while the Lancers will look to bounce back against Maranatha Christian on Monday 3/27. 

3/24/23 - Steele Canyon @ Eastlake

The Steele Canyon Cougars (6-5) traveled down South for an inter-conference battle with the Eastlake Titans (8-1). The Titans don a lineup with '23 Isaiah Lane (Oklahoma commit), and '23 Nico Libed (USD commit).

The Cougars also have their own 4-year college prospect in catcher '23 Tommy Molina, who is committed to Point Loma Nazarene, and the quickly-emerging LHP '23 Branden Jackel, who recently pitched a complete-game against the vaunted St. Augustine lineup.

The Cougars would only have four hits on the day, two of them coming from their senior catcher Molina. Eastlake’s '24 Noah Betanco had three hits on the day, including an RBI-single in the Bottom of the 1st inning totaling a 2-run inning for the Titans.




Then, in the bottom of the second, Isaiah Lane hit an RBI Double to CF to extend Eastlake’s lead to 3-0. '24 Jeremiah Vargas would log an RBI-Double in the Bottom of the 3rd, and he would later score on an error to make this a 5-0 game for the Titans.



The scoring would end in the Bottom of the 4th after a Lane walk, and a Nico Libed RBI-Double down the left-field line.

On the mound for the Titans, '24 Jake Davis went 5 innings only allowing 3-hits while showing impeccable command giving up 0-walks. Also tallied 4 strikeouts on the day.

The Titans take on the Olympian High School Eagles on Monday 3/27, while the Cougars look to bounce back against Santana High School on Tuesday 3/28.


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Rising Stars ID: Bay Area CA 04/23 College of San Mateo
SoCal Rising Stars Game CA 05/21 Cerritos College 
CA FUTURE GAMES TRYOUT CA 06/03 Fullerton College
NorCal ProCase CA 06/04 Chabot College - Hayward
SoCal-NV-AZ-ProCase CA 06/04 University of Southern California - Dedeaux Field
NorCal Rising Stars Game CA 06/06 Islanders Field (morning)
Team CA Future Games ID CA 06/06 Islanders Field (afternoon/early evening)
Bay Area State Gamess Open ID CA 06/14 College of San Mateo
OC State Games Open ID CA 07/11 Hart Park