Breakers broke open a scoreless game on their way to a 20-0 rout of the visiting Colton Yellowjackets (15-12) last Friday afternoon at Skipper Carrillo Field. The victory sent Laguna this past Tuesday, May 26, to Apple Valley to face a tough Granite Hills (17-7) squad from the Desert Sky League (Barstow, Silverado, Victor Valley, Adelanto).
In the second inning, Laguna sent 17 batters to the plate, scoring 11 runs on 11 singles.
Against Colton, freshman standout Blake Burzell (6-3) pitched four innings and allowed two hits to earn the win. In relief, John Ogden pitched one inning, striking out two. Anthony Norelli retired the side in the sixth inning while Zak Kovacic and Ashton Goddard completed the seventh. Breakers had 10 different players collect hits with three each from Cal Cochran, Cole Coscino and Dante Faicchio; and four runs batted in by Zal Kovacic and Cole Coscino.
If Laguna survives the trip to the high desert, quarterfinals will be held on Friday, May 29, against Troy or South Torrance. Semifinals will be Tuesday, June 2. This is Laguna’s seventh straight trip to the playoffs and the program’s 11th since first making the post season in 1952. Breakers lost to last year’s Division 4 champion Torrance 4-3 in the semifinals.
Statistical Leaders after 26 games:
Batting Average: .404 Cal Cochran, .386 Jake Smith, .378 Will McInerny, .377 Zak Kovacic
Hits: 31 – Anthony Norelli, 29 – Dante Faicchio
Doubles: 11 – Dante Faicchio, 10 – Jake Smith
Runs: 31 – Anthony Norelli
Stolen Bases: 12 – Anthony Norelli
RBI – 22 – Jeff Bruyntjens, 18 – Jake Smith
Innings Pitched: 45.2 – Ashton Goddard, 44.1 – Blake Burzell, 23.2 – Will Mcinerny
ERA: 2.45 – Ashton Goddard (6-2), 2.66 – Will McInerny (4-0), 2.68 – Blake Burzell (6-3)
Strikeouts: 35 – Ashton Goddard, 28 – Blake Burzell
Team Batting Ave is .331
Team ERA is 3.52