Yucaipa sent 13 batters to the plate and scored seven runs on six hits in the fifth inning of its 8-1 rout of No. 1-seeded Beckman in the Southern Section Division II baseball final Saturday at Cal State Fullerton.
Tyson Heaton pitched a six-hitter with three strikeouts and had three hits, and Michael Carpentier added two hits and two RBIs for Yucaipa (28-5), which won the title in its first season under head coach Ralph Grajeda.
Grajeda replaced longtime coach Jeff Stout, and the program is just beginning. Heaton is only a junior, and the Thunderbirds figure to be a Division I title contender next season.
Max Blessinger hit a three-run double in the fourth inning, and Will Downing and Dawson Netz combined to allow one hit in 6 2/3 innings of scoreless relief as top-seeded Maranatha beat La Salle 4-2 to win the Southern Section Division 3 championship at Cal State Fullerton on Saturday.
It was the 20th straight victory for the Minutemen (27-4), who won their first section title since back-to-back crowns in 2008 and 2009. Blessinger, Nick Iverson, Casey Popham and Sal Tabullo each had two hits for Maranatha.
Brennen Mace hit a two-run double in the first inning for La Salle (18-11).
Dons rally for 4-2 win over Carson in nine innings
Center fielder Dakota Gray of Verdugo Hills dropped a fly ball in the fourth inning at Dodger Stadium on Saturday in the City Section Division I championship game against Carson.
Five innings later, he went from experiencing embarrassment to exhilaration when he caught the final out with the bases loaded to give the Dons a 4-2, nine-inning victory that earned Verdugo Hills its first title in school history.
“I knew if I let my nerves get to me I’d miss it,” Gray said. “It was quite a rush. I had to have short-term memory.”