Legit Lefties

Having seen them both multiple times now, in high school games and showcase settings it’s safe to say that you won’t find two better lefty pitchers in high school baseball. Stephen Gonsalves of Cathedral Catholic HS and Ian Clarkin of James Madison HS are as good as it gets at the prep level. Gonsalves is 4-0 this season with a 1.40 ERA and 22 k’s in 20 innings. He’s also added a 1.162 OPS at the plate as the Dons leadoff hitter. Clarkin is 2-2 with a 1.62 and 44 k’s in 22 1/3 innings. Clarkin sits at 90-93 with a devastating curveball out of his crouched delivery. Gonsalves is long and lanky at 6’5″ 200. His delivery is loose and comes naturally, intriguing scouts with the possibility of adding velocity in the future. I’d have trouble picking one over the other, but come June expect both to be selected in the middle of the 1st round of the MLB Draft and pass up their verbal commitments to the University of San Diego.

San Diego Postseason Basketball Awards and Final Top 10

San Diego Postseason Awards:

Player of the Year: Brynton Lemar—The UC-Davis bound point guard completed his prep career by leading the Saints to the D3 California State Championship.

1st Team:

  • Devin Watson-Army/Navy
  • Kameron Rooks– Mission Hills
  • Trey Kell– St. Augustine
  • Damonte Holiday– Hoover
  • Jeff Van Dyke– La Costa Canyon

2nd Team

  • Grant Corsi– Santa Fe Christian
  • Chiekh N’Diaye– Army/Navy
  • Izzy Wagner– Mt. Miguel
  • Ben Perez– San Marcos
  • Iman Chatman– Mater Dei Catholic

Freshman of the Year: TJ Leaf– Foothills Christian

Defensive Player of the Year: Brandon Michel– Cathedral Catholic

Coach of the Year: Tyrone Hopkins– Horizon

Postseason Top 10:

  1. St. Augustine
  2. Cathedral Catholic
  3. Mission Hills
  4. Hoover
  5. La Costa Canyon
  6. Army/Navy
  7. San Marcos
  8. Mater Dei Catholic
  9. Horizon
  10. El Camino

Baseball Top 10 after 2 weeks

Some big changes in the top 10 this week, La Jolla Country Day at 6-0 moves up to the #4 spot, while Grossmont, Carlsbad and Mira Mesa make their season debut in the top 10. Vista, a top 10 team nationally before the season has struggled starting the year 2-3, but their pitching depth should keep them competitive throughout the season.
  1. Cathedral Catholic
  2. Rancho Bernardo
  3. Granite Hills
  4. La Jolla Country Day
  5. Poway
  6. Grossmont
  7. Carlsbad
  8. St. Augustine
  9. Rancho Buena Vista
  10. Vista

CIF Championship Recap

Game Recaps:

D1 Final:

Mission Hills got started fast thanks to 22 points and 14 rebounds from California bound center Kameron Rooks and led El Camino by double digits almost the entire way en route to their first CIF Basketball title. Mission Hills won 52-42.

D2 Final:

La Costa Canyon led Hoover 16-8 after 1 quarter, but it was the Cardinal who took control after that. They outscored the Mavericks in each of the next 3 quarters and took home the D2 crown thanks to a big day from junior Tyrone Johnson. Hoover won 58-50.

D3 Final:

In their 4th meeting of the year, St. Augustine came out fast and never let up. Trey Kell and Brynton Lamar had huge games and the Saints were able to take down the Dons and secure the #1 seed in the D3 State Playoffs. Saints won 62-36.

D4 Final:

Mater Dei got out to a quick start thanks to juniors Iman Chatman and Spencer Vering and took a 27-22 lead into halftime over Army-Navy. The Warriors came back strong in the 2nd half led by Devin Watson and took down the Crusaders 56-50.

D5 Final:

Freshman TJ Leaf had a nice day stuffing the stat sheet totaling 8 points, 8 assists ,and 16 rebounds, but the Horizon duo of Markel Byrd and Darren Carrington was too athletic for the Knights. The teams started the weekend trend of poor shooting, combining for 4-31 from beyond the 3-point line. Horizon won 52-37