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Wednesday, June 29, 2022

Dylan Goff pitches the Atiwanda baseball team for the CIF-SS Division 2 title

Fullerton >> In a CIF-SS Division 2 quarterfinal victory a week earlier, Etiwanda coach Don Fernald pulled starter Dylan Goff after six innings and his team went 10 runs ahead, even though Goff wanted to stay in the game. .

Fernald told Goff that he would get a chance to finish in the championship game.

On Saturday night, Goff got that chance.

Goff covered the distance and pitched a six-hitter, hitting nine as Etiwanda won the second CIF-SS championship in program history, with a 6–1 win over Torrance at Goodwin Field in Cal State Fullerton.

“When the coach told me I was pitching this game, I was like, ‘I have to pitch my best. This has to be my best game.’ And I did,” Goff said.

Goff (11-0) hit two batsmen, but one batsman failed and threw 99 pitches. Permission to run goof was unearned. After Saturday’s game, Etiwanda’s team was 0.54 in the ERA playoffs.

Etiwanda’s first championship since 2017 came a year after the Eagles (25-8) failed to make the playoffs.

“It feels really unbelievable for the boys,” said Etiwanda coach Don Fernald. “A lot of these boys have a lot to do with the high school experience. To be able to come out and finish it like this, especially for seniors, is great.”

The season is not over in Etiwanda. The Eagles will continue to play at the CIF State SoCal Regional through May 31.

Atiwanda had a pair of three runs on Saturday to give Goff more than enough support.

Number 9 hitter Parker Sobecic started the third innings with a double grounding inside the left field line. Austen Roelig followed with a double to the right, Armando Brissano tripled from the right and Brady Abell blew a single just inside the left-field line to give Etiwanda a 3–0 lead. When Michael Harrison followed with another single, the Torrance’s Aidan Irwin (2–1) was replaced by Brock Meyer.

“He (Irwin) controlled his off-speed very well and did a good job on that. He was trying to get up and soft work on us with the fastball,” Fernald said. “The second time around we made some good adjustments. We had some big batsmen. Unfortunately, we didn’t execute or we scored more. could do.

Rowling, restricted to designated hitter duties due to an elbow injury, led Atiwanda at 3 for 3 with one run and two RBIs.

“It started with the last game (the semifinal win in Palos Verdes),” Rolig said. “The last game prepared us for this game with the fans. …There is no better feeling than winning a CIF. I have come with faith and this is untrue for us. It doesn’t feel real yet. ,

Torrence got into a bizarre game in fifth with two outs on the board. 9 hitter Ivan Saito hit a single on an excuse-me swing inside the first base bag. The ball then went into the corner and Riley spun Torrence away, putting it within 3-1 on another two errors.

The run was not enough for Torrance (25-6-1) to rally or stop Atiwanda.

Etiwanda added to his lead in the bottom of the sixth, loading the base on singles by Tyler Shigenaka and Abraham Zapata and hitting Tyler McAvoy off the pitch. Sobesiek and Roelig hit sacrificial flies and Abel’s infield single and a throwing error made the third run.

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