Baseball (15-6, 10-0)
Breakers are one game away from tying the Orange County record for consecutive league wins and already have among the longest league win streaks with 44 in state history. The 15 season wins already ranks sixth best in the team’s 77 seasons of play.
Tuesday, April 28: Laguna 14, Estancia 1
Jake Smith scored two runs and drove in four to lead Laguna to the win at Skipper Carrillo Field. Blake Burzell pitched five scoreless innings allowing only three hits to pick up his fourth win while John Ogden pitched two innings in relief. Breakers scored in five of their six innings of batting starting with Zack Kovacic’s single in the first. Alex Baker added another and Anthony Norelli added a third single in a row scoring Zack.
Jake Smith reached base on a fielder’s choice that saw Estancia throw Baker out at the plate on a left field throw to the catcher. Dante Faicchio and Jeff Bruytjens added two more singles and Laguna led 3-0 after one inning. Smith drove in his first two runs in the second inning and the Breakers continued to hit the rest of the game racking up a season high 16 hits.
Friday, April 24: Laguna 6, Saddleback 1
Ashton Goddard survived a rough first inning where he gave up three hits loading the bases, but was able to pitch out of that jam. He sailed through the next three innings striking out four of the nine batters he faced. Zac Kovacic pitch the next two innings, allowing the Roadrunner’s lone run on a throwing error. John Ogden finished the game cruising through the seventh inning facing only three batters.
Laguna scored their runs early with Cal Cochran leading off with a double to open the game. He scored on a hit by Alex Baker that bounced over their second baseman. Anthony Norelli singled then Jake Smith got on base off an throwing error scoring Baker. Norelli finished the first inning scoring coming home off a hit by Jeff Bruyntjens. It was a similar script in the second inning as Cole Coscino, Cochran, and Baker scored the final runs for the Breakers to earn their ninetieth victory over Saddleback in last twenty encounters with the Santa Ana school.
Laguna concludes their series with Estancia at their field on May 1 and can clinch the league pennant next week with their two game series with second place Calvary already two games out of first place.
SSCIF D-4 Poll for April 27: 1 – West Torrance, 2 – California, 3 – South Torrance, 4 – Don Lugo, 5 – Ramona, 6 – Serrano, 7 – Laguna Beach, 8 – San Gorgonio, 9 – Kaiser, 10 – Troy, others: St. Bonaventure, Burroughs/Ridgecrest. Anaheim
Statistical Leaders after TWENTY ONE Games:
Batting Average: .471 Cal Cochran, .393 Alex Baker, .370 Zak Kovacic
Hits: 23 – Anthony Norelli, 22 – Alex Baker, 20 – Zak Kovacic
Doubles: 8 – Dante Faicchio
Runs: 23 – Anthony Norelli
Stolen Bases: 10 – Anthony Norelli
RBI – 14 – Will McInerney, Alex Baker, Anthony Norelli
Innings Pitched: 33.1 – Blake Burzell, 30.2 – Ashton Goddard, 23.2 – Will McInerney
ERA: 2.66 – Will McInerney (4-0), 2.74 – Ashton Goddard (5-2)
Strikeouts: 24 – Will McInerny, Ashton Goddard, Blake Burzell
Team Batting Ave is .327
Team ERA is 3.89