Baseball advances out of Mission League and into playoffs
The Sierra Canyon baseball team had some uncertainty surrounding the program at the start of the season.
The Trailblazers graduated flamethrowers Jaden Noot (LSU) and Kassius Thomas (Duke). And the team would be competing in the rugged Mission League for the first time.
Tom Meusborn developed young arms like Brayden Charness and Caden Sramek.
The team finished in fourth place and gained an automatic bid to the Div. 1 playoffs next week.
It came down to the final week but Sierra Canyon knocked off Alemany twice in a 3-game set while St. Francis lost all three games it played against league champion Notre Dame.
Following a 3-2 setback in eight innings Monday to give St. Francis hope, the Trailblazers took care of business with 7-0 and 3-2 victories on Tuesday and Thursday, respectively.
Sramek went five innings on Tuesday giving up just four hits with six strikeouts.
Jonny Hagopian was solid in relief, throwing two innings and striking out three.
Oregon-bound Kehden Hettiger homered, doubled and had three RBI’s. Ethan Montes had three hits, including a double and three RBI’s.
Andrew Nelson had two hits while Omar Cisneros, Grant Werdesheim and Brady Hewitt all had one hit apiece.
Hettiger had a two-run home run Thursday and Montes went five innings for the win.
Jess Tarnol picked up the save.
Munoz had two hits, including a home run in Monday’s loss. Werdesheim tripled and had an RBI. Cisneros had three hits.
Sierra Canyon, as a fourth-place finisher in league, could face a top-4 ranked opponent on the road when pairings are released this weeknd.
A trip to Orange County to face Huntington Beach or JSerra is not out of the question