The Justin Siena baseball team, two days after falling 8-6 to visiting Hayward power Moreau Catholic, opened Marin County Athletic League play with a 9-1 loss to perennial league and section contender San Marin on Monday in Novato.
The Braves (2-2-1 overall) held an early 1-0 advantage in the top of the fourth inning after Luigi Albano-Dito plated Dominic Moore on an RBI groundout. However after dominating the first three innings, sophomore Nolan Dunkle pitched himself into trouble in the bottom of the fourth and was made to pay when a Mustang batter belted a monster grand slam into left-center field.
“We won the first half of the game and they won the second,” Justin-Siena head coach Jeremy Tayson said. “Our small mistakes are that of commission, which is a good thing. We continue to hit into bad luck, right at guys, but the tide will turn there. We are learning from it all. Our time will come. This is a good group of guys.”
On Saturday, things looked good against Moreau Catholic after Albano-Dito led off the game with a triple and was driven in with a Tommy Lopez sacrifice fly. But the Mariners came roaring back with two runs in the third, two in the fourth, one in the sixth and three in the seventh for an 8-2 lead.
The Braves surmounted an improbable comeback in the seventh, plating four runs before leaving the bases loaded.
“We were a little too flat today, and a team like Moreau Catholic will make you pay,” Tayson said. “Taken as a whole, our preseason has been a very positive one, with us playing strong against some quality Division 3 opponents. That will do us well in league.”
Offensively, the Braves were paced by Albano-Dito (2 for 4, triple, two runs), Asher Sutter (2 for 4, triple, RBI, run), Dunkle (hit, RBI), Garrett Hagberg (single) and Dominic Moore (single).
Dan Clark Tourney awards
The 52nd annual Dan Clark Tournament was played at Justin-Siena High School’s Clark Gym. The eighth-grade tournament, sponsored by St. John the Baptist Catholic School, had 12 boys teams and 10 girls teams.
The winners and awards:
Spirit Award: St. Vincent and St. John’s Catholic.
Sportsmanship: Zoey Petrie (Harvest-girls), Jake Laron (St. Vincent-boys).
Girls Team Awards: Girls: first, St. Apollinaris; second, American Canyon; third, St. John’s Lutheran; consolation, St. Helena Montessori.
Boys Team Awards: first, American Canyon; second, St. John’s Lutheran; third, Redwood; consolation, St. Vincent.
Hot Shot: Izzy Campos, Holy Spirit-girls; Liam Alexander, St. John’s Lutheran-boys.
All-Tournament, girls: Tessa Salvestrin, St. Helena Montessori; Mary Heun, St. John’s Lutheran; Alexis Woodson, American Canyon; Trinity Billingsley, American Canyon; Sarah Reynolds, St. Apollinaris.
MVP: Bella Wright.
All-Tournament, boys: Bailey Ramirez, St. Vincent; Tyler Oda, Redwood; Bryce Powers, St. John’s Lutheran; Aidan Cushing, St. John’s Lutheran; Myron Dally, American Canyon.
MVP: Khai Curry, American Canyon.
Optimist Youth 9/10th Boys Playoffs
Long Electric defeated Javco Window and Glass 54-40.Raymond Mautlich took command of the game by scoring 20 points and grabbing 10 rebounds for LEC. George Bolen had 12 points, Matthew Commander had nine points and 12 rebounds, and Eduardo Barajas scored six points for the victors. Trevin Cholmdeley had his biggest game of the season with 14 points and 14 rebounds for JAV while Dylan Payne and Jayden Salinas each had seven points and Gary Yates had six points.
Physical Therapy Center took an early lead and went on to defeat General Equipment, 49-33. PTC got 20 points from Jonathan Basulto, 17 rebounds from Pedro Infante, 18 points from Angel Ochoa, and 12 rebounds and eight points from Ben Martin. For GEM, Loren Castro had a big game with 16 points and 15 rebounds, and Jacks Madigan contributed six points.
R.E. Maher fell to Your Home Nursing, 32-27. Casey Peck scored 11 points to go with four steals for YHN, Joe Lee had six points and Bayley Lorenzen had five points and nine rebounds. For REM, Carlos Caneras had 14 points and 12 rebounds, Damarco Bell had six points and 10 rebounds, and Christian Smith scored five points.
Mark Coleman Insurance beat Napa Valley Ortho, 72-34. Sam Brovelli led MCI, scoring 20 points, Matthew Shane had 14, and Aiden Phillips, Cody Freitas, Nathaniel Allen and Trevor Ellena each contributed six points. Noah Parker and Andrew Diana had 10 points apiece and Cristobal Soto scored six for NVO.
Long Electric beat Physical Therapy Center in overtime, 57-51. Raymond Matulich scored a season-high 25 points to go with 11 rebounds for LEC. Matthew Commander had 15 points and four steals, and Blake Hoban and Nick Raymond each had five points. PTC was led by Angel Ochoa with 13 points, while Christian Dal Porto added 12, Jonathan Basulto scored 10 to go with seven steals, Pedro Infante had seven points, and Ben Martin had six.