Pearce again shuts down St. Ignatius 

Sacred Heart Cathedral may have lost out on this year’s Bruce-Mahoney Trophy to St. Ignatius during boys’ basketball season, but the Irish baseball team is still playing its crosstown rival for like there is plenty at stake.

Sacred Heart starting pitcher Sonny Pearce pitched 6¹/³ strong innings and leadoff man Eric Herrera reached base five times and scored three runs to lead the Irish to a 13-6 victory over St. Ignatius in West Coast Athletic League play at Marchbank Park.

It was the second stellar outing for Pearce in this rivalry this year. The right-hander tossed a complete game in Sacred Heart’s 5-2 victory March 13.

The Irish (15-6, 4-4 WCAL) jumped all over SI starting pitcher Bus Leonard from the game’s onset, scoring four runs in the first inning. Herrera started the rally by singling, stealing second and coming home from third on a wild pitch by Leonard.

All nine Sacred Heart batters came to the plate in the inning, with Chris Batelli providing the biggest hit — a two-out, two-run single that brought in Cole Gummere and Paul Swenson.

The Irish continued to pour it on in the following innings, scoring seven runs in the second and third off Wildcats pitchers Joey Murphy and Kevin Swanson. Pearce helped himself at the plate in the third inning with a bases-loaded double that brought in two runs.

Pearce was even more effective on the mound, pitching no-hit ball for the game’s first 4¹/³ innings. By the time that SI (6-15-1, 1-7) got is bats started in the sixth inning, Pearce had already been staked to a 13-0 lead.

The Wildcats put up three runs in the sixth and seventh inning, chasing Pearce two outs from a complete game, but Irish reliever Paul Sweeney entered and immediately induced SI slugger Chris McCaffery into a game-ending double play.

"I thought Sonny was outstanding tonight with his control," Sacred Heart coach Brian Morgan said. "He was throwing strikes all game and not putting anyone on base with walks, which is all we could ask of him."

With games against nationally ranked league foes Bellarmine and Valley Christian still left on the schedule, a victory against last-place St. Ignatius was crucial for the Irish.

"It’s always nice to get a win against your rival," said Morgan. "We have to take these games, because we could play our best against teams like Bellarmine and Valley Christian and stillend up losing."

Lowell 8, St. Thomas More 3

Senior co-captain Joe Bien-Kahn was 2-for-4 with three RBIs as the Cardinals (17-9) beat St. Thomas More (7-7) of San Jose in a nonconference game. Max Newman (3-for-5) and Derek Figueras (2-for-4) also had multiple hits for Lowell.

— Staff report

University 13, Urban 3

R.J. Halperin pitched a complete game and had three hits at the plate to lead the Red Devils (8-4-1, 5-2) to a BCL West win over the Blues (2-5).

— Staff report

SOFTBALL

ISA 18, Mission 3

Freshman Xenia Mendez and Nancy Alvarado combined for five hits as the Cobras (9-4) beat the Bears (2-13).Louisa Sausedo was the winning pitcher for ISA and also had two hits.

— Staff report

Lincoln 17, O’Connell 2

Kelly Huey was 4-for-4 as the Mustangs (18-3, 13-0) beat the Boilermakers (4-9) to remain perfect in AAA play. Tuai Tunai added a home run for Lincoln.

— Staff report

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