San Diego County Prep Baseball : City Eastern Teams Can't Wait to Play

While every other San Diego County high school baseball league begins play by the end of the week, the City Eastern League must wait a couple of weeks.

Since the teams are waiting, the coaches in the league decided to play an in-league preseason tournament. In games Monday, Pt. Loma beat Patrick Henry, 9-1, while Serra beat Mira Mesa, 10-7.

Pt. Loma 9, Patrick Henry 1--Chris Reading pitched a complete-game eight-hitter and Rigo Beltrand hit a three-run home run in the third inning to lead the Pointers (9-2) at Pt. Loma. Beltrand's home run capped a five-run rally that gave Pt. Loma a 7-0 lead. Pat Evenson had three hits and three RBIs. Danny Talman and Larry Jackel each had two hits for Patrick Henry (7-2).

Serra 10, Mira Mesa 7--The Marauders (7-7) made two of their five errors in the fourth inning to allow the Conquistadors (11-2) to score three runs and break the game open, 7-3. Serra' Beto Rodriguez was 3 for 5 with a single and a RBI, and Kim Finn was 2 for 3 with two RBIs. Ronnie Lardizabal (3-2) went the distance, despite giving up 13 hits and five earned runs. Essex Burton was 4 for 4 for the Marauders.

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