For the second year in a row, Linfield Christian's baseball program walked away from the San Diego Lions Tournament with a title.
Zach Cope threw seven shutout innings and doubled twice, leading the Lions (11-3) to a 3-0 win over Lompoc Cabrillo in the 2A Division championship Thursday afternoon.
Cope also doubled and drove in a run during a three-hit effort in a 7-2 win over Blythe Palo Verde Valley earlier in the day and he homered in a 7-6 win over Malibu on Wednesday. He was named the division's most valuable player.
"He tore it up this whole tournament," Linfield coach Jeff Nichols said.
Cope struck out six batters and scattered three walks and two hits in the championship to improve to 1-1 on the mound.
In the first game of the day, Cope and A.J. Acton each collected three hits and John Shurance picked up his first save with three perfect innings. Shayne Gross (1-0) allowed two unearned runs in 3 1/3 innings for the win.
---- Jeff Sanders