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Islander Baseball Receives No. 11 Seed In CIF Division II

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Posted: Wednesday, May 15, 2019 11:55 am

Last week the Islander Baseball Team (16-13-1) played twice, including yet another game against the Clairemont Chieftains, this time at home. The teams played four times this year with Clairemont winning three of the meetings, however the aggregate score of the four games was 9-9, which reflects how close the series was.

Head Coach Morgan Cummins said of last Tuesday’s game, “We faced a tough pitcher and he did a nice job of mixing speeds and keeping us off balance. We only struck out four times, but we had pop-ups and hit the ball at their defenders. We had just two hits on the day. Luke McCollough was outstanding. He pitched six innings, gave up four hits, one earned run and had 11 strikeouts. Jon Tessier did a nice job pitching in the seventh with a clean inning, which gave us a chance at the bottom of the seventh.”

Of note was the fact that Tuesday was also Senior Day with the program recognizing the efforts of nine seniors including: Owen Jackson, Sean Miley, Luke McCollough, Dylan Miller, Jared Pratt, Justin Robertson, Adam Sheehan, Jon Tessier and Bobby Zajonc. Cummins said, “Their graduating class has helped advance the program to the next level, accomplished a lot and they will be hard to replace. I’ll miss having them at the field.”

Thursday’s game at Mira Mesa had a different objective according to Cummins. “Our goal was to get everybody in the game, and we accomplished that. In that sense, it was a good thing and we had contributions from everybody. In the first inning we scored two runs on no hits. In the top of the fifth Pratt walked, and they threw a pick-off attempt down the line and Jared went to third. Kyle Phin had a nine-pitch at bat and the hit a 3-2 curveball up the middle to score a run that tied the game 3-3. In the top of the sixth, we were down 5-3 with two outs when Ryan Ward walked, and Heath Miller doubled to left-center to score Ryan from first. It was a big at-bat for Heath and he was the potential tying run, but we couldn’t get one more hit. Ward had a really good game as our leadoff hitter, drawing three walks and scoring two runs. He played the game the right way. Pratt scored the other two runs on two walks. RBIs in the game went to Heath Miller, Phin, Dylan Miller and Zajonc. Robertson started on the mound and threw two innings, giving up one hit and struck out two; Sheehan pitched a scoreless inning; Miley and Luke Meloche threw an inning each; Jackson faced one hitter; and Tessier finished the sixth inning.”

Tuesday the Islanders were scheduled to face Bonita Vista on the road in the CIF Division II Playoffs. Coronado is the No. 11 seed and Bonita Vista is No. 6 seed. The two teams played March 11, with the Barons prevailing 9-0. Cummins said, “We’ll have to play our best game to beat them. Our pitching is better, but their hitting is better, so we’ll see what tips the scales. We got the seed we deserved. With our talent, we could have been a Top 4 team, if we scored some runs when we could have.”

Coronado vs. Bonita Vista is a Division II Play-in game, and the losing team’s season is over. Should the Islanders win, they play Wednesday at No. 3 Sage Creek at 3:30 p.m. After the Play-in round, the CIF Baseball Tournament becomes a double elimination event.

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