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Islander Baseball Splits A Pair Of Games Last Week

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Posted: Friday, May 10, 2019 10:50 am

As the regular season winds down for the Islander Baseball Team (16-11-1 overall, 4-6 in the Eastern League) they split their two games last week, which included a 5-4 win at Serra and a 11-2 home loss to Clairemont. Islander Head Coach Morgan Cummins described the action at Serra. “It was a well-played game by us and it’s never easy to walk out of Serra with a win. We scored one or two runs at a time. In the second inning, Jon Tessier had a good two-strike at-bat and put the ball in play and reached on an error. Caden Sutherland reached on another error and we had men on first and second. Jared Pratt hit a line drive to center for a sacrifice fly. We’ve been coaching productive at-bats with less than two outs and it was nice for Pratt, a senior, to help us plate a run without a base hit.

“In the fourth, Dylan Miller hit a double to left, reached third on a wild pitch and Ryan Ward singled to get him home. Serra scored in the bottom of the third to tie the game and we got the lead right back. Then in the sixth, Kyle Phin walked, Dylan Miller laid down a sacrifice bunt, Bobby Zajonc had a base hit up the middle to score Phin and Bobby went to second on the throw to the plate. Ward flied out to right field and Zajonc advanced to third on a good baserunning play. Then Bobby scored on a wild pitch. It was great base running and a heads-up play.”

The Islanders added an insurance run in the seventh on a Heath Miller single to center, a walk to Tobey Brown, Phin was hit by a pitch, and Dylan Miller singled to right. Cummins said, “Tobey was hurt on the play and he rolled his ankle badly. He will be out two to three weeks with an ankle sprain. He might be able to be a designated hitter by the Playoffs. It was a weird play. We got one more run, which was big because we won by just one run.”

In the meantime, senior Luke McCollough was competing on the mound. Cummins said of McCollough’s pitching effort against Serra, “They had the bases loaded in the fifth and nobody out. He only gave up one run in that inning. He came up with pitches when he needed to. That showed he competed and came up with big pitches. Heath Miller pitched a clean sixth inning and the seventh inning was a little interesting. They scored two runs to make it 5-4 and they had the tying run on first with two outs. Heath got a strikeout to end the game. He attacked guys, stayed composed and finished the game.”

Against Point Loma, with Brown out due to injury, Cummins moved freshman second baseman Ryan Ward to third and junior Kanon Billings took over at second base. Cummins said, “It was a good game until the fifth inning. They scored an unearned run in the second to take the lead and then we gave up a homer to make it 2-0. We cut it to 2-1 in the bottom of the fourth. In the fifth, we had what could have been a shutdown inning get away from us. They had a runner on third with two outs and their best hitter at the plate. We intentionally walked him, and their No. 3 hitter hit a double and they added two runs later to make it 6-1. Senior Owen Jackson got to pitch and compete for us. Even though the game got a little bit out of hand, Adam Sheehan came in to pitch with two outs and runners in scoring position. He closed out the top of the fifth inning. Jared Pratt was the guy that day, going 2-3, with two runs scored and a homer. It was a no-doubter in the sixth inning, and it was his third homer of the year.”

The post-season playoff picture is becoming a little clearer. Cummins said a couple of wins this week would allow Coronado to take second place in the Eastern League standings. Point Loma has already won the league title. Cummins added, “Our spot in Division II is fluctuating between No. 8 and No. 10, with 12 teams qualifying for the CIF Playoffs. We would probably have a road game against a good team. If the season ended today, we would play Otay Ranch. The top four teams in Division II all have 20 wins. We can pitch with anybody and if we score some runs, we can survive. We just need to get hot at the right time.” This week Coronado hosts Clairemont Tuesday for Senior Day. Thursday Coronado travels to face Mira Mesa and both games are scheduled for 3:30 p.m. starts.

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