San Diego, CA, April 19, 2018 --(PR.com
)-- Santa Fe Christian’s (SFC) baseball team will be playing at Petco Park on Saturday, April 21 at 4 pm against Maranatha Christian. Partnering with CIF, Petco Park allows high school teams to play at the park and has since 2008. This is the fourth time SFC has been asked to play in the big league park. A highlight of the past is the year the Eagles played at Petco Park in the hands, well arm, of Chase Bushor (SFC Class of 2014). In 2014, the Eagles took on the Bishop’s Knights. Then, Senior Chase Bushor took the mound and struck-out 13 of the Knights’ batters on the way to an 8-0 win and a no-hitter. That no-hitter could be considered the second no-hitter thrown in Petco Park history. The first coming from San Francisco Giants pitcher Tim Lincecum, who threw a no-hitter on July 13, 2013, when the Giants beat the Padres 9-0. The Padres are currently the only team in Major League Baseball history to have never thrown a no-hitter. Bushor was able to accomplish that feat as a senior in high school! Bushor and Lincecum are linked together in more ways than this no-hitter. They both played baseball in the PAC-12 conference. Lincecum with the Washington Huskies and Bushor for the University of Southern California Trojans.
Chase Bushor is not the only former Eagle on this year’s Trojan roster. He is joined by Dillon Paulson (SFC Class of 2015). Bushor, a business administration major, is the starting shortstop while Paulson, also a business administration major, is the starting first baseman. When Paulson was at SFC he led the state in RBIs in 2014 with 47. So far during his career at USC, he has played in 109 games with a batting average of .227. He has knocked-in 46 RBI’s and has hit 8 home runs. Paulson decided on USC because “It was a perfect fit for my goals academically and athletically. It’s a great academic school and has one of the best histories for baseball of any school in the country.” Bushor, on the other hand, took a different route to USC than Paulson. While at SFC Bushor was a two-time CIF champ. “Playing baseball at USC was my dream for as long as I can remember,” Bushor said. “It was a very tough decision for me coming out of high school but I decided that Georgetown was initially going to be a better opportunity for me. It was the best decision I ever made and I’ll never forget my time at Georgetown. When I had surgery after my sophomore season I found out I would miss my entire junior year. God works in mysterious ways. What I thought was the worst thing ended up being such a blessing. I now get to be a Trojan and live the dream I had as a kid.” Bushor is currently hitting .277 in his combined collegiate career.
The Trojans are 16-12 so far this season. Chase Bushor and Dillon Paulson both agree that their team is confident in their abilities to compete for a PAC-12 championship. They both think it is great to be playing with one another again. Paulson said, “It’s the best! Chase was one of my best friends at SFC so to be able to play on the same field as him again has been absolutely awesome!” Bushor had a similar sentiment, “It’s so awesome being able to play with DP again. We became very close in high school my Junior and Senior year, so being able to be on the field with him again is special. Being a year older than him I always treated him as a younger brother even though he is bigger than me and it’s been really cool to see how he has grown as a man and as a baseball player. I’m excited to see where his baseball career takes him!”
Both of these former Eagles have fond memories of their baseball career at SFC. Bushor said, “My favorite memory at SFC has to be winning CIF my sophomore year. That was a special year. Being able to play with and learn from Bobby Zarubin (Class of 2012) and Josh Estill (Class of 2012) was a great experience for me. They were tremendous role models for me and they will be lifetime friends.” Zarubin went on to play at Stanford and recorded an ERA of 2.23 in 17 appearances, while Estill played at Purdue and Cal State Fullerton with a career batting average of .282. Paulson mentioned Bushor’s no-hitter as his favorite SFC memory. The Eagles will hope for a similar outcome when they play at Petco on the 21st.
About Santa Fe Christian Schools
Santa Fe Christian Schools (http://www.sfcs.net) is a private preschool through 12th grade college preparatory school located in Solana Beach, California. SFC was awarded the National Blue Ribbon Award as an Exemplary High Performing School by the Department of Education for all three schools, the Lower School, Middle School and most recently the Upper School. The School has a 100% four-year college acceptance rate and graduates are accepted into top colleges and universities across the nation. SFC is accredited by both the Western Association of Schools and Colleges and Association of Christian Schools International.