Islander Take Series Over Chieftains ...

First baseman Harley Harrington awaits the throw from pitcher Tony Miley in a team effort to pick off the runner during recent baseball action.

With just four games left in the 2022 Islanders baseball season, every game feels like a must-win as the boys in green and white march closer to CIF Playoffs. Winners of six of their last eight, the Islanders looked to stay locked in this past week for their series vs. the Chiefs of Clairemont High School. 

For the first game of their series, head coach Morgan Cummins would send Taylor Werth to the bump to try to silence Clairemont’s bats. Werth would put forth a strong effort as he would hurl five innings of a three-run ball on five hits while striking out three. 

While Werth did his job on the mound, the Islanders did their best to provide him with some run support as they tacked on two early runs thanks to an RBI fielder’s choice from Ryan Ward to score Tony Miley in the first. And in the second, Shane Cannon would score on an error to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead. Coronado would tack on one more run in the 4th as well after an RBI fielder’s choice by Tommy Dull would score Aidan Ramirez to make it a 3-1 game heading to the 5th. 

However, the Islanders would not be able to hold their lead in the latter innings as Clairemont would end up winning the game in walk-off fashion thanks to a pair of two-run homers in the bottom of the 5th to tie it 3-3 and a walk-off homer to win it 5-3 to take first of the three-game set. 

While game one did not go as the Islanders had hoped, they quickly turned things around for game two. The Islanders would come out swinging by scoring three runs in 3rd thanks to an RBI double by Chance Pettit, an RBI single by Harley Harrington, and an RBI single by Dylan Noble. 

The Islanders enjoyed hanging three on the board so much in the 3rd that they decided to do it again in the 4th. Coronado’s first three batters of the inning, Patch Moore, Ward, and Miley, would reach via walk. Then Harrington would step up and plate one, thanks to Clairemont. Then Noble would come in clutch again and line an RBI single to the left, scoring Miley. The inning’s final run would then come via a steal of home by Ward to make it a 6-1 ballgame. 

With the six-run cushion, Islanders starter Max Murray has all he would need to carry the Islanders the rest of the way on the mound. The right-handers would twirl a certified gem going six innings, allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out 10, adding yet another dominant start to what has already been an impressive 2022 season.

Noble would toe the rubber for the final inning and work a quick 1-2-3 inning striking out two and closing the book on the Islander’s 6-2 victory in game two. 

For the 3rd and final game of the three-game set, the Islanders would head back to Clairemont, looking to get some revenge for their loss in game one of the series. 

In their return to Clairemont, the Islander’s offensive would explode. Coronado would tally 13 runs on 14 hits, with Miley, Ward, Cannon, and Moore recording a multi-hit game. A bulk of the Islander’s runs would come in the top of the 4th thanks to a pair of two-run doubles from Miley and Ward and a pair of runners scoring on past balls. But the biggest blow of the afternoon would come off the bat of Ward in the top half of the 5th. After three straight hits from Cannon, Moore and Miley to load the bases, Ward would work a 10-pitch at-bat that would end with the Islander short-stop sending a 3-2 fastball way over the right-field fence for a Grand Slam to make it a 12-0 game. 

But it was not just the Coronado offense that put on a show on the mound; JT Nelson followed up his complete-game shutout from last week vs. UC with another high-quality start vs. Clairemont. The crafty right-hander tossed six efficient innings allowing just two runs on six hits while keeping hitters off-balance with the mix of his fastball and change up.  

With the combo of elite pitching and elite offense, the Islanders would take home the 13-3 victory and take the series. 

The Islander’s record now sits at 13-11 with an eastern league record of 5-4. Coronado baseball will return to action this week for another three-game series vs. Christian High School in what will be their final regular-season series of the year.

by Clarke Fahrenthold

With just four games left in the 2022 Islanders baseball season, every game feels like a must-win as the boys in green and white march closer to CIF Playoffs. Winners of six of their last eight, the Islanders looked to stay locked in this past week for their series vs. the Chiefs of Clairemont High School. 

For the first game of their series, head coach Morgan Cummins would send Taylor Werth to the bump to try to silence Clairemont’s bats. Werth would put forth a strong effort as he would hurl five innings of a three-run ball on five hits while striking out three. 

While Werth did his job on the mound, the Islanders did their best to provide him with some run support as they tacked on two early runs thanks to an RBI fielder’s choice from Ryan Ward to score Tony Miley in the first. And in the second, Shane Cannon would score on an error to give the Islanders a 2-1 lead. Coronado would tack on one more run in the 4th as well after an RBI fielder’s choice by Tommy Dull would score Aidan Ramirez to make it a 3-1 game heading to the 5th. 

However, the Islanders would not be able to hold their lead in the latter innings as Clairemont would end up winning the game in walk-off fashion thanks to a pair of two-run homers in the bottom of the 5th to tie it 3-3 and a walk-off homer to win it 5-3 to take first of the three-game set. 

While game one did not go as the Islanders had hoped, they quickly turned things around for game two. The Islanders would come out swinging by scoring three runs in 3rd thanks to an RBI double by Chance Pettit, an RBI single by Harley Harrington, and an RBI single by Dylan Noble. 

The Islanders enjoyed hanging three on the board so much in the 3rd that they decided to do it again in the 4th. Coronado’s first three batters of the inning, Patch Moore, Ward, and Miley, would reach via walk. Then Harrington would step up and plate one, thanks to Clairemont. Then Noble would come in clutch again and line an RBI single to the left, scoring Miley. The inning’s final run would then come via a steal of home by Ward to make it a 6-1 ballgame. 

With the six-run cushion, Islanders starter Max Murray has all he would need to carry the Islanders the rest of the way on the mound. The right-handers would twirl a certified gem going six innings, allowing just two runs on five hits while striking out 10, adding yet another dominant start to what has already been an impressive 2022 season.

Noble would toe the rubber for the final inning and work a quick 1-2-3 inning striking out two and closing the book on the Islander’s 6-2 victory in game two. 

For the 3rd and final game of the three-game set, the Islanders would head back to Clairemont, looking to get some revenge for their loss in game one of the series. 

In their return to Clairemont, the Islander’s offensive would explode. Coronado would tally 13 runs on 14 hits, with Miley, Ward, Cannon, and Moore recording a multi-hit game. A bulk of the Islander’s runs would come in the top of the 4th thanks to a pair of two-run doubles from Miley and Ward and a pair of runners scoring on past balls. But the biggest blow of the afternoon would come off the bat of Ward in the top half of the 5th. After three straight hits from Cannon, Moore and Miley to load the bases, Ward would work a 10-pitch at-bat that would end with the Islander short-stop sending a 3-2 fastball way over the right-field fence for a Grand Slam to make it a 12-0 game. 

But it was not just the Coronado offense that put on a show on the mound; JT Nelson followed up his complete-game shutout from last week vs. UC with another high-quality start vs. Clairemont. The crafty right-hander tossed six efficient innings allowing just two runs on six hits while keeping hitters off-balance with the mix of his fastball and change up.  

With the combo of elite pitching and elite offense, the Islanders would take home the 13-3 victory and take the series. 

The Islander’s record now sits at 13-11 with an eastern league record of 5-4. Coronado baseball will return to action this week for another three-game series vs. Christian High School in what will be their final regular-season series of the year.

VOL. 112, NO. 18 - May 4, 2022

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