Cal State Fullerton-bound Cameron Repetti ended Yucaipa High School’s two year, seven-game post season win streak by pitching host Cypress to a 5-1 victory in a California Interscholastic Federation quarterfinal baseball game played May 10. Thunderbirds’ ace Tyson Heaton did his part by limiting the nation’s No. 7 ranked team to two earned runs on five hits in his six inning, complete game. YHS finished at 26-6. One week later Cypress defeated Harvard-Westlake to win the D-1 title.
Repetti retired the first 11 hitters until YHS launched a two-out rally in the fourth on consecutive singles from Michael Carpentier, Heaton, and Danny Garcia to get YHS within 2-1. Jordan Andrade was robbed of extra bases in the inning by right fielder Noah Carter. YHS had another chance when Joseph Lomeli singled and advanced to second on a balk, but Repetti got Julian Alvarez to ground out to end the threat. “We needed that base hit when Joseph got to second,” said YHS coach Ralph Grajeda. Instead of his team tying the game, Cypress scored three late unearned insurance runs to win it.
Afterwards, Grajeda reminded his team about its two-year run that included a CIF championship, the Division 1, “elite eight” appearance, two Citrus Belt League banners, totaling a 54-11 record.
“We fought to the end,” said Heaton. “I had all my pitches working today. Cypress was just a good team. We had a great year.” Heaton committed to BYU, yet agreed that he might have other options. He smiled when asked about a professional contract.
“Yucaipa couldn’t have made it this far without being talented,” said Repetti. “We knew they were big swingers so we threw them something off speed for a first pitch strike. They were waiting on my fastball. I had to stifle their aggressiveness.” Repetti yielded four hits over seven innings and struck out nine. Neither he nor Heaton walked a batter. Cypress made all of its defensive plays. YHS did not.
“Yucaipa was a really good team. Very similar to our guys,” said Cypress coach John Weber. “They didn’t make it easy but Cameron (Repetti) was really special today.” Repetti was the winning pitcher in the 2-0 win over Harvard-Westlake for the division title.
Moving on to next season, Grajeda and junior Jordan Andrade expressed optimism, despite having to replace seven starters. Andrade said this season’s ten senior teammates taught him valuable lessons. “I learned what it means to be a leader. To cheer each other on whether we’re winning or losing. I'm excited about my big role as captain next season.” Unless he signs a pro contract, Andrade has committed to play at University of Washington after his 2020 graduation. Along with Heaton, Michael Carpentier is projected to go high in the Major League Baseball draft. Grajeda thinks Alvarez could be drafted as well.