San Diego Prep Baseball : Mission Bay Wins, Clairemont Loses and the Western Is Tied Up Again

Chris Stokes and Sean Rees led the way Wednesday as Mission Bay High School beat Kearny, 9-2, to finish as Western League co-champion for the third consecutive year.

The fifth-ranked Buccaneers (8-2, 21-4) wound up tied with fourth-ranked Clairemont (8-2, 17-8) because the Chieftains lost Wednesday to University, 4-2.

The Bucs and Chiefs also finished as co-champs last year, when Clairemont went on to beat Mission Bay in the San Diego Section 2-A finals.


Stokes went 4 for 4 and drove in two runs at Kearny. Rees added two hits, including a three-run double that put Mission Bay ahead, 4-1, in the third inning. Enzo Rodriguez pitched the first six innings to notch his ninth win against two losses.

Kearny finished the season at 2-8 and 9-13.

Mission Bay and Clairemont will play Friday at a site to be determined by a coin toss today. The winner of the game will be the Western League’s top seed in the playoffs, and as such will play at home in the first round.

In other Western League games:

University 4, Clairemont 2--Mike Hillerman pitched a complete game, striking out six and allowing four hits, as the visiting Dons (4-6, 13-11) shattered the Chieftains’ plan to win the West outright.

University City 7, La Jolla 5--James Guerra hit a pinch-hit three-run home run in the fifth inning to lead the Centurions (6-4, 12-12) past the visiting Vikings (2-8, 2-19). Eric Bridge was the winning pitcher.

In the Eastern League:

Patrick Henry 4, Morse 1--Tim Edmonds hit a bases-loaded double in the bottom of the sixth inning to key a four-run uprising that gave the top-ranked Patriots (10-0, 20-1) a victory over the visiting Tigers (2-8, 10-14).

Mira Mesa 17, Pt. Loma 4--Pat Cheek had three hits and seven RBIs to lead the ninth-ranked Marauders (7-3, 15-6) past the visiting Pointers (4-6, 12-8). Among Cheek’s hits was a three-run home run in the second inning.

In the Central League:

Hoover 13, St. Augustine 4--Sam Aguirre had four hits and Sal Ceballos drove in three runs as the Cardinals (7-3, 13-9) beat the Saints (3-7, 4-20-1) at Colina del Sol to finish second in the Central standings. Aguirre pushed his batting average to .597 with his performance.

Christian 16, San Diego 2--Bill Donley had three hits and three RBIs and Steve Essick pitched a complete game for the Patriots (9-1, 14-7), who beat the visiting Cavers (0-10, 4-19) to notch their 11th win in their last 12 games. Jon Okken was 4 for 5 with two RBIs for the victors.

In the Grossmont League:

Granite Hills 14, Mt. Miguel 1--The second-ranked Eagles (13-2, 21-4) got home runs from Tim Harris and Kyle Robbins and took advantage of 14 walks by Mt. Miguel pitchers to beat the visiting Matadors (6-9, 9-15).

Monte Vista 13, El Cajon 3--Scott Paul hit a three-run home run to spark an eight-run first inning as the Monarchs (3-13, 6-18) beat the Braves (2-13, 3-18) at El Cajon. Ken Burdett pitched the first four innings to pick up the win.

Santana 13, Helix 9--The eighth-ranked Sultans (12-3, 19-6) had a 13-1 lead after five innings, only to see the Highlanders (9-6, 16-9) rally for eight runs in the sixth. Mike Hook pitched the first 6 innings to get the win. Jim Tatum hit a three-run homer for Santana.

Valhalla 2, Grossmont 0--Mark Warren pitched a two-hitter as the 10th-ranked Norsemen (11-4, 19-5) blanked the Foothillers (6-8, 10-13) at Grossmont.

In other action:

Crawford 8, Lincoln 3--Jim Rojas pitched a complete game and the Colts (6-4, 10-13) scored six runs in the third inning to beat the Hornets (5-5, 13-8-1) at Lincoln.