La Costa Canyon teammates cheer senior catcher Andrew Solomon (19), who had five hits and drove in two runs in the Mavericks’ Open Division triumph.
EL CAJON — La Costa Canyon High coach Justin Machado knew he had the pitching. It was a matter of whether his Mavericks could do damage with the bats in Tuesday’s San Diego Section Open Division baseball semifinal.
“We came out of the gate wondering how we would be offensively,” Machado said.
Turns out LCC had one of its better showings at the plate, pounding out 16 hits and scoring in six of seven innings to grind away Granite Hills 10-1.
La Costa Canyon will visit Granite Hills again at 3:30 p.m. Thursday. The winner will advance to the Open Division final at 7 p.m. Saturday at USD’s Fowler Park.
Senior catcher Andrew Solomon led the charge for the Mavericks (23-11), knocking out five singles in as many at-bats. He drove in two runs and scored once.
“The ball was falling for me today, for sure,” Solomon said. “Once you get that first hit it seems like the others come easier. My fourth hit was actually a check swing.”
The whole front of Solomon’s uniform was caked with dirt that he picked up behind the plate and while running the bases.
“That’s not really dirt — it’s actually mud from all the sweating I was doing,” he said.
Winning pitcher Carter Johnson appreciated his batterymate’s effort.
“It just shows how hard he works,” said Johnson (7-2).
The 6-foot-1 senior right-hander blanked the Eagles (24-9) through the first six innings before surrendering a meaningless run in the seventh. He allowed only six hits and struck out seven.
“I approached this game just like I would approach any other game,” Johnson said. “I didn’t want to add any unnecessary stress. We knew we needed two wins to get to the championship, and that’s our goal.”