SAN JOSE -- West Catholic Athletic League baseball has been a pitching-dominated affair the last two years, ever since composite bats similar to the ones adopted in college baseball were put into use.

But you wouldn't have known it Tuesday at Archbishop Mitty where the Monarchs defeated Serra 14-6 to remain in a three-way tie for first place with St. Francis and Valley Christian.

Angelo Bortolin rocketed a two-run home run over the fence in right-center in the first to give Serra a 2-0 lead. But Mitty got that back and more with an eight-run second. Trent Scharrenberg's two-run single and Luke Rasmussen's two-run double were the big hits in the inning.

Mitty (12-3, 6-2) added three more runs in the third on five two-out singles.

Rasmussen hit an RBI single in the fourth to make the score 12-2. It was the third hit of the game for Rasmussen, who is batting .475 on the season (19 of 40) with 20 RBIs.

"He's a legitimate player in the middle of the order,'' Mitty coach Bill Hutton said. "For three years he didn't have much protection. This year we're a little deeper, plus he's a year older, matured a lot.''

It was still 12-2 in the bottom of the fifth when Brett Foley led off by bunting for a base hit. The next batter, Connor Young, was hit on the first pitch. The home plate umpire immediately ejected Serra coach Craig Gianinno and pitcher Robert Hanson.


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"I had just got done talking to the team about keeping it classy,'' Hutton said. "As soon as Brett got to first base he threw up his arms as if to ask, `why did I do that?' Brett apologized to their coach and I apologized to third-base coach Ryan Allgrove. It's just unfortunate their coach got thrown out. This is a pressure cooker, this league. Things boil over.''

This is a three-game week in the WCAL. Both head coaches made liberal use of their bullpen in order to save some top arms for the rest of the week. Serra (9-8, 3-5) has an especially tough week, playing at Valley Christian on Thursday before taking on St. Francis at home on Friday

In other WCAL games, Valley Christian (10-4, 6-2) defeated Bellarmine (11-4, 4-4), 4-3, and St. Francis (11-2, 6-2) beat St. Ignatius (9-7, 4-4), 4-1.