San Francisco high school baseball is a tricky animal for mainly one reason: Most fields don’t have proper boundary fences.
Out at Big Rec, Balboa Park, players are better served hitting line drives and hoping they roll, rather than go for launch angle. The same can be said for Fairmont Field in Pacifica, where St. Ignatius plays its home games, and at Hennessey Diamond at Moscone Playground, Golden Gate Park and Archbishop Riordan’s soon-to-be-renovated field.
Last week, St. Ignatius installed a portable (and movable) fence at Fairmont, and on Saturday, they used it. More specifically, senior Jack Dyke used it, popping his third home run of the year in support of his own strong effort on the mound for a 1-0 Wildcats win over Archbishop Mitty.
St. Ignatius (7-3, 3-2 in WCAL) is off to a hot start under first-year head coach Brian Pollzzie, tied for third in the West Catholic Athletic League after finishing in the bottom three of the eight-team league each of the last three seasons.
Leading the charge has been Dyke, who tossed a complete-game, four-hit shutout on Saturday, walking one and striking out five, lowering his ERA to a minuscule 0.61 and winning his third game of the season in four appearances. Dyke also slugged what turned out to be the game-winning homer, sending a first-pitch belt-high offering over the new fence in left field to lead off the bottom of the second inning.
Dyke is now hitting a team-high .481 on the season, with 14 RBIs, three round trippers and a double, In nine games, he’s struck out just three times, and has an on-base percentage of .516.
Next up for St. Ignatius is Valley Christian at 4 p.m. on Tuesday in San Jose.
At the Anaheim Lions Tournament on Monday morning, Mission baseball (3-5, 2-2 in Academic Athletic Association) eked out a win, 2-1, over Springfield (Oregon). C.J. Pino tossed five shutout innings, allowing just two hits and no walks while striking out five. Azaan Lewis finished things out on the mound.
AAA-leading Lowell (5-2, 4-0) is set to face Manitou Springs (Colorado) at Apollo High School in Glendale, Arizona, as part of the Pride Classic. On Tuesday, the Cardinals will face Bend (Oregon) and then Reno (Nev.) Bishop Manogue on Wednesday.
Lincoln (6-3, 3-1) will face Claremont at 6 p.m. as part of the Don Lugo Spring Break Tournament in Claremont, Calif.
Sacred Heart Cathedral (6-3, 2-3 in WCAL) got a clutch 3 1/3-inning relief outing from Adrian Gonzalez against Serra (5-6, 1-4) on Friday en route to a 3-1 win over the struggling Padres. Junior lefty Uday Narottam allowed two hits and one run over his 3 1/3 innings, but saw his pitch count soar because of six walks. Enter: Gonzalez. The senior allowed just one hit and two walks over his 3 2/3 innings of work, striking out one.
Meanwhile, the Irish got a pair of runs in the bottom of the first and another in the bottom of the sixth.
Lucas Herrera’s first-inning two-out ground ball to third base was misplayed, bringing home a pair of runs to get Sacred Heart Cathedral ahead. Diego Padilla added a sacrifice fly for the Irish in the bottom of the sixth. Dan Hinderliter went 2-for-3 for the Irish, while Chris Rodriguez added a double.
Lowell continues to be the class of the league on the softball diamond with an undefeated 4-0 record in AAA play, but non-league contests continue to be an issue. After taking a 13-2 beating at the hands of South San Francisco on March 19, the Cardinals blasted Balboa 20-0 on March 21, then dropped a non-league game to the Mills Vikings, 7-6, on Friday. Lowell will next take on Washington — the second-place team in the AAA’s first division — at West Sunset on April 2 in a likely preview of the section final.
The Eagles won a 19-9 slugfest against Lincoln — the AAA’s third-place team — on March 21, and are 3-1 in league play.