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High School Sports Update

 

Baseball (21-2, 12-0)

Zak Kovacic got the start against Godinez at home on Tuesday, May 6. Credit: Robert Campbell

Zak Kovacic got the start against Godinez at home on Tuesday, May 6.
Credit: Robert Campbell

Laguna Streaks to 31, Edging Opponents

Callan Cochran appears to avoid the tag at home but the umpire called him out to end a second inning Breaker rally at home against Godinez on Tuesday, May 6.

Callan Cochran appears to avoid the tag at home but the umpire called him out to end a second inning Breaker rally at home against Godinez on Tuesday, May 6. Photo credit Robert Campbell.

Preston GrandPre connects for a two-run double in the second to put Laguna up 3-2 against Godinez at home on Tuesday, May 6.

Preston GrandPre connects for a two-run double in the second to put Laguna up 3-2 against Godinez at home on Tuesday, May 6. Photo credit Robert Campell.

Godinez frustrated Laguna on Tuesday, May 6, at Skipper Carrillo Field holding the Breakers to a slim 6-5 victory.

Breakers were tied entering the final inning after an RBI double by Grant Wilhelm in the sixth inning and got the rally started in the seventh when Steven Harrison doubled. Breakers loaded the bases and won when Harrison was walked home. Laguna hit well for the game with 12 hits and also had five walks and six stolen bases but could not generate the runs.

 

Last Friday, May 2, Grant Wilhelm pitched five innings to earn his ninth victory and tied the Laguna career win mark with his 20th. Breakers were up 5-1 when Wilhelm left the mound and Laguna nearly blew the victory, holding off Calvary for a 5-3 win. Host Eagles scored two runs in the final inning in a contest played at Vanguard University. Breakers were facing a one-out, bases loaded situation, but Calvary hit into a double play to snuff the rally.

 

Looking ahead: Laguna faces third place Godinez (6-6, 12-11) at Godinez on Thursday, May 8, then completes the regular season with a series with Costa Mesa next week at Laguna on Tuesday, May 13, and at Costa Mesa on Thursday, May 15.

 

Statistical Leaders through May 6 (23 games)

Batting Average:                         .482         Richie Nunis, .480 Grant Wilhelm, .405 Preston Grand Pre

Hits:                                              41          Richie Nunis, 36 – Grant Wilhelm, 34- Preston Grand Pre

Runs Scored:                              31          Preston Grand Pre

RBI’s :                                           31          Richie Nunis

Doubles :                                                         13          Grant Wilhelm

Triples                                             2           Grant Wilhelm, Dante Faicchio

Home Runs:                                   4           Steven Harrison

Slugging %                                   .746          Grant Wilhelm

On Base %                                   .543          Jake Smith

Stolen Bases                                  28          Preston Grand Pre

Pitching Wins:                               9           Grant Wilhelm

ERA:                                              0.95          Will McInerny, 1.12 Grant Wilhelm

Team ERA                                     1.78

Team Batting Average:               .387          (11 of 14 players hitting above .300)

 

Shortstop Preston GrandPre tags out a Godinez runner attempting to steal second, ending the inning and a Grizzlies rally at two runs. Photo by Robert campbell

Shortstop Preston GrandPre tags out a Godinez runner attempting to steal second, ending the inning and a Grizzlies rally at two runs. Photo by Robert campbell

Updated detailed individual baseball statistics are posted on the MaxPreps web-site:

http://www.maxpreps.com/high-schools/laguna-beach-breakers-(laguna-beach,ca)/baseball/home.htm

 

SSCIF D-4 Rankings for May 5: 1 – Kaiser, 2 – Sonora, 3 – San Dimas, 4 – Oaks Christian, 5 – Torrance, 6 – South Torrance, 7 – Laguna Beach, 8 – California, 9 – La Sierra, 10 – Alhambra, others: Don Lugo, Victor Valley, Granite Hills.

 

Playoffs: Pairings will be released on Monday, May 19, at www.cifss.org and the first playoff game will be at Laguna on Thursday, May 22.

 

Boys Golf (5-11, 4-5 Third Place)

The individual league tournament was May 5-6 at Skylinks in Long Beach. Daniel Dimaculangan from Calvary Chapel won the league title.

