Lions Baseball Play Hard Against Mater Dei

by Steve Fryer, The OC Register

A game this good deserved a dramatic finish. And it got one.

In the bottom of the seventh inning with the score tied, JSerra’s Joey Ponder laid down a two-strike squeeze bunt and pinch-runner Parker Johnson beat the throw to the plate, giving the Lions a 10-9 victory over Mater Dei on Tuesday in a Trinity League baseball game at JSerra High. 

The teams are tied for first place in the Trinity League.

JSerra led by three runs, then trailed by five, in the wild game with the wild conclusion.

The three-game league series between JSerra and Mater Dei is tied at one victory apiece. They play their final league matchup of the season on Saturday at 6 p.m. at Mater Dei.

JSerra, ranked No. 3 in Orange County and No. 5 in CIF-SS Division 1, is 19-3 overall and 8-2 in league. Mater Dei, No. 2 in the county and No. 3 in CIF-SS Division 1, is 17-5, 8-2.

“This one was a must-win, if we want to win league,” JSerra senior Austin Hedges said.

JSerra’s Clay Williamson had two hits and two RBIs, Grant Davis had two hits and three RBIs, Trent Boras had two hits and scored twice, and Joey Ponder drove in two, including the game-winner on the final-play squeeze.

Mater Dei’s Ryan Teel homered twice, one a grand slam and the other a three-run homer, in back-to-back innings. The Monarchs’Ty Moore had three hits and drove in two.

The Lions took a 3-0 lead in the second inning, in which Williamson contributed a two-run single. Teel hit his grand slam in the Monarchs’ five-run fourth inning.

After JSerra scored a run in the bottom of the third to trim the Mater Dei lead to 5-4, Teel’s three-run homer led a four-run fourth inning that pushed the Monarchs’ lead to 9-4.

JSerra got two runs, including a solo homer by Tyler Krause, in the bottom of the fourth to make it 9-6. The Lions, led by Davis’ two-run double, scored three in the eighth to slice the Mater Dei lead to one run.

JSerra’s Nico Darras doubled to lead off the bottom of the seventh. Parker Johnson, running for Darras, advanced to third base on Tanner Bily’s sacrifice bunt before scoring on the Ponder squeeze, with Johnson sliding across the plate just before Mater Dei relief pitcher Ryan Barr’s glove-it-and-shovel-it toss reached catcher Jeremy Martinez.

Visual Arts Students Rank Number One in Orange County

Congratulations to JSerra Visual Arts students and teachers. In our largest showing yet in both Imagination Celebration and the Laguna Beach Art Festival Art Shows to date, JSerra had the largest group of students receive notoriety for their hard work. JSerra ranked number one amongst the submissions from other high school’s within the community in the Laguna Beach Art Show as well as in the Imagination Celebration annual festival.

Imagination Celebration is an annual festival of the arts, celebrating creativity for all high school students in Orange County. This festival is presented by Arts Orange County and Orange County Department of Education. It includes performances and visual arts exhibits throughout Orange County, as well as hands on workshops.

JSerra Art students have submitted artwork to the photography show at the Huntington Beach Fine Arts Center, and 31 of our students have been judged and accepted for the show.

Our Drawing and Painting winners include 24 of our artist/students. The Laguna Beach Junior Art exhibit has juried in a total 10 of our students for the show that will run from July 1 through August 31.

You can see the winning 2-D art showcase at:
South Coast Plaza’s Crate and Barrel Mall- May 1st through May 31.

Teachers Jeff Kahl, and Nancy Harrell are proud of their student’s accomplishments in the 2-D categories. With 3 of our students in the 2-D category moving onto the Laguna Beach Festival this summer, it has proved to be a very successful year.

You can see the winning Photography showcase at the Huntington Beach Art Gallery- May 1st through May 31st.,

Mr. Harrell and Mrs. Stehney have a right to be proud of their 31 students who qualified for this exhibit. Mr. Harrell was pleased with the variety of pieces chosen from his classes. Mrs. Stehney was happy to see the pieces from her “What is Beauty” project chosen as well. In addition, students from Mrs. Stehney class will have 7 pieces in the Laguna Beach Art Exhibit.

Great work JSerra Visual Arts students!

To see a complete list of the winning students and their art work please click here.