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It wasn’t a classic, but Classical earns first title

06/06/2014, 9:48pm PDT
By Craig Malveaux

Escondido school wins San Diego Section Division V championship

— With the go-ahead run positioned at second base in the top of the seventh inning, Classical botched a potential game-winning opportunity.

The Caimans laid down the bunt, advancing the runner to third.

However, Mission Vista’s pitcher ignored the play at first, instead gunning down the runner as he attempted to score.

Next came a deep fly to center that would have broken the 3-3 tie and potentially delivered the Caimans their first-ever championship.

Luckily for fourth-seeded Classical, whose campus is located in Escondido, the gaffe didn’t hurt.

The Caimans atoned four innings later. Barely.

Freshman Jordan Peterson belted a go-ahead two-RBI double to left and freshman pitcher Jacob Mizel coaxed a bases-loaded groundout as Classical won 7-6 in 11 innings to capture the San Diego Section Division V baseball championship Friday at Cal State San Marcos.

“The first cut I took, I was trying to hit it over the fence,” said Peterson, who finished 2-for-5 with two RBIs.

“The second cut, I shortened up, tried to make contact and drove it to left field.”

The infielder’s clutch hit capped a three-run 11th inning for the Caimans (18-10), who squandered the lead three times — once in extra innings.

Summoned to relieve left-hander Tino Capizoli with the bases loaded, one out and a two-run lead in the bottom of the 11th inning, Mizel surrendered one run before earning the save.

“I was worried stepping to the mound. I asked God for help,” Mizel said.

“I just tried to throw low fastballs to keep the ball on the ground and sure enough one dribbled back to me.”

No. 2 Mission Vista (9-21) took a 3-2 lead in the bottom of the third on a Brian Bolden two-RBI triple in the right-field alley.

Two innings later, Classical equalized when a runner came home on a wild pitch.

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