St Paul Snaps Streak
Baseball (12-1, 4-0)
The Swordsmen’s Aaron Pinto struck-out 12 Laguna batters as the squad from Santa Fe Springs defeated Laguna 4-2 on Wednesday, April 2, at Anaheim’s Boysen Park to stop the current win streak at eight.
Laguna (12-2) took an early 1-0 lead in the third inning as Preston Grand Pre singled to right field, stole second and third, finally to score on a wild pitch. St. Paul tied the score in the third inning and took the lead in the fourth. Grant Wilhelm scored Laguna’s second run in the fifth inning off a Will McInerny hit and the Breakers had two on-base in the seventh inning but were unable to complete the rally.
Laguna returns to league play on Friday, April 4, at 3 p.m. at Skipper Carrillo Field when they host long-time rival Costa Mesa.
Sophomore Zak Kovacic picked up his third win of the season on this past Tuesday, April 1, as Laguna edged a very good West High School squad from Torrance at Amerige Park in Fullerton. Laguna prevailed with great defense by picking off Warrior base runners and sharp fielding from Preston Grand Pre, Dante Faicchio, Will McInerny, and Steven Harrison. Richie Nunis had the catch of the evening in right field to end the game. Laguna scored all three runs off a booming double by Harrison in the third inning, which proved to be enough for the victory. Breakers played their final tournament game on Wednesday, April 2, and returned to league action hosting Costa Mesa (3-8, 1-5) on April 4.
On Monday, March 31, Carter Monacell came up from the JV to pitch a complete game in a 12-0 shutout of Oxford Academy (7-9) in a tournament contest at Loara High School. Laguna had 19 hits in the contest with Grant Wilhelm leading the way with four. Breakers opened the tournament on Saturday defeating Magnolia 4-2 in the morning at Brookhurst Park behind Will McInerny’s complete game. Laguna came back in the nightcap to edge Viewmont, of Bountiful, Utah, 9-8 after blowing a 7-0 lead. Richie Nunis had quite an evening at Boysen Park going two for four at bat, two stolen bases, tying the game on a clutch hit and eventually scoring the winning run.
Last week in league play, Laguna defeated Calvary Chapel 7-2 on Friday, March 28 at TeWinkle Park in Costa Mesa. Grant Wilhelm picked up his fourth win of the season and his third complete game.
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SSCIF D-4 Rankings for March 31: 1 – Kaiser, 2 – San Dimas, 3 – Oaks Christian, 4 – Sonora, 5 – Laguna Beach , 6 – San Marino, 7 – South Torrance, 8 – Torrance, 9 – Don Lugo, 10 – California Others: Burroughs/Ridgecrest, La Habra.
Girls Sand Volