Minutemen Fall in State Regional Opener, 6-1

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(Photo courtesy DeDe Cook) - The Maranatha High School varsity baseball team includes (front row, from left) Nick Cook, Donovan Gonsal, Cam Andrews, Isaac Ton, Jason Tricarico, Daniel Latshaw, Bryan Richman, Ian Parris and assistant coach Al Quintana. Back: assistant coach Aaron Holbert, Gavin Dinger, Jeffrey Siglock, Nick Sartor, Dylan Zdunek, Angelo Aleman, Will Allen, Noah Camonte, Petey Rodriguez, Justin Lee, Jack Stipa, Judson Pitre, Mikey Ebner, Jacob Yun, Adrian Lopez, Cider Canon, AJ Campana, Jackson Hisey, assistant coach Noeh Martinez and head coach Matt Shupper.

First published in the June 16 print issue of the Pasadena Outlook.

It was a tough way to open the CIF Southern California Regional playoffs as the visiting No. 8 Maranatha High School varsity baseball team squared off against the 2022 CIF-SS Division II champion and top-seeded Etiwanda.
The Minutemen returned to action after a two-week break between the CIF-SS playoffs and the regional playoff opener. Maranatha took an early 1-0 lead in the first inning but powerhouse Etiwanda responded with a four-run second inning to take the lead for good. Etiwanda added a pair of runs in the fourth to end Maranatha’s terrific season with a 6-1 finish.
Junior Dylan Zdunek collected Maranatha’s lone base while adding an RBI. Senior Angelo Aleman walked once, stole a base and scored a run, junior Cider Canon worked a pair of walks, and senior Mikey Ebner, senior Will Allen and junior Bryan Richman each walked once. Junior Garrett McGuigan worked around a hit and registered a strikeout in his lone inning on the mound.
The Minutemen (24-8 overall record) concluded the season with its first state playoff appearance while adding their fifth consecutive Olympic League title.