The Poway High baseball program has been on a tear as of late, including a three-game sweep last week against Westview in the Palomar League play. The Titans remain unbeaten in league play and are well on their way to a four-peat as league champions.
But put that aside for now, because the Titans are in tournament play this week.
Poway is a host school in the Classic Division of the 61st annual Lions Baseball Tournament, the oldest and largest high school baseball tournament in the country. In game one on Monday, the Titans shut out Green Valley, one of the top programs in Nevada, 10-0.
After trailing early, the Titans (15-3) were able to manufacture runs in the fourth and the fifth to come from behind and upset the Chargers 2-1 in front of a packed home stadium.
“This was one of the best high school games I’ve ever seen played,” said Poway coach Bob Parry. “It was a combined team effort, everyone played great, but it all came down to pitching and defense.”
Jordan Godwin held the high-powered Edison offense to just one run on six hits in five innings of work, but to secure the win it took a rally in the fifth that was capped by Derek Hasenbeck's line shot up the middle to score Ryan Moreno for the go-ahead run.
“It was huge for us. It turned around the game and gave us the momentum we needed,” said Hasenbeck, a senior catcher. “We knew it’d be a tough game, but we came out battling and everything turned out well.”
Poway’s Chad Smith entered in relief in the sixth and was able to shut down Edison over the final two innings to come away with the save, giving up just one hit in the process.
“It feels amazing, like I still haven’t woken up from a dream yet,” said senior Godwin. “It was the toughest, most exhilarating game I’ve ever been a part of. Everyone on the team played their part.”
The Titans hope to keep the momentum going since they still will need three more wins to come away with the championship, but they remain confident that they can get the job done.
“The way we’ve been playing, we have a definite chance,” said Parry. “We will be tough to beat.”
On Wednesday night, the Titans will finish up division play in the Lions Tournament by hosting Otay Ranch, and with a win they will move on to the semifinals Thursday at Granite Hills.
As for the Rancho Bernardo Broncos, their chances of making it out of pool play were hurt when they were edged 2-1 by Cathedral Catholic on Tuesday.