The Bonita Vista High School baseball team moved into a first-place tie with Mar Vista in the Metro-Mesa League with a 9-8 win Tuesday against Montgomery at Bonita Vista.
Montgomery scored a run in the top of the seventh inning to take an 8-7 lead, but the Barons countered with two runs in the bottom half for the win. Bonita Vista’s John Nelson started the winning rally with a lead-off double.
“John was out there waving his arms like (Garry) Templeton,” said Bonita Vista Coach John Gibbs, referring to last season’s National League playoffs when the Padre shortstop stirred the crowd. The results were similarly positive Tuesday.
Lance Jordan attempted to sacrifice Nelson to third base, but his bunt went for a single. Following a walk to load the bases, third baseman Jimmy Werner doubled home two runs to win the game.
Bonita Vista (6-2, 11-8) had 13 hits. Bonita Vista catcher Kenny Guyton was 2 for 4 with a home run and 3 RBIs and teammate Tony Bush raised his batting average to .496 after going 2 for 3. Montgomery dropped to 2-4-2, 9-7-2.
In other Metro League games:
Chula Vista 14, Coronado 13--The Spartans (6-1-1, 9-9-1) rallied for seven runs in the top of the seventh inning to defeat the Islanders and move into sole possession of first place in the Metro-South Bay League a half-game ahead of idle Hilltop. Mike McNally had a three-run home run for Coronado (1-6-1, 5-9-1).
Sweetwater 10, Castle Park 7--The Red Devils (5-3, 7-11) remained within one game of the Mesa leaders by defeating the Trojans (3-5, 7-11-1) at Castle Park.
Marian 4, Southwest 3--The Crusaders (2-6, 4-10) moved out of last place in the South-Bay League by defeating the Raiders (1-7, 2-13-1) at Southwest.
In the Avocado League:
San Pasqual 6, Ramona 1--The fifth-ranked Eagles (7-1, 16-2) scored six runs in the fifth inning to break a scoreless game at San Pasqual. Chris Portis and Todd Brose highlighted the rally with two-run singles. Robbie Adams (8-1) pitched a complete game and allowed the lone Ramona run in the seventh inning. Ramona fell to 2-5, 6-7.
San Marcos 9, Oceanside 1--Mike Ponio pitched a five-hitter to improve his record to 8-0 as the Knights (7-1, 14-5) beat the Pirates (2-6, 2-15) at Oceanside and remained tied for first place with San Pasqual. Keith Pollins and Steve Villalobos each drove in two runs to pace San Marcos’ 11-hit attack.
Carlsbad 10, El Camino 2--Warren Little pitched a complete-game four-hitter to lead the Lancers (3-5, 6-11) past the Wildcats (2-6, 5-14) at El Camino. Eric Bodman homered for Carlsbad.
In the Palomar League:
Mount Carmel 6, Orange Glen 0--Dave Schiesser pitched a five-hitter to improve his record to 8-1 and Todd Kingery contributed a two-run double to lead the seventh-ranked Sundevils (7-1, 14-6) past the the Patriots (3-4, 10-9-1) at Mount Carmel. The Sundevils stayed one game ahead of second-place Vista in league play with the win.
Vista 6, Torrey Pines 0--Roger Price pitched a six-hitter and Frank Wyant hit a three-run home run to highlight a five-run second-inning outburst to carry the Panthers (6-2, 13-5) past the Falcons (4-4, 9-11) at Vista.
Poway 10, San Dieguito 5--The Titans (3-5, 11-9) scored seven times in the second inning and went on to defeat the Mustangs (1-7, 4-15) at San Dieguito. Jeff Farrer picked up the win for Poway.
In a nonleague game:
Fallbrook 8, Escondido 2--Frank Butts hit a three-run double to highlight an eight-run fourth-inning explosion that carried the Warriors (12-9) past Escondido (8-11) at Fallbrook.