By Gideon Rubin
In what turned out to be a test of pitching wills, Santa Fe Christian proved itself to be up for the challenge.
Nolan Gannon and John Gamble combined for a two-hit shutout to lead the Eagles to a 1-0 nonleague victory over Otay Ranch on April 10 in a game that went 10 innings.
The duo combined for 16 strikeouts and Josh Estill doubled and scored the game’s only run to help the Eagles get back on track after losing two of their previous three games.
Gannon, who started, struck out 12 batters and allowed two hits and two walks in seven innings.
Gamble, who got the win, struck out four batters and allowed two walks in three innings in which he allowed no hits.
The Eagles improved their overall record for the season to 13-4.
Torrey Pines opened Palomar League with a loss at the hands of Rancho Bernardo, but the Falcons bounced back, exacting a measure of revenge with two wins to take the best-of-three series.
Torrey Pines defeated Rancho Bernardo 6-4 on April 10, a day after the Falcons were dealt a 2-0 loss in their league opener. They defeated Rancho Bernardo 6-0 in the April 12 rubber game.
Reed Mason and Chad Thurston each had two hits including a double to lead the Falcons in the April 10 victory.
Luc Rennie pitched a two-hit shutout to lead the Falcons two days later. Rennie struck out five batters and allowed no walks.
Mason led the Falcons offensively, going 2 for 3 with a homer and two RBI.
The Falcons were held to one hit in the series opener.
Brock Larson turned in a solid pitching performance in defeat for the Falcons. He struck out eight batters in six innings, allowing two runs on two hits and three walks.
Cody Sheppard had the Falcons’ only hit in the game.
The Falcons improved their overall record for the season to 14-3-1.
Canyon Crest Academy lost to Del Norte 7-6 in a Valley League game on April 12.
Austin Kay had two hits including a double and three RBI Sameer Jafri added two hits and two runs scored in defeat for the Ravens.
CCA fell to 0-2 in league and 2-13 overall for the season.
After a dreadful start, Cathedral Catholic has turned its season around.
The Dons, who lost six of their first eight games, have now won nine straight.
Their most recent victory was an 8-2 win against Clairemont in a Western League game on March 10.
Whitney Voelker and Tierra Falo each homered to lead the Dons.
Falo pitched 5 2/3 innings of three-hit ball for the win.
The Dons improved to 3-1 in league and 11-6 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic lost to Poway 2-1 (25-19, 11-25, 15-13) in the finals of the Scripps Ranch tournament on April 14.
Nick Supple had 11 kills in defeat for the Dons and Kyle Bass added eight kills.
Torrey Pines lost to Westview 3-1 (25-10, 25-18, 24-26, 25-18) in a Palomar League game on April 10.
Jake Reeves had 17 kills and 15 assists to lead the Falcons, and Emerson Yee contributed 19 assists.
The Falcons fell to 1-3 in league and 9-7 overall for the season.
Cathedral Catholic defeated Boca Raton (Fla.) 14-13 in a nonleague game on April 11.
Chandler Ramsey scored five goals and had two assists, and Chelsea Mapes contributed three goals to lead the Dons.
Courtney Place added two goals and two assists, and Dons goalie Marie McDonald-Hulen had 12 saves.
The Dons improved their overall record for the season to 6-5.
•Former Torrey Pines standout Joey DeNato has continued to excel at the collegiate level.
DeNato is a sophomore at Indiana, where he has emerged as one of the Big 10 Conference’s top pitching prospects.
Through his first nine starts he is 5-1 with a 2.54 ERA.
In his most recent game, DeNato allowed two runs in seven innings in a 3-2 IU victory over Michigan State on April 14.
•Former San Diego Jewish Academy standout Michael Fagan is a sophomore at Princeton, where he is 1-1 with a 5.96 ERA.
Fagan, who was selected by the San Diego Padres in the 45th round of the 2010 Major League Baseball amateur draft, is the school’s only player ever to be drafted.