Bonita Vista coach Vince Gervais is doused with water by Barons player Eduardo Perez after the team defeated El Camino in the finals.
Brandon Torio found three ways to help Bonita Vista capture its first San Diego Section baseball championship Saturday at USD’s Fowler Park.
The 6-foot-1 senior ripped a two-run single in a three-run first inning, sparking the Barons to a 4-0 victory over El Camino in the Division II final.
Torio’s contributions didn’t stop there. He also made a leaping one-hand catch at third base to rob El Camino’s Tanner OIthoff of a base hit.
Torio saved his best for last, throwing two hitless innings to preserve the victory for starter Ricky Reynoso.
“We got hot near the end of the season,” Torio said of the second-seeded Barons (24-10).
Yet fast starts have become a new part of Bonita Vista’s attack. In the playoffs against Santa Fe Christian, the Barons took a 5-0 lead in the first inning and never got another hit.
After the first-inning rally Saturday, Bonita Vista managed just four hits against two Wildcats pitchers. In the first, El Camino pitcher Troy Lamparello stayed primarily with his fastball.
“There was nothing else to look for at that point,” said Torio. “So when he came across with a 1-0 pitch, I was ready.”
Bonita Vista had only one hit over the remaining six innings, a leadoff single in the fifth by Eduardo Perez.
During his five-inning stint, Reynoso allowed two hits and struck out seven en route to his fifth win in six decisions.
“I knew they were a good-hitting team so I really had to locate my fastball and get my off-speed stuff going,” said Reynoso. “I knew that if I did that we would be able to win.”
No. 1 El Camino (21-12), making its first appearance in a section championship game, mustered only singles by designated hitter Corey Matzke and first baseman Dax Roerig.
“We were pretty nervous,” Wildcats coach Jason Schmeiser said. “Bonita Vista deserved to be here. They played like they had nothing to lose.”