Baseball (7-10, 5-1)
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 BurzellFirebrand Media LLC wants comments that advance the discussion, and we need your help to accomplish this mission. Debate and disagreement are welcomed on our platforms but do it with respect. We won't censor comments we disagree with. Viewpoints from across the political spectrum are welcome here. While everyone is entitled to their opinion, our community is not obliged to host all comments shared on its website or social media pages, including:
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