Prep baseball: McSorley, Dean lead Poway High to series-clinching victory over Rancho Bernardo
By Michael Bower
Sometimes all it takes for a team to get out of a funk is for it to get smacked around in its own yard by its rival. That seems to be the case with the Poway High baseball team, anyway.
The Titans took a 22-13 beating on their own field by rival Rancho Bernardo Monday in Game 1 of the three-game series. That appears to have been the wake-up call Poway needed, as the Titans rebounded to win the next two games against the Broncos.
Junior right-hander Justin McSorley tossed a complete-game masterpiece and freshman Kyle Dean tripled in the go-ahead run in the fifth inning, as Poway sent its fans home happy after a 3-1 victory over the Broncos Friday night at Poway High.
“When they beat us Monday on our field, they did some showoff stuff and I think that really fired us up,” said McSorley, who allowed no earned runs and only four hits in his first start against Rancho Bernardo at the varsity level. “We were not about to allow that to happen again.”
McSorley worked his way through a potent Broncos lineup with ease at times. He allowed three hits and an unearned run in the second inning, but held Rancho Bernardo to just one hit the rest of the way. He threw a perfect seventh inning, getting the always-dangerous Gosuke Katoh to fly out to end the game.
“I have played with that kid for several years,” McSorley said of Katoh. “He is going to UCLA on a scholarship and he could potentially get drafted. The fact I got him out the first three times is amazing. I was just so pumped up to get that last out. RB-Poway under the lights; it doesn’t get any better than this.”
It wasn’t all bad news for the Broncos, though. Torrey Pines fell to Ramona earlier in the day to give Rancho Bernardo at least a share of the league crown. With a win against Mt. Carmel in the regular-season finale, the Broncos would clinch the crown outright. But there was certainly no celebrating that news after the second straight loss to Poway.
The Titans broke the 1-1 tie with two outs in the fifth inning. Sean Miller singled and stole second base to eventually set the stage for Dean. The right-hander ripped a shot in the left-centerfield gap to score Miller. Dean tripped and did a face plant halfway to third, but still made it safely and would later score on a passed ball.
“I think there was a sniper out there in the trees,” Dean joked. “I really don’t know what happened. I think I clipped the bag or something and just fell.”
It was the type of series victory the Titans are hoping could turn into a deep playoff run.
“This is exactly what this team needed,” McSorley said. “This shows the type of team that we really are.”
Broncos’ starter Casey Henderson also turned in an outstanding effort. He tossed five-plus innings and allowed just one earned run and struck out five. He departed with two outs in the sixth inning, after Dean’s triple.
Rancho Bernardo took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Matt Jervis scored on Drew Davis’ RBI single in the infield between first and second base. The Titans tied the game in the bottom of the fifth. Ryan Sullivan scored when Joey Fiske’s groundball to second base was booted with two outs.
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