SF Preps Notebook: In CCS Open Division consolation games, St. Ignatius goes deep in win, Serra suffers blowout loss; plus baseball, wrestling

The consolation bracket in the Central Coast Section Open Division largely serves to ensure teams won’t be spending a full week without games between the Open quarterfinals and the first round of the state tournament, and the teams that played in Thursday’s games took different approaches to their matchups.

St. Ignatius beat St. Francis 45-44 in what was essentially a glorified scrimmage, while Serra came out surprisingly flat and failed to avenge two earlier close losses, falling 63-39 at Mitty.

The Wildcats (13-13) jumped out to an early 19-6 lead and held on to win despite giving Wrenn Robinson the night off (soreness). The entire rest of the roster saw action, with Neal Begovich scoring 17 points and Garrett Cason added 11. Kyle Rosecrans scored a game-high 19 for St. Francis (13-13), and the Lancers sat Matteo Fontana (back) for the second half.

There was no shot at revenge for the Padres, who found themselves in an early 9-1 hole and never recovered. Their prior two losses to Mitty were by a combined three points, but Thursday’s poor performance was a laugher.

Cade Rees scored 11 and was the only player in double-figures for Serra (17-9). Marcus Greene scored 16, Devan Sapp finished with 15, Owen Browne added 11 and sophomore Michael Mitchell had nine points and seven assists for Mitty (18-8). It was the Monarchs’ first win since a 56-55 victory at Serra on Feb. 8 to clinch the WCAL regular season title.

Other Prep Notes

Riordan’s varsity tennis team heads to Mills for a non-league match at 4 p.m.

Baseball: Crusaders baseball begins its regular season on Friday with a home game against Rodriguez of Fairfield at 3:30 p.m.

Other WCAL games slated for Friday include Serra hosting Monte Vista at 3:30 p.m. and Sacred Heart Cathedral hosting El Camino at 3:30 at Westborough Park.

The reigning regular-season Academic Athletic Association baseball champions, Lowell, is set to open Friday at 3:30 p.m. against Hillsdale in San Mateo.

The Cardinals finished last year at 14-1 in league play, and 22-11 overall, led by senior Owen Mahoney, who hit .396 in 31 games with seven doubles and 21 RBIs, and senior Alex Bradshaw, who hit .337 in 31 games with 21 RBIs, eight doubles and two triples. Lowell’s top returner this year is Levi Humphrey. Last season, as a junior, Humphrey hit .302 with a team-leading 25 RBIs, with four doubles, a triple and 12 walks and six HBPs to just five strikeouts.

Lowell, while returning some of its main offensive pieces, will have to make up for the loss of nearly its entire pitching staff. Bradshaw was also Lowell’s most reliable starter, going 5-1 with a 1.64 ERA. The Cardinals also lost innings eaters Lucas Moore (1.75 ERA, 4-4, 10 APP, 8 GS, 3 CG), Devlin Stanley (5.00 ERA, 3-1, 11 APP, 1 GS), Nick Wilhelm (2.78 ERA, 3-1, 11 APP, 4 GS) and Owen Mahoney, who went 7-2 with seven starts and two complete game and a 0.66 ERA.

Mission begins its baseball season on Saturday on the road at 11 a.m. at El Camino of South San Francisco. Washington will also start its season at Half Moon Bay on Saturdy at 11 a.m.

Lincoln has already started the baseball season off hot, going 3-0 with a 12-6 win over Jefferson, an 11-0 win over Gateway on Tuesday and a 7-5 victory over Lick-Wilmerding. The Mustangs needed a three-run third and a four-run fourth to come away with that season-opening win on Feb. 11.

The state wrestling championships began on Thursday at Rabobank Arena in Bakersfield. Riordan grappler Michael Bigler (113 pounds) lost in the second round by technical fall at 21-5.

Zachary Gross of Wallenberg fell in his 106-pound second-round match-up to Jonah Hernandez of Corcoran, losing 6-0.

Noah Spinel of Washington dropped a 113-pound first-round match-up to Jimmy Heryford of Sutter, who scored a fall in 41 seconds.

Giorvanni Thai, the No. 1 120-pounder in the San Francisco Section out of Lowell, fell to Ethan Gould out of the Southern Section’s Esperanza by technical fall, 15-0.

Washington’s Santiago Yescas got a bye into the second round of the 132-pound bracket, but fell to Brenden Johnson of Del Oro by fall at 2:42.

Lowell’s 138-pounder, Jonah Nascimento, lost by technical fall, 17-1, to Teddy Okada of Anaheim-Servite in the first round.

Lowell’s junior 145-pounder, Michael Ryaboy, didn’t make it past the second round, losing in his first bout to Rancho Bernardo’s Jaden Abas out of San Diego by technical fall, 21-6.

Galileo’s junior 160-pounder, Peter Colias, lost to Cody Pruis of Heritage by fall at 1:19. His teammate, 182-pounder Marino Balinton, lost by fall at 5:33 to Lusicano Manzo of Chowchilla in the second round. Fellow Lion Leonardo Dulanto, in the 195-pound bracket, lost by fall in 1:31 in the second round to Andrew Rasmussen of Faith Baptist.

In the 220-pound bracket senior Jaan Wilson of KIPP lost by default to Gabriel Carranza of Victor Valley.

In the 286-pound division, junior Alanis Joseph of Washington lost via fall at 0:38 to Ethen Erickson of Carter High School.

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