Ron Dargo, 69, who pitched Crawford High to the 1962 San Diego Section baseball championship, passed away recently at his home in Spring Valley.
Dargo, a lefthander, and John Allison, who pitched from the right side, led a late-season Colts playoff push after they finished second to San Diego in the Eastern League race.
The Colts, who finished with a 19-6 record, defeated lefty Dave Varvel and El Capitan, 9-0, as Dargo completed a seven-inning shutout in the championship game at Westgate Park, home of the Pacific Coast League San Diego Padres.
Dargo hurled one of Crawford’s two other postseason victories. He surrendered three runs in the first inning in the first playoff against Helix but pitched shutout, two-hit ball the rest of the way and beat the Highlanders and their ace, George Sherrod, 4-3.
Dargo went on to pitch for coach Ed Sanclemente at San Diego City College and Mesa College and for Lyle Olsen at San Diego State. He led the Aztecs with 95 innings pitched, 12 starts, and 8 victories in 1967.
“Ron had a good fastball and curve, was a very good hitter, and a great teammate, remembered Tom Whelan, who was Dargo’s catcher at Crawford and at San Diego State.
Following college, Dargo embarked on a long military career. He retired as a U.S. Navy Commander and became active in the local sports fishing industry.