The Mavericks finishes the season 32-1 with a 27-game win streak. LCC will finish ahead of Chatsworth in the state and national rankings. The Chancellors play for the L.A. City Section title on Tuesday against Carson and would be No. 1 in the nation in a different ranking if they win.
LCC and Rancho Bernardo both had plenty of chances to win Saturday in a bizarre game that matched the bizarre, drizzly and foggy conditions. It was the Mavericks, as they have throughout their winning streak, that came up with just enough for the win.
In the bottom of the eighth and one out, LCC's Joey Burke walked. Chris Fuller then singled to left, putting runners on first and second. Michael Scharbarth hit a chopper to third base, and the hurried throw to first was wild — Rancho Bernardo's sixth error of the game — allowing Burke to score the winning run.
"With the records we put up, this has to be one of the greatest teams ever in San Diego," LCC coach Justin Machado said. "I'll probably never have a team like this the rest of my career. They were a coach's dream."
In the top of the eighth, Rancho Bernardo loaded the bases with two out, but Brian Wilson hit a long fly out to left to end the inning.
Rancho Bernardo (27-6) was making its fifth straight title game appearance. RB won three straight titles from 1999-2001 and has finished runner-up the past two seasons.
Rancho Bernardo took a 4-3 lead in the sixth inning. At that point, the Broncos had only two hits in the game and LCC had one. David Morehead delivered an RBI double, making the score 3-2. Roberto Lopez scored on a wild pitch to tie the game at 3-3. A balk allowed Morehead to score the go-ahead run, putting Rancho up 4-3.
LCC tied it in the bottom of the sixth when Peter Bethea, who had walked, scored on a wild pitch.
LCC had a chance to win it in the bottom of the seventh, but the potential winning run was cut down in a rundown between third and home. Scott Clement was hit by a pitch, the fifth HBP of the game. Nick Diehl was then hit by a pitch, putting runners at first and second. Nick Burke delivered a sharply hit single to center, but Clement was hung up and eventually tagged out at home to end the threat.
"This is just the greatest feeling in my life," LCC junior Nick Burke said after the victory. "Our seniors have been working for this for three years."