 

Girls Sand Volleyball (7-3, 5-1)

The playoffs began Wednesday, May 7, with Laguna facing Notre Dame Academy at Dockweiler Beach with the winner advancing to meet San Marcos of Santa Barbara on Thursday, May 8, also at Dockweiler. For more information see the IBVL website at: http://www.ibvl.org/.

 

 

Softball (5-16, 3-4)

Breakers appear headed to finish fourth place dropping a 6-3 game at Estancia (14-4, 5-1). Breakers swept Saddleback last week with a pair of victories winning 14-1 on Wednesday, April 30, and 11-1 on Thursday, May 1, at Thurston. Season concludes on Tuesday, May 13, with Godinez and Thursday, May 15, at Costa Mesa.

 

Swimming (Boys 5-0 League, Girls 5-0 League)

Laguna swimmers defeated Saddleback 130-40 for boys and 136-33 for girls to complete the dual meet season undefeated. The league meet finals were to be held at Costa Mesa on Thursday, May 8. The SSCIF D-3 finals are Thursday, May 15, at Riverside Aquatics Complex. Last year the girls were second and the boys third at the championships.

 

Boys Tennis (11-6, 8-0)

Laguna had an easy time with Costa Mesa winning 17-1 on Thursday, May 1, to complete the league season undefeated. Breakers lost a pair on non-league matches falling 14-4 at Newport Harbor on Wednesday, April 30, and 12-6 to Palm Springs on Sunday, May 4. League individuals were held this past week and the CIF D-4 pairings will be released on Monday, May 12.

 

Track (Boys 5-0, Girls 5-0)

League finals were set for Laguna this past Thursday, May 8. The CIF preliminaries for Division 4 are at Carpinteria High School on Saturday, May 17, with the finals at Cerritos College on Saturday, May 24.

 

Boys Volleyball (19-3, 10-0)

Laguna finishes 11th at Redondo

Breakers were cruising in the ninth place match Saturday at Mira Costa High School, leading El Segundo 24-19 and serving set point only to give up six straight points to lose 26-24 to the Eagles. Laguna’s passing broke down late in the second set and lost 25-15. Earlier in the tournament, Laguna swept their pool, beating La Jolla 25-21, 25-17, Santa Monica 25-19, 25-16, and El Segundo 25-18, 25-17. In the Gold Division playoffs on Saturday, Breakers were flat against Dana Hills losing 18-25, 25-21, 15-13, but bounced back to beat Servite 25-23, 25-11. Against the Dophins, Laguna led the second set most of the way, but faded after Dana tied the set at 18 to pull away. Laguna led set three 7-4 at one point before getting out scored 9-6. For the tournament, Jack Wyett hit .397 with 65 kills from the outside while Noah Blanton had 35 kills.

 

In league play, Laguna swept Costa Mesa 25-19, 25-12, 25-16 on Tuesday, May 2, at the Mustang Gym. Ten different players recorded kills led by Jack Wyett’s 12. Breakers have won 28 league crowns since 1974 and eight straight in OCL play going 73-1 all time in matches. The sweep also extended Laguna’s consecutive league set victory streak to 146. The all-time school on-the court league match win record is 93 consecutive matches set between 1990-1999 in Pacific Coast League play. The current streak is at 58.

 

SSCIF D-2 Rankings for May 5: 1 – San Marcos, 2 – Esperanza, 3 – Laguna Beach, 4 – El Segundo, 5 – South Torrance, 6 – Oak Park, 7 – Santa Barbara, 8 – Dos Pueblos, 9 – Burroughs/Burbank, 10 – Long Beach Poly, Others: Lakewood, Foothill, Norco

 

UP NEXT: Breakers had their big match with No. 2 Esperanza this past Wednesday, May 7, and the CIF pairings will be released Friday, May 9, at www.cifss.org. The 31st alumni match will be that evening at 6:30 p.m., Dugger Gym.

 

Southern Section CIF’s first playoff round will be at Laguna on Tuesday, May 13. The second round on Thursday, May 15, the quarter final playoff on Saturday, May 17, the semi final on Wednesday, May 21 and the finals on Saturday, May 24, at Cerritos College. Breakers have advanced to at-least to the quarter final the past 17 years.

 

The Laguna seniors on the team will be missing the school prom this year for the playoffs, due to a scheduling conflict. If Laguna hosts the May 17 match, come show your support at the “Volleyball Prom.”

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