Grizzlies Stun Breakers, End Win Streak

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The record league win streak of 53 games by Laguna Beach ended last Friday, April 15, with a 7-3 loss at Godinez. The Grizzlies tagged starter Ashton Goddard for 10 hits while the two Grizzly pitchers were able to silence the Laguna batters, limiting the Breakers to just four hits.

Goddard was making only this third appearance of the year, but his last start on March 29 had been brilliant. The junior threw a three hitter, striking out 10 in a 5-0 shutout victory over Division 3 seventh-ranked Woodbridge (12-6). Easy to see why sending him out to face Godinez (1-5, 4-13 entering the contest) looked like a good choice with the Breakers holding a 21-1 series advantage all time with the hosts.

Godinez scored in the first inning then had a break-out third inning to take a 5-0 lead, holding the Breakers off for

the win. Laguna looked like they had a comeback rally going in the final inning but could not sustain the comeback.

Streak Notes: 53 consecutive league wins is an Orange County record and the longest for a public school in the Southern Section and second longest overall. Linfield Christian holds the Southern Section record at 58 (1990-96). Two other schools in Northern California have longer runs. Last loss for Laguna was a 2-1 setback to Calvary Chapel on April 27, 2012. In the 53 games, Laguna outscored their competition 584 to 97 for an 11-2 average score.

Looking ahead (league record):

April 19   @ Costa Mesa (2-5)

April 20   @ Calvary (6-0) – game at TeWinkle Pk

April 22   Costa Mesa (2-5)

April 26   Saddleback (1-6)

April 29 @ Saddleback (1-6)

Statistical Leaders thru 17 Games:

Batting Average:                     .395 – Zak Kovacic & Jeff Bruyntjens

Plate Appearances:                57 – Dante Faicchio

Hits:                                             17 – Jeff Bruyntjens, 15 – Connor Basile, Zak Kovacic, Dante Faicchio

Runs:                                           15 – Connor Basile

RBI’s:                                           10 – Jeff Bruyntjens

Doubles:                                                       7 – Will McInerny

Triples:                                        1 – Faicchio, , Bruyntjens, and Burzell

HR:                                               1 – Connor Basile, Jeff Bruyntjens

Stolen Bases:                            5 – Dante Faicchio

Innings Pitch:                            29.2 – Blake Burzell, 27.2 – Jack Loechner, 22.0 John Ogden, 15.0 A. Goddard

ERA:                                             0.95 – John Ogden, 2.53 – Jack Loechner, 2.83 – Blake Burzell

Strikeouts:                                 27 – Blake Burzell

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