LA MESA -- In three prior outings, Ramona hammered its opponents, producing 35 total runs while surrendering just eight to end a two-game skid suffered in the North County Tournament to El Camino and La Costa Canyon.
Monday, the Bulldogs sustained their offensive zing. And maintained their defensive prowess in the opening match of the Lions tournament.
Behind eight hits, Ramona thumped San Ysidro and its quartet of pitchers 8-0 in Premier Division play at Helix Monday.
Junior right-hander Blake Workman struck out five in a complete game, three-hit shutout for the Bulldogs (11-3).
“It was mostly locating some fastballs in and out, up and down,” Workman said. “I got ahead of them in the count and continued pitching what worked. I never changed a thing and coach elected to keep me out there to finish.”
Ramona cushioned Workman behind Zach Sherman’s two-run single to leftfield in the fourth inning. The sophomore outfielder drove in a game-high four runs on 2-of-3 hitting.
Senior Joel Mitchell chipped in three RBIs, including a two-run blast to left field in the sixth inning that increased the Bulldogs’ lead to 5-0.
The Cougars (6-7), however, could not.
They stranded four runners, went five innings between hits and never advanced anyone past second base. Starting right-hander Jose Magallon threw three scoreless innings before surrendering two runs in the fourth.
“We have a plan at the plate and the kids executed it,” said Ramona coach Dean Welch. “Once we got a few hits, we were able to capitalize and bring runners home.”