Mater Dei News

Mater Dei inspired by young ‘survivor’

By Kevin J. Farmer, Special to the U-T 10:59 p.m.May 25, 2013

Mater Dei Catholic 2, Valley Center 0

They did it for a lot of reasons — but most importantly, they did it.

Inspired by their 11-year-old “survivor,” Carli Gastineau, Mater Dei Catholic captured its fourth straight San Diego Section Division IV softball title by downing Valley Center 2-0 on Saturday at UC San Diego.

“The first couple (titles) were for someone that passed away; this one we were playing for someone right here with us,” said Mater Dei coach Mike Centrullo. “Our inspiration was right in the dugout.”

Before the season the Crusaders “adopted” Gastineau, a Make-A-Wish child who has survived 11 surgeries and twice her parents were told not to expect her to live through the night.

With inspiration like that, Mater Dei pitchers Alexis Morales and Kellie White finished the season by throwing 37 scoreless innings, including outscoring playoff opponents 7-0.

They combined for a three-hit shutout in the finals. Hana Gilbert got all three hits for the fourth-seeded Jaguars.

The No. 3 Crusaders (25-7) took the lead in the third inning when Avery Finch scored on a controversial illegal pitch.

Finch, along with Kimberly Tamayo and Taylor Cruse, celebrated their fourth title as varsity starters.

“Carli made the difference this year,” said Cruse. “Her example made us work even harder.”

Mater Dei Catholic Winter Sports All CIF – All Mesa League Selections


Crusader Comment – It’s a 3Peat

Mater Dei Wins 3rd Straight CIF-San Diego Section Softball Title

The MDCHS Lady Crusaders defeated Madison, 7 – 3, on Saturday, May 26 to win their 3rd straight CIF Division IV Softball Championship.  Behind the pitching of freshman Alexis Morales and the grandslam homerun and 5 RBI game of senior Maritza Lopez-Portillo, the Lady Crusaders went undefeated in the CIF double-elimination playoffs to capture their 3rd title in a row.

2012 Mater Dei Catholic High School Lady Crusader Softball Team Back Row: Coach David Girard, Coach Alana Ford, Head Coach Mike Centrullo, Coach Johnny Tamayo, Coach Amber Baker, Coach Mike Cruse Players (left to right standing) Taylor Cruse, 11th; Amanda Idiaquez, 9th; Dalia Chavez, 10th; Anissa Carrillo, 9th; Lindsey Finch, 10th; Reyna Jamison, 9th; Skania Lemus, 11th; Alexis Morales, 9th (left to right sitting) Maritza Lopez-Portillo, 12th; Sabrina Persona, 11th; Avery Finch, 11th; Veronica Vargas, 12th; Kimberly Tamayo, 11th

Crusader Comment – Andrew Martinez

Andrew Martinez, Mater Dei Catholic High

Four years ago, an adolescent boy geared up for a football game. He threw 3 touchdown passes in the opening round of the Saints Alumni-Parochial Varsity Football Championship tourney and sealed his team, St. Rose of Lima, a spot in the tournament’s semi-finals. This athlete was none other than Andrew Martinez,

who despite suffering a broken finger, continued to play, and determined to lead his team to victory. He waited until after all games in order to be rushed to the hospital, and his success earned him a spot on the All-County team. This grammar school highlight can be used to sum up his past 4 years as a Mater Dei Crusader. In 2010, he was selected All-Metro Mesa 1st Team Defense in football.

With a reputation as one of the toughest players on the field, Martinez works day in and day out to lead his team to victory. A captain on the practice field, Martinez encourages his fellow players with chants and cheers in order to raise the tempo of practice. Andrew is used as a type of utility player on the team. He starts at Middle Linebacker, but has been seen playing TE on the opposite side of the ball, as well as making bone-shattering hits as a punt coverage specialist and special teams player. These feats have earned Martinez looks from colleges including Boise State, UNLV, New Mexico State as well as others where he wishes to play not one, but two varsity sports.

One sport is not enough for Martinez. Andrew prides himself on being an athlete, one who can excel in several different sports. A standout 1st baseman in baseball, Martinez was offered a scholarship to San Diego State based on his skills early in his sophomore year. He has verbally committed to State although he says his options are open and he hopes to find a school where he does not have to be limited to a single sport. Stories are frequently told about his baseball exploits including his infamous home-run swing, which strikes fear into the hearts of opposing pitchers. This swing has earned Andrew a spot on the Tampa Bay Devil Rays scout team where he continues to play 1st base.

As if football and baseball were not enough, Martinez has also been known to play basketball. At St. Rose of Lima in 6th grade, Andrew made the Parochial JV All-County Basketball team at the Saints Alumni Basketball Championships. He holds this as one of his highest accomplishments of his middle school career and notes that his team ended up winning the tournament.

When asked about his free time, Martinez quickly pointed out that balancing school and sports leave him few idle moments. When he does have a free moment, Andrew likes to help out his church, St. Rose of Lima.

SDPSN Staff Writer: Jack Fernandes ’12 – Senior / Mater Dei Catholic H.S.