Breakers Blast Godinez
20th consecutive league win and Elks title
Baseball (5-1, 1-0)
Laguna opened the 76th league campaign this past Tuesday, March 18, with a 16-4 victory at Godinez as the squad pounded out 23 hits including home runs by Preston Grand Pre, Richie Nunis, Grant Wilhelm, and Steven Harrison. Wilhelm went four for four in batting and also picked up his third win in the season in five innings of work as the pitcher. Breakers have not lost a league contest since 2012. The home league opener is Friday, March 21, against Saddleback and the squad should extend their streak.
Last weekend, Laguna captured the 11-team Costa Mesa Division of the 31st Newport Elks Tournament, splitting their games at the end of last week. The tournament title is the second for the Breakers in the 20 Elks tournaments they have participated in. Laguna also won the title in 2011 competing in the same Costa Mesa (third of four tournament divisions). Breakers completed their tournament play beginning with a 4-1 victory at Segerstrom on Wednesday, March 12, at the loser’s field. The Jaguars had defeated Laguna in tournament play both in 2011 and 2012 but Grant Wilhelm pitched a complete game striking out eight to lead Laguna to the win for 2014.
Breakers took advantage of three Segerstrom errors in getting their runs on only two hits and three walks for the game. Wilhelm ran into pitching trouble in the second inning, facing seven batters and giving up a 2-out hit that scored the Jag’s only run. In the third and fourth innings, great defensive plays by Steven Harrison at first base highlighted the innings. In the final three innings, Wilhelm pitched near perfect with six strikeouts in 10 batters.
On Friday, March 14, at Westminster, Laguna lost their first game of the season as the Lions edged the Breakers 4-3 as three Laguna errors and other miscues proved costly. Zac Kovacic took the loss (1-1). The squad had eight hits in the outing including four doubles but did not take full advantage of the opportunities.
Updated individual baseball statistics are posted on the MaxPreps web-site:
SSCIF D-4 Rankings for March 17: 1 – Kaiser, 2 – San Dimas, 3 – Sonora, 4 – Oaks Christian, 5 – Torrance, 6 – Laguna Beach, 7 – El Segundo, 8 – El Rancho, 9 – Monrovia, 10 – Anaheim. Others: Pioneer, Alhambra, Fullerton, South Torrance.
Boys Golf (1-4)
The squad won their first match with a 194-199 win over Sage Hill on Monday, March 17, at Aliso Creek. John Graydon had the top score with a 34. League play begins on March 24 at Calvary.
Girls Sand Volleyball (2-0)
Laguna’s 22nd sport opened their inaugural season on Saturday, March 15, on Huntington Beach as the Breakers took a forfeit win over Flintridge Sacred Heart and defeated Santa Monica. Competition format consists of two schools facing off, each with three ranked doubles teams. Sets 1 and 2 are played to 21 points, and if split then the deciding third set is to 15. Laguna’s top team was Briana Boyd and Cameron Dorn, followed by Claire and Olivia Hockaday, and Kendyl Brennan and Lauren La Montange.
Santa Monica scores:
Boyd/Dorn won 21-8, 21-4
Hockaday/Hockaday won 21-6, 21-10
Brennan/La Montagne won 21-9, 21-9
The Interscholastic Beach Volleyball League consists this season of 47 schools in 10 divisions of either four or five schools each. Breakers are in the South Coast Division with El Toro, Saddleback Valley Christian, and Sage Hill.
Laguna will next play on Saturday, March 29, 9 a.m. against Huntington Beach and again at 1 p.m. with Mater Dei. The courts are located near the pier.
Breakers will be fielding a boy’s team in the fall.
The softball squad finished their North Orange County tournament play with an 11-1 loss to Walnut and a close 5-4 defeat from Rowland on March 13 at Lions Field in Fullerton. On Saturday, March 15, in the Costa Mesa Tournament the team split a doubleheader losing to Calvary Chapel 14-5, but bounced back for the season’s first victory with an 11-2 win over Santa Ana Valley. On Tuesday, March 18, the Breakers lost to Fountain Valley, 14-0.
Breakers opened the league dual meet season with Calvary this past Wednesday, March 19. The league showdown with Costa Mesa will be at the home pool on March 26.
Boys Tennis (2-4, 1-0)
Breakers opened Orange Coast action on Tuesday, March 18, with a 15-3 win over Saddleback. Laguna dropped a 12-6 match at Trabuco Hills on Thursday, March 13. The doubles teams of Tim Nguyen/Stearling Dudley-Bowen and Ethan Gee/Jeff Spitz were the only double winners.
Boys Volleyball (3-3)
Laguna dropped a tough 25-19,27-25, 25-21 match to the county’s No. 2 team, Corona del Mar, at the Sea King campus this past Tuesday. Breakers led until mid-way in the first set when CdM scored nine straight points to take control. Laguna led most of the second set but could not convert set point when they had it. Jack Burgi led all Laguna hitters with 12 kills. Cameron DePfyffer and Isaac Wulff shared setting duties with JP Wollam providing some impressive digs in the libero position.
Laguna traveled to the 39th Annual Dos Pueblos tournament at UC Santa Barbara, finishing second to Division II leader San Marcos last Saturday, March 15. Breakers opened the 30-team event defeating division rival Highland 25-13, 25-15, Royal/Simi Valley 25-15, 25-22, and Oxnard 25-13, 25-8. In the final pool match, Laguna held off Notre Dame/Sherman Oaks 25-23, 25-22. The pool matches do not count in the squads official won-loss record.
In the finals, Breakers fell to the top ranked Royals 25-21, 25-20.
Next week Laguna hits the road with matches against Godinez, Edison, and Saddleback.
SSCIF D-II Poll for March 17: 1 – San Marcos, 2 – Esperanza, 3 – Laguna Beach, 4 – Foothill, 5 – Oak Park, 6 – Dos Pueblos, 7 – Santa Barbara, 8 – Burroughs/Burbank, 9 – Long Beach Poly, 10 – South Torrance, Others: El Segundo, Oaks Christian, Santiago/Corona.