Breakers Set Triple Record
Baseball (18-2, 8-0)
Laguna 25, Saddleback 1
At Saddleback on Tuesday, April 16, Grant Wilhelm pitched four innings, striking out nine as Laguna won their record tying 14th consecutive game of the season in the victory over the Roadrunners. The run total was the second highest in Laguna history and the margin of victory ranks third best in 75 seasons. Laguna set a team game record with four triples (Grand Pre, Nunis, Hester, Will McInerny) and with 58 plate appearances. Laguna had a season high 18 hits and received 10 walks. Saddleback committed seven errors to help Laguna’s cause.
Laguna 9, Estancia 0
Breakers recorded their sixth shutout of the season in a contest played Friday afternoon at a windy Estancia field. Jackson Rees pitched five innings giving up two hits for his seventh win of the season. Cole Millerd and Grant Wilhelm each threw an inning of relief. Breakers scored in the second inning when Blake Hester singled, Richie Nunis slammed a ball that nearly took out the pitcher. Jackson Rees doubled and Laguna led 2-0. Two more runs were added in the third inning when a Nunis hit brought home Robbie Mcinerny. Blake Hester later scored and it was 4-0. Laguna added three more in the fifth with Estancia giving up four hits and a walk to help Laguna. Sixteen hits for the game is a season high.
Next week: The league title is on the line when the Breakers face off with Calvary Chapel (11-7, 6-1) on Tuesday, April 23, 7 p.m. at Lemmon Field at Windrow Park in Irvine. The Eagles are defending league champs and are very capable to derail Laguna’s season. Admission is free.
Statistical Leaders through April 16 (20 games)
Batting Average: .432 Steven Harrison, .410 Blake Hester, .404 Richie Nunis, .351 Wilhelm
Hits: 25 Preston Grand Pre, 21 – Nunis 20 – Wilhelm
Runs Scored: 19 Preston Grand Pre
RBI’s : 19 Richie Nunis
Doubles : 7 Grant Wilhelm
Triples 2 Robbie Mcinerny, Preston Grand Pre
Home Runs: 3 Steven Harrison
Slugging % .757 Steven Harrison
Stolen Bases 8 Robbie McInerny, 7 – Preston Grand Pre
Pitching Wins: 7 Jackson Rees, 6 -Kurt Rebone
ERA: 0.70 Jackson Rees
Team ERA 1.26
Team Batting Average: .336
SSCIF Division 4 Poll for 4/15
1 – Oaks Christian, 2 – Kaiser, 3 – Northview, 4 – Laguna Beach, 5 – Sonora, 6 – San Dimas, 7 – Monrovia, 8 – Nogales, 9 – Montclair, 10 – Don Lugo. Others: No Torrance, Ramona, El Rancho, Baldwin Park
Boys Golf (5-9, 3-4)
Laguna defeated Costa Mesa 207-228 on April 11. Only two league matches remain with league leader Estancia ( 6-1) on April 23 and Costa Mesa (0-6) on April 24.
Boys Tennis (6-9, 5-1)
Laguna bounced back from their loss to Estancia by defeating Laguna Hills 12-6 in a non-league match using the full squad. Breakers continue non-league action with Palm Springs on April 18 and Beckman on April 22. League play concludes at Godinez on April 23 and Costa Mesa on April 25. Playoffs begin May 7 for Wild Cards and first round on May 8.
SSCIF D-4 Poll for 4/15
1 – Wilson/Hacienda Heights, 2 – JW North, 3 – Estancia, 4 – Laguna Beach, 5 – Redlands, 6 – Garden Grove, 7 – Paramount, 8 – Santa Ynez, 9 – Laguna Blanca, 10 – Cate. Others: Santiago/GG, Segerstrom, ML King.
Track (3-0 League Boys, Girls)
Breakers took care of one of the league contenders, defeating Calvary Chapel at Eric Hulst Oval on April 11. Breakers league showdown will be on April 25 at Godinez with the always strong Grizzlies.
Boys Varsity 90 Calvary 43
Jack Crawford, 1600; Nat Lancaster, 100; Casey Koprowski, 3200; Charles Warner, 300 hurdles; Avery Crowl, long and triple jump; Kailar Pike, high jump; Drake Martinez, shot put.
Girls Varsity 86 Calvary 32
Janie Crawford, 1600, 200 triple jump; Jo Abarca, 400; Livie Clark, 800; Coco Putnam, 300 hurdles;
Monica White, high jump; Lesly Aguilar, disc; Jane Wallin, shot put.
Swimming (3-0 League Boys, Girls)
Breakers cruised to another league win on April 10 at the local pool.
Boys Varsity 117 Calvary 53
Boys took 10 of 11 events. Max Morgan was a double winner going 1:58.63 in the 200 Free and 52.89 in the 100 Free. Erik Juliusson won the 100 Fly 55.20 and the 100 back 56.22.
Girls Varsity 131 Calvary 24
Makenzie Fischer won the 200 Free 2:01.07 and the 100 Free in 56.79. Abby Cohn was a double winner too taking the 200 IM in 2:29.00 and the 100 Breast in 1:15.62. Breakers won all eight individual events and the three relays.
Softball (4-14, 1-2)
Laguna dropped two straight games losing on a seventh inning pass ball at Estancia 10-9 on Thursday, April 11 and 7-1 to Calvary at home on Monday, April 15.
Boys Volleyball (13-6, 6-0)
Breakers got a pair of league wins extending their school-record consecutive league set (game) streak to 104 with a 25-16, 25-13, 25-10 sweep of Costa Mesa on April 11 and a 25-15, 25-16, 25-19 sweep of Saddleback on April 16. Maxx McCarter was the kill leader with 13 against Mesa and nine against Saddleback. Laguna has now won 44 consecutive Orange Coast League matches, second longest league win streak in school history.
SSCIF D-II Poll for April 15
1 – Esperanza, 2 – Laguna Beach, 3 – Oak Park, 4 – Santa Barbara, 5 – San Marcos, 6 – San Marcos, 7 – Claremont, 7 – Long Beach Poly, 8 – Lakewood, 9 – Burroughs/Burbank, 10 – Oaks Christian.
Dana Hills (# 3 OC, # 6 SSCIF D-1) Friday, April 19, Dugger Gym. JV will start at 4:30 with varsity afterwards. Both will be very competitive high-level matches. OC # 5 Breakers will travel to fourth-ranked Esperanza on Wednesday, May 1 for a possible preview of the SSCIF D-II finals when they face off with the Aztecs in the final regular season match of the year. Start time will be about 5:45 p.m. Mark your calendar for the 30th annual Alumni Match - Friday May 3 at Dugger Gym.
Photos by Robert Campbell