Kearny High School has one of the better hitting baseball teams in San Diego County. But the Komets' opponents tend to have their better hitting games against Kearny.
"Our weak point is definitely pitching," said Kearny Coach Steve Soldi. "We're going to have to score a dozen runs to win games."
Soldi's comments seemed on target Saturday afternoon when Kearny had 28 hits in two games but could earn only a split in the Goodman/Pirate tournament at Carlsbad High.
The Komets had 17 hits in an 11-5 victory against Carlsbad in game one, but they lost, 11-8 in eight innings, to Point Loma in the championship game. In the second game Kearny led 8-3 entering the seventh inning, but Point Loma (4-1) rallied for five runs.
Catcher Alan Ford had three hits and three RBIs, and first baseman Parry Moss drove in three runs with a first-inning home run for Kearny (4-1). Greg Hedgecoth added two hits and two RBIs. David Portugal (3-0) was the winner. Chris Bye had a triple, two singles and three RBIs for the Komets.
In other action:
Point Loma 2, El Camino 1--The Pointers scored in the eighth to beat El Camino in the opening round of the Goodman/Pirate tournament. The Wildcats later beat Carlsbad, 9-4, in a third-round game. Mike Knudson went 4 for 4 and Ernie Spears was 3 for 3 and had 2 RBIs for El Camino (3-2).
Mar Vista 9, Hoover 8--The Mariners, who scored four of their runs in the fifth inning, had only five hits in the victory, which gave them third place in the Mutual of New York Tournament. Mendivil Manuel (2-0) was the winner for the Mariners (5-1).
Granite Hills 4, Mission Bay 0--Right-hander Fred Helm allowed four hits and struck out 12, as the Eagles won the Hilltop/Moose Tournament. Bryan Schwartz had two hits and two RBIs for Granite Hills (5-1). The Buccaneers are 4-2.
Hilltop 11, Grossmont 10--A single by left fielder Bryan Tompkins in the seventh inning scored Todd Pratt and gave the Lancers third in their tournament. Paul Romano drove in three runs for Hilltop, and Tyler Ackerson added two hits and two RBIs. It was Gary Fessia's third consecutive victory for the Lancers (5-1).