Dons finish Lions tournament on a winning note

After taking some lumps against strong Orange County teams, Santa Barbara High’s baseball team finished the Anaheim Lions Tournament with a 13-1 rout over Bountiful, Utah.

“It was a good way to finish the tournament and transition back into league play,” Santa Barbara assistant Mike Cooney said.

The Dons had lost three straight against Brea-Olinda, Servite and Mission Viejo, and in all three they fell behind early.

On Wednesday, they roared out to a 12-0 lead after three innings, blowing the game open with six runs in the third.

“We started the right away as opposed to playing catch-up,” said Cooney.

Arizona-bound Collin Dewell led the Santa Barbara attack, going 3-for-5, with two triples, and driving six runs.

Spencer Fraker hit two doubles and drove in a run, and Pepe Gil had a two-run single.

Lucas Benenati picked up the victory on the mound to improve to 3-0.

Santa Barbara (11-4) returns to action on Saturday against Thousand Oaks at the Chatsworth Tournament.

Bountiful…000 100 0 — 1 4 0

Santa Barbara…246 001 x — 13 13 0

Lilly, Matrano (4) and Menlove; Benenati, Guerra (7) and Eaton, St. John (5). W—Benenati 3-0. L—Lilly.

2B—B: Hopper, Curtis. SB: Fraker 2. 3B—SB: Dewell 2.