By Gideon Rubin
Sometimes the big innings come late, but they almost always seem to come eventually for Cathedral Catholic.
The Dons staged such outbursts on consecutive occasions as they moved closer to an Eastern League championship.
They scored four runs in the fifth inning to open up a five run lead in an 8-2 victory over St. Augustine on May 14.
Two days earlier, they trailed by one run going into their last at-bat in the top of the seventh inning when they staged a decisive five-run rally.
Sean Bouchard homered twice and had four hits and five RBI to lead the Dons in the St. Augustine game.
Giovanni Garbella added two hits.
Jonathan Pendergast, who was credited with the win, struck out three batters and allowed two runs on six hits and one walk in six innings.
Will Law had one hit and drove in two runs and Bouchard contributed a double, one RBI and two runs scored to lead the Dons in the Scripps Ranch game.
Connor Lunn, who was credited with the win, allowed two runs on five hits and four walks in six innings.
The Dons improved to 8-1 in league and 21-4 overall for the season.
Santa Fe Christian clinched a league championship and closed in on perfection with a 9-3 Coastal League South victory over Francis Parker on May 14.
With the victory, the Eagles moved to within two wins of a perfect league season.
Dillon Paulson led the Eagles offensively with two hits including a home run on five RBI.
Brian Blatnick contributed two hits and two RBI and Chase Bushor added two hits and two runs scored.
Cole Acosta, who was credited with the victory, struck out six batters and allowed three runs on five hits and four walks in 5 2/3 innings.
The Eagles improved to 8-0 in league and 19-5 overall for the season.
Canyon Crest Academy swept a Palomar League doubleheader against Torrey Pines on May 17.
The Ravens got stellar pitching in both games.
Trever Seltzer pitched a five-hit shutout to lead the Ravens to a 1-0 victory in the first game and Dylan Gargas’ six-hit shutout highlighted a 4-0 victory in the second game.
The Ravens won the first game in their last at-bat in the bottom of the seventh inning, scoring the game’s only run when Brandon Smith doubled in Jacob Gotta.
Torrey Pines lost despite a great pitching effort from Pete Mitchell, who struck out seven batters and allowed one run on five hits and one walk in 6 1/3 innings.
Cole Klemke contributed two hits for the Falcons.
Riley Adams had three hits and Gotta drove in two runs to lead the Ravens offensively in the second game.
The Ravens improved to 5-6 in league and 11-13 overall for the season.
The Falcons fell to 3-10 in league and 12-15 overall for the season.
San Diego Jewish Academy lost to Escondido Charter 7-6 in a Coastal League South game on May 13.
The Lions fell to 1-7 in league and 5-12 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic completed a perfect Western League season as the Dons trounced University City 14-1 in a regular season finale for both teams on May 14.
Sarai Niu had four hits including two doubles and drove in three runs to lead the Dons offensively.
Hannah Gilliland added two hits, two RBI and three runs scored.
Devyn Magnett, who was credited with the victory, struck out three batters and allowed one run on eight hits and one walk in seven innings.
The Dons improved to 12-0 in league and 24-2 overall for the season.
Canyon Crest Academy defeated Poway 11-8 in an Open Division playoff semifinal on May 17.
Katie Carlson scored four goals to lead the Ravens and Paige Weinstein added two goals and one assist.
Rayna Higuchi contributed one goal and two assists and Alexa Carter and Emma Normoyle each added two goals.
The Ravens improved their overall record for the season to 18-2.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Carlsbad 16-8 in a Division I semifinal playoff game.
Kira Williamson scored four goals to lead the Dons and Margaret Moll, Samantha Herrick and Devon Doheny each added three goals.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 15-4.
Torrey Pines lost to La Costa Canyon 16-6 in an Open Division playoff semifinal on May 17.
The Falcons fell to 8-13 overall for the season.