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Surprise performance sparks Eastlake

04/05/2014, 7:03pm PDT
By Alex Riggins, Special to the U-T

Titans clinch title of John Baumgarten Metro Conference Tournament

— Eastlake High captured the John Baumgarten Metro Conference Tournament championship Saturday afternoon with an 11-2 baseball win over visiting Chula Vista thanks to a big performance by an unlikely player.

Designated hitter Baley Castro, a junior who entered the game just 2-for-8 in his first varsity season, capped a seven-run first inning for the Titans with a three-run home run. Castro finished the game 3-for-3 with a double, the homer, three runs scored and four RBIs.

“It was breathtaking. It was really exciting for me,” Castro said of his first career home run. “My swing felt good in the cages before the game, and I was just thinking to be aggressive early in the count, and that’s what I did.”

Castro was a triple short of the cycle but never got a chance to try for the feat as the Titans (8-3) made their final out with Castro in the on-deck circle.

Dominic Field pitched four solid innings in relief to earn the win. He entered in the second inning with no outs and the bases loaded. Only an infield error allowed two of his inherited runners to score. Field struck out five batters and allowed two hits.

Every Titans starter scored at least one run except Casey Schmitt, who contributed two sacrifice flies.

Brandon Teichman led Chula Vista (4-7) with a double and run scored.

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