Point Loma edges LJHS in big-league venue
by Scott Hopkins
Published - 05/01/13 - 03:04 PM | 3683 views | 0 0 comments | 20 20 recommendations | email to a friend | print
Pointer Cole Lemmel slides into home plate in the second inning to score the only run of the game against La Jolla High at Petco Park. La Jolla catcher Matt Needham applies the late tag in the 1-0 Point Loma victory.                                            Photo by Scott Hopkins I The Beacon
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For Point Loma High’s baseball team, a day in Petco Park was very likely the season highlight.

The Pointers turned a superb pitching performance by senior Josh Azar into a 1-0 victory over Western League opponent La Jolla High at the downtown home of the San Diego Padres.

Azar limited the Vikings to two hits during his complete-game victory, striking out seven to pick up the victory. He savored his accomplishment.

“The whole experience was incredible,” Azar said. “The mound was the best I‘ve ever seen. That was a once-in-a-lifetime experience for everyone on our team. It was incredible to get the win out of it and represent Point Loma.” 

Pointer bats have struggled all season, and the victors recorded four hits at Petco in front of a large contingent of cheering supporters who took advantage of the 1 p.m. start time.

Two of those hits went to junior second baseman Cameron Yackly, hitting in the leadoff spot. His .316 batting average leads the team.

The other two hits were by junior starting catcher Chance Jimenez, his second-inning single driving sophomore center fielder Cole Lemmel, who had walked, home with the only run of the game.

“It was crazy. I got the chance at Petco (to get the game-winning hit). I was surprised and shocked. It was just an awesome feeling, the best I’ve ever had,” Jimenez said.

The play of the game came when senior third baseman Justin Baker chased a Viking pop-up at full speed into foul territory toward home plate before making a sliding catch worthy of ESPN highlights.

Pointer outfielders Lemmel, junior Jordan Goulet and senior Kye Miranda all ran down several La Jolla drives, some hit into the gaps.


A total of eight prep games were played at Petco while the Padres were being swept in San Francisco. Participating teams were given a lengthy list of “Don’ts” while on the pristine stadium turf and monitored by groundskeepers during the games.

Pointer coaches made sure every senior on the team saw playing time

The game was actually “neutral” in league standings. The two teams played again last week, the Vikings winning 3-2 at home with a walk-off single in the bottom of the seventh inning.

On the season, the Pointers are 9-10 overall, 4-3 (third place) in Western League. The Pointers wrap up their league season with home games against La Jolla on April 30, Mission Bay on

May 2 and Madison on May 16. Away games are at Mission Bay on May 6 and Madison on May 14.

All are 3:30 p.m. starts.
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