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By Steve Breazeale
The Capistrano Valley Christian baseball team accomplished the feat of reaching back to back CIF title games this season after falling just short in 2012.
But like last year, the Eagles made it all the way to the big show only to come home empty handed as they lost to Desert Christian of Bermuda Dunes 10-0 in the Division 6 Championship on June 1.
The Eagles (24-9, 12-0 league) barnstormed their way through the San Joaquin League and entered the playoffs having won 10 of their previous 11 games.
They made short work of their opponents in the opening rounds, defeating Joshua Springs, Sierra Canyon, Frazier Mountain and Calvary Chapel by a combined score of 57-7.
All of the momentum gained by the Eagles was brought to an abrupt halt as they were stymied by Desert Christian of Bermuda Dunes’ senior pitcher Morgan Earman, who pitched a complete game two-hit shutout in the title game. Earman also struck out nine Eagles batters in the contest.
Capistrano Valley Christian sent senior Aaron Anast to the mound, in hopes that he would continue to add to his impressive playoff resume, but Anast was lifted after just two innings that saw him give up three earned runs. It was Anast’s shortest start of his senior season, in which he went 9-4 overall.
Anast was the lone member of the Eagles lineup able to break through in the batter’s box against Earman by going 2-3 at the plate.
The loss marked the second time the Eagles reached the Division 6 title game in as many seasons. In 2012 the team lost to Desert Christian of Lancaster.
As has become tradition at Capistrano Valley Christian in recent years, expectations for the upcoming 2014 season will remain high. The Eagles will lose only four seniors to graduation and return a large core of players who have helped the team reach the lofty threshold they have been perched at for the past two years.