EL CAJON, Calif. – After trailing 6-0 through two complete innings, San Diego Christian completed an exciting comeback as the Hawks defeated the Vanguard Lions 22-9 to earn a birth into the GSAC Tournament Championship game tomorrow.
Gabriel Hemmer started the game for the Hawks going six complete innings to improve his record to 12-3. Hemmer who had a rough two innings settled down and only allowed two runs in the next four innings. He finished with eight runs, six earned, striking out six and allowing five walks. Jake Sween earned the 3-inning save allowing an unearned run, three hits and one walk while striking out two to earn his second save of the season.
The Lions scored their six runs seven hits off of All-GSAC pitcher Hemmer. Bret Collins scored on a passed by from SDC catcher Jacob Rogers to end the scoring in the second.
SDC scored a run in the third before Lions registered an out. After a Cade Gotta walk and stolen base, Chad Erickson delivered a RBI single to left. Gilbert Viera added two more runs for SDC with a double to right field. Dawson Jones added a 2 RBI single as the Hawks poured on the runs for the 8-6 lead after three innings.
In the inning, the Hawks chased Lions starter Clayton Voechting after just 2.1 innings. He allowed eight runs, seven earned, four walks and struck out two. The lefty Voechting fell to 7-5 on the season in defeat.
San Diego Christian scored a run in the fifth before blasting seven in the six. Gotta tallied 2 RBIs, as Christian Johnson, Erickson, and Viera added an RBI each.
Leading 16-8 heading into the eighth, Jeff Lusardi and Luke Bando each hit homers to blow the doors wide open in the game.
SDC tallied 22 hits for their 22 runs. Viera led the charge going 5-for-6 with 4 RBI. Erickson also knocked in four with three hits. Every starting player registered a hit.
San Diego Christian will look to grab their first-ever GSAC Tournament Championship as they will play Westmont College. The Hawks defeated the Warriors in the first game of the tournament 6-2. Westmont must beat the Hawks twice in the double-elimination tournament.
First pitch is scheduled at noon.