Baseball (19-6, 14-0) League Champions
Tuesday, May 12: Laguna 9, Godinez 5
Breakers rallied past third place Godinez (10-15, 8-6) in a game played at the Grizzly campus this past Tuesday, May 12. Cole Coscino pitched the first 3 2/3 innings only to get into a jam in the fourth inning as he left with the bases loaded, two outs and the score tied. Zak Kovacic came in for the second day in a row picking up the third out. Breakers took the lead in the fifth inning, adding insurance runs in the sixth and seventh innings to seal the win giving Kovacic his second victory in as many days. He also had a good day at bat with two key hits driving in four runs. Breakers have now won 48 consecutive league games.
Monday, May 11: Laguna 7, Calvary Chapel/SA 6 – 9 innings
In one of the most exciting comebacks in recent history, Laguna engineered an improbable two-out rally to stun the visiting Eagles this past Monday, May 11, in a rain-makeup contest.
Breakers took an early 3-0 lead only to have the Eagles tie the contest in the third inning. Laguna led 4-3 into the sixth inning but gave up a run to Calvary on a judgement error that allowed Calvary’s Patrick Glasgow to score from third. Laguna had the potential winning run in scoring position both in the sixth and eight innings but could not generate the necessary game-winning hit.
Ashton Goddard pitched for Laguna going nearly eight innings before being relieved by John Ogden with two on and two outs. Calvary’s Daniel Morales lined out to Anthony Norelli to end the threat. In the ninth inning, Zak Kovacic took the mound for Laguna giving up a lead-off double to Michael Capocciana. The next batter, John Portillo basted a right field home run that sent the Calvary fans and players into a frenzy. Kovacic gave up one more hit before settling down and the Breakers recorded three quick outs on a left field fly ball and two ground balls to short.
The dramatic bottom of the ninth started with Alex Baker taking base after being hit by a pitch. Norelli took his place on a fielder’s choice followed by the second out on a fly ball to left field. Jake Smith doubled scoring Norelli, cutting the Calvary lead to one. Jeff Bruyntjens singled scoring Smith and clearly shifting the momentum to the home team. Cole Coscino singled sending batter Jack Simon to the plate. Simon left no doubt as his thunderous blast off the left field fence easily scored Bruyntjens, sending the Laguna players into delirium and Calvary’s contingent into stunned silence
Laguna concluded the regular season hosting Godinez this past Thursday barring a weather delay. Division 4 CIF baseball playoff pairings will post on Monday, May 11, 11 a.m. at www.cifss.org. Breakers will host their opening contest on Friday, May 22, 3 p.m. at Skipper Carrillo Field.
SSCIF D-4 Poll for May 11: 1 – California, 2 – South Torrance, 3 – Don Lugo, 4 – West Torrance 5 – Ramona, 6 – Serrano, 7 – Laguna Beach, 8 – San Gorgonio, 9 – Kaiser, 10 – St Bonaventure, Others: Burroughs/Ridgecrest, Sonora, La Habra, Troy.
Statistical Leaders after 25 games:
Batting Average: .383 Cal Cochran, .373 Jake Smith, .368 Zak Kovacic
Hits: 29 – Anthony Norelli, 26 – Dante Faicchio
Doubles: 11 – Dante Faicchio, 10 – Jake Smith
Runs: 27 – Anthony Norelli
Stolen Bases: 12 – Anthony Norelli
RBI – 20 – Jeff Bruyntjens, 18 – Jake Smith
Innings Pitched: 45.1 – Ashton Goddard, 40.1 – Blake Burzell, 23.2 – Will Mcinerny
ERA: 2.47 – Ashton Goddard (6-2), 2.66 – Will McInerny (4-0), 2.95 – Blake Burzell (5-3)
Strikeouts: 35 – Ashton Goddard, 27 – Blake Burzell
Team Batting Ave is .331
Team ERA is 3.66