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By Steve Breazeale and Kevin Dahlgren
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Masciorini Reclaims Individual Tennis Championship
Dana Hills senior Chase Masciorini has been in the mix for the South Coast League tennis individual championship for the past three years.
The UC Santa Barbara commit burst onto the scene as a sophomore and won the coveted hardware. His junior season, he lost in the finals to the University of Oregon-bound Jayson Amos of El Toro.
On May 7, Masciorini returned to the winner’s circle with a 6-4, 6-0 win over San Clemente’s Michael Bott in the individual league finals.
Masciorini will compete in the CIF-SS Individual Championships May 29.
League Title in Reach for Dana Hills Baseball
The Dana Hills baseball team headed to San Clemente on May 7 with a Sea View League title at their fingertips. The Dolphins, who clinched at least a share of the league title with a win over San Juan Hills on May 2, needed only one more victory to secure an outright win of the league championship.
Standing in their way was Tritons junior starting pitcher Kolby Allard, who spun a complete game five-hitter in a 4-2 San Clemente victory.
The Tritons (21-7, 6-3 league) victory sets up a winner-take-all scenario for the May 9 rubber game between these two teams. If Dana Hills (22-6, 9-2) can win, they will clinch an outright league title. If the Tritons win, the two teams would be co-champions.
The Dolphins took an early 1-0 lead in the top of the first on a lead-off home run by junior Luke Williams, who leads the Sea View League in homers this season with four.
The Dolphins held a steady 1-0 lead through the first three innings, thanks in part to starting pitcher Marrick Crouse, who retired the first seven batters he faced to start the game.
Crouse worked himself into a bases loaded jam in the fourth inning following two singles and a throwing error. With the bases loaded and one out, Allard hit a sacrifice fly to left field, scoring Parker Ratelle from third, to tie the game at 1-1.
The Dolphins would take a 2-1 lead in the fifth inning on a sacrifice fly by Williams.
San Clemente answered again in the fifth inning, scoring three runs on two hits, two walks and a hit batter to take a 4-2 lead to end the scoring.
The two-run cushion was enough for Allard, who struck out nine Dolphins while issuing only two walks. The junior finished strong on the mound, retiring eight of the final nine batters he faced.—Kevin Dahlgren