By Steve Breazeale
The dog days of summer are still months away but that doesn’t mean the San Clemente junior varsity baseball team wasn’t hard at work in the month of November.
Running the slate in an Orange County high school baseball tournament is not an easy thing to do, but from November 23 to November 25, the Tritons did just that, going 5-0 to win the Cory Lidle Tournament in West Covina.
After winning their first four games, two of which were against highly-touted opponents Bishop Gorman and Orange Lutheran, the Tritons faced Ayala in the championship match on November 25. It took two extra innings for San Clemente to eventually walk away with a 4-3 victory. With Ayala leading 3-2 in the bottom of the seventh inning, the Tritons came back to tie, which forced the extra frames. In the bottom of the ninth inning and with a man on second base, a Triton single into left field brought home the winning run and the tournament hardware.
The San Clemente junior varsity baseball team is: Alex Kline, Parker Ratelle, Matt Garritson, Matt Moore, Jake Feiner, Dylan Riddle Connor Sealey, Tyler Ankrom, Chris Puckett, Eric Blaes, Andrew Sim, Rhys Evans, Nick Anderson, Tanner Lawson and Jack Seeburger. Ron Payne and Jake Furmanski coached the team.