The Boras Baseball Classic
Saints’ Baseball had a rough time in the biggest and hardest tournament in the state.
May 1, 2023
On April 11, 2023, San Dimas Baseball played its first game of the Boras Classic. This tournament was filled with the state’s best high school baseball programs. It was the third time San Dimas had been in this tournament. In their first year, they went 1-3 and 2-2 the second year. The first game of this year’s tournament was against the number one team in the state and nation, Notre Dame of Sherman Oaks.
The first inning was really quick with no runs scored from either team. In the second inning though is when the game got out of control. Notre Dame put up six runs and five hits in that inning. San Dimas would finally put up a run in the fourth inning because of an RBI groundout from Sophomore, Vaughn Coleman. Notre Dame would then get that run back in the fifth and that would end the first game. The Saints lose 7-1 in the first game of the Boras Classic.
Looking to bounce back in game two, the Saints would have to face the number six ranked team in the state, Etiwanda High School. This game was a pitching duel with both offenses getting nothing done. Junior, Jude Favela started this game for the Saints and this would be his first start since verbally committing to the University of Southern California. Favela would go six innings pitched, three hits allowed, and five strikeouts. San Dimas would later get walked off in the bottom of the seventh and lose this game 1-0. When asked how the team did, Jude Favela said,” It was a good game. We didn’t hit to the best of our ability, but in the last couple innings I felt like the umpires weren’t on our side”.
The Saints came into game three of the tournament wanting revenge over the team that ended their season last year, Villa Park. Villa Park is the seventh-ranked team in the state. The game’s first run would come off an RBI single by Senior, Ryder Young to give the Saints a 1-0 lead. In the next two innings, the Saints would score two more times because of an RBI single by Junior, Jude Favela, and a sacrifice fly by Junior, Landon White. Villa Park would later get one run back, but that was it. San Dimas would get the win over Villa Park 3-1. Senior, Jacob Becerra had a great pitching performance that would help the Saints win.
Finally, in the last game, they would have to go up against the sixteenth-ranked team in the state, Cypress. This game was just flat-out ugly for the Saints. There were errors left and right followed up by home runs. Cypress ran up the score quickly and San Dimas’ offense was putting nothing together. They were getting embarrassed in the last game. The Saints would lose this game badly 15-3, making them 1-3 in the Boras Classic. When asked how they think they did in the tournament, Junior Kasen Khansarinia said,” I don’t think we played to our full capability, we had some miscues here and there and I feel things didn’t go our way sometimes”. San Dimas has no reason to hang their heads. Every team they played was ranked in the top twenty in the state. The regular season ends in two weeks and they are still undefeated in league play. They hope to win league and make a run in the CIF Division I playoffs.