The Santa Barbara High baseball team was on the road Thursday, but that didn’t slow down its hot start at the plate.
The Dons totaled 12 hits, which included five doubles and a pair of home runs, in a 14-7 win at Ventura. The Dons also had four stolen bases and worked seven walks.
Erick Elizalde had a pair of doubles and walks to go along with a team-high five RBIs.
Anthony Firestone contributed two doubles and a walk while Nick Oakley and Jordan Harris each homered. Moses Dukes registered three singles in the game and totaled two RBIs.
SANTA PAULA 3, SAN MARCOS 2
The Royals dropped to 0-2 to start the young season after losing by one run to Santa Paula.
Freshman Gigi Gritt went the distance for San Marcos, allowing seven hits while striking out five. After allowing three runs in the first two frames, Gritt allowed just two hits over the final five.
A solo home run by Kyla Robbins made the score 3-1 while an RBI single from Claire Early brought the Royals within one after five innings. San Marcos failed to score from there.
BISHOP DIEGO 9, SANTA BARBARA 3
Sophomore Jenna Hayes got the scoring going for the Cardinals with a home run in the first inning to put them ahead, 2-0. Hayes added a run-scoring ground out later in the game and Julia Gregson had an RBI triple. Amy Mancinelli did well in the circle for Bishop Diego, allowing three unearned runs in four innings.
SAN MARCOS 15, CATE 3
The Royals top pair comprised of Sam Friedman and Bryan Shott went a perfect 3-0 Thursday to lead their team to a 15-3 victory. The duo only lost three games through three matches.
In singles, Masato Perera went 2-0 on the day, including posting an impressive 6-2 win over Cate’s No. 1 singles player, Ethan Ha. Ha went 2-1 on the day for the Rams.
LAGUNA BLANCA 15, CABRILLO 3
The Owls improved to 2-0 on the season following an impressive victory Thursday.
In singles, Laguna got help from Ryan Purkait who posted three 6-0 wins at No. 2 singles.
Senior captains for the Owls, Kai Nakamura and Kevin Khodabandehlou, also contributed a pair of wins each. In doubles, Ben Rodgers and Aden Meisel went 3-0 on the day as well.
THACHER 14, CARPINTERIA 4
Austin Stone accounted for three of the Warriors’ four points by sweeping his three singles sets, while Ian McCurry and Esteban Zapata earned the other point for Carpinteria in doubles.
LAGUNA BLANCA 3, VIEWPOINT 0
The Owls opened up the season with a sweep on Thursday by set scores of 25-21, 25-20, 25-20.
RIO MESA 3, CARPINTERIA 1
Gabriel Medel had eight kills to lead the Warriors in defeat. The Spartans won 25-14, 25-23, 18-25, 25-14.
SAN MARCOS 15, SANTA BARBARA 3
The Royals were hot from the jump in Thursday’s league contest against their crosstown rival.
San Marcos led 5-0 just five minutes into the contest and eventually took a 10-0 lead into the break. Espiritu Morales was in goal for the Royals in the first half, earning a shutout while saving the one shot the Dons managed to get off.
San Marcos will co-host the Gold Coast Invitational Saturday with Dos Pueblos.
DOS PUEBLOS 6, CATE 5
The Chargers rallied from a late deficit to force overtime and eventually defeated Cate in their first league contest of the year.
A goal from DP’s Avery Ball, who notched a hat trick, with just one minute left tied the game up at 5-5. In the second OT, Katie Naretto intercepted a pass and threw it to Ball, who scored with only 16 seconds left to deliver the Chargers the win.
Olivia Geyling scored two goals in the win while Brooke Essig contributed one. Lily Riehl led Cate with four goals, while Mia Foster scored the other. Rams goalie Liz Sutter made nine saves.
CATE 9, DOS PUEBLOS 6
The Rams jumped out to an early 4-0 lead and never looked back, beating the Chargers by three goals in their first league game of the season.
Andrew Salentine had two goals to lead the Chargers while juniors Ashton Slattery, Caleb Lenvik and Hector Aldapa scored their first varsity goals.
CHANNEL LEAGUE RELAYS
The San Marcos boys team won the event with a score of 268. Santa Barbara was second with 218 points, followed by Santa Ynez (204); Dos Pueblos (202); Cabrillo (170) and Lompoc (138). The Royals received outstanding performances from a number of swimmers, including Hunter May and Matt Treadway. The two were part of three winning relay teams.
The San Marcos girls also won the Channel League Relays, finishing with a score of 274. Dos Pueblos was second at 244.
Maddion Sparre won the 50 freestyle in 26.44 seconds and the 100 free in 57.09 to help lead the Royals to victory.