Baseball (13-7) edged out Poway High School (13-7) 2-1 in the second game of a doubleheader after coming off a 3-1 loss in the first game.
“Today, in the first game of the doubleheader, it was just a tight game the whole way through, but we came up short 3-1,” pitching coach Chris Possemato said. “So we’re just trying to win, at least not get swept in the series.”
The Titans failed to get on the board in the first. Two hitters each flied out to right field and third flied out one to center.
The Falcons duplicated that in the bottom half of the frame with three fly ball outs.
Poway failed to score in the second inning either.
“I just can’t say enough about the job that [pitcher] Josh Sidney did,” head coach Kirk McCaskill said.
In the bottom of the inning, Ben McCaskill (11) walked, but the Falcons were unable to capitalize on the baserunner.
Two fly outs and a strikeout were all the Titans could manage in the top of the third, returning the bat to the Falcons. Jake Boone (11) walked, but a double play by the Titans kept the Falcons off the scoreboard going into the fourth.
The lead-off batter in the Titans’ fourth bunted his way on base and a ground ball to left field put runners at first and third. On a fly to left, the runner at third scored and advanced the lead runner to second base, before a ground ball double play ended the frame.
James Rutledge (12) led off the Falcons’ fourth with a fly ball double and Will Livingston (12) doubled again, scoring Rutledge to get the Falcons on the board.
In the fifth, Poway put its sole runner on first, who then took second on a bunt and third on a long fowl ball but failed to score.
Adam Katz (12) hit a pop fly that dropped then moved to second on a bunt, but the Falcons could not convert and ended the inning by stranding Katz.
A strikeout and two fly ball outs ended the top of the sixth for Poway. Next, Rutledge homered in the lead-off spot.
“I was just trying to hit something hard and give us a good chance to win, and the ball went over,” Rutledge said.
The Falcons worked hard to expand their advantage, with Tino Capozzoli pinch running for Kyle Hurt (11) after Hurt walked. Evan Trausch (12) was hit by a pitch, and a bunt by Ben McCaskill could have loaded the bases, but Capozzoli was tagged between second and third. A fly ball out and a strikeout ended the Falcon rally.
“I think we figured out their pitcher at a certain point, and we exposed his weakness,” Sidney said.
The Titans put up a fight in their last at bat; a single, a double and a walk loaded bases with only one out, but a strikeout and a fly out ended the game 2-1.
“They’re a very good hitting ball club — probably the best in the county, hitting-wise,” Sidney said.
“Pitching on both sides was very [good], the hitting was good, [but] it was tough hitting into this wind,” Poway Head Coach Bob Parry said. “Torrey’s defense was a major factor in this game as well.”
Overall, strong hitting and effective defense from the Falcons got them the win, TPHS Head Coach Kirk McCaskill said.
“James has done that a couple of times now; I think that’s his second or his third game-winning home run,” Kirk McCaskill said.
The Falcons played their next game at home against Mount Carmel on April 27, after the Falconer went to press.