By Steve Breazeale and Kevin Dahlgren
Baseball Playoff Run Ends in Quarterfinals
After a run that saw them capture the Sea View League title and advance to the quarterfinals of the CIF-SS Division 2 Championships, the Dana Hills baseball team’s season came to an end on June 30 in a walk-off loss.
The No. 2 seeded Dolphins gave up a seventh-inning RBI single to Temecula Valley’s Alec Garrett, which put the home-team Golden Bears up for good, 2-1.
Dana Hills faced a tough matchup against the Golden Bears, who entered Friday’s contest ranked third in the CIF-SS Division 2 rankings.
Golden Bears starting pitcher Brandon Koch (8-1, 0.69 ERA) entered the game riding a streak of 36 innings pitched without allowing an earned run, a mark that began back on March 25.
Dana Hills’ Reid Lundeen started off the top of the second inning with a double to left-center field and scored one batter later on a single by senior Kayman Koen to give the Dolphins an early 1-0 lead. The Golden Bears quickly tied the game in the bottom of the second inning on an RBI single by Garrett that scored Mitch Kemp from second base.
Dolphins starting pitcher Louis Raymond matched Koch pitch-for-pitch on the day, allowing only two hits through the first six innings.
With the game tied 1-1, Raymond took the mound in the bottom of the seventh inning looking to send the game to extras. Kemp singled for Temecula Valley and, following a sacrifice bunt by Samari Buchanan, Garrett stepped up to the plate with the winning run on second base. Garrett ended the Dolphins season with a ground ball single that scored Kemp.
“Raymond pitched a great game but we missed some opportunities. We had the bases loaded and couldn’t come through with a hit. We failed on a bunt play that would have moved a runner into scoring position,” Dana Hills head coach Tom Faris said. “We should have won this ballgame, but came up just a little bit short. Our expectations were high all year and we felt like this team could really do something special and they did.”
The Dolphins set several school records over the course of the season. The team had the best overall record (26-8), most hits (292), runs scored (176), RBIs (144), team ERA (2.05) and stolen bases (74).
Dana Hills will return 11 players to the varsity level in 2015.—Kevin Dahlgren
Feagler Tees it Up at CIF State Regional
Dana Hills sophomore Clay Feagler competed at the CIF/SCGA Southern California Regional Championship at Brookside Golf Club on June 2, carding an 18-hole total of 75 (+3). Feagler’s score earned him a t-29 finish at the elite postseason event.
Feagler had an up and down front-nine at Brookside, tallying two birdies, two bogeys and one double bogey on the par-4 seventh hole for a total of 38 (+2). His back-nine 37 (+1) featured eight pars and one bogey. Had Feagler finished inside the top-9, he would have advanced to the state championship.
Feagler advanced to the tournament after winning the CIF-SS Southern Division Individual Championships and making the cut at the CIF-SS Individual Championships.—Steve Breazeale