HIGH SCHOOL BASEBALL: KOMETS COME FROM BEHIND TO DETHRONE MONARCHS IN CIF DIV. IV ROUND ONE

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Story and photos by Liz Alper

Cover photo:  Monte Vista senior Ivan Plazola struck out 12 batters, but couldn't secure the lead as the Monarchs fell short.

May 22, 2018 (Spring Valley) - Monte Vista baseball has made it to the CIF Division IV playoffs.  Today in round one, they faced Kearny, the winners of a play-in on Monday against Calipatria.  The Komets are a near-perfect 11-1 in the Central League and a 17-12 overall record.  The Monarchs just barely eeked into the playoffs with a 9-6 record in the Grossmont League and an 18-11 overall record.  Senior Cade Logan took the hill for the Komets against senior Ivan Plazola for Monte Vista.

The Monarchs started early.  In the first, back-to-back RBI doubles by Plazola and junior Jon Gulley gave the Monarchs a 2-0 lead.

Plazola was cruising along, even striking out the side in the third and fourth innings, but the good times for Monte Vista came to a screeching halt in the fifth.  Sophomore Abraham Sanchez failed to catch a bad throw on a routine play to first and two runs came home for Kearny, tying the game.  Junior Devin Fragoso put the Komets in front 3-2 with a blast of an RBI single to left.  Despite Plazola’s incredible 12-strikeout day, the Monarchs’ season ends as the Komets come from behind with a 3-2 win to advance to round two.