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A sparkling no-hit effort on the mound from junior starting pitcher AJ Discenzo was exactly what the Capistrano Valley Christian baseball team needed to finally achieve a goal that had eluded them the past two seasons.
Discenzo struck out five Sierra Canyon batters over seven innings on June 7 en route to a no-hitter and a 5-0 victory that sealed the CIF-SS Division 6 Championship for the Eagles.
Capistrano Valley Christian has been to the Division 6 championship game each of the past three years. This year was a different story.
The Eagles got on the board for the first time in the third inning on an RBI double from senior Parker Coss. It the fifth inning, following RBI hits from Eric Fukuda and Brooks Dugan, the Eagles were able to build a comfortable 4-0 lead.
The Eagles’ road to the title game featured a rematch with Desert Christian Academy, the team that defeated them in the 2013 finals, in the quarterfinals on May 30. Capistrano Valley Christian pounced on the Conquerors early, putting up 10 runs in the first two innings to breeze to an 11-6 win.
A tough preseason schedule helped bolster the Eagles confidence for another postseason run, according to head coach Clemente Bonilla. Capistrano Valley Christian played against higher division squads like Tesoro, Beckman and Harvard-Westlake before going 8-1 in the San Joaquin League.
In other high school baseball playoff news:
JSerra, the No.1 seed in the CIF-SS Division 1 Championships, advanced to the semifinals, where they lost to Foothill 4-1. The Lions, who captured the Trinity League title this season, defeated Brea Olinda, Valencia and Edison in the first, second and quarterfinal rounds, respectively.
St. Margaret’s defeated Saddleback Valley Christian, 9-0, in the opening round of the Division 6 Championships. The Tartans went on to beat Upland Christian in the second round before falling to Poly-Pasadena in the quarterfinals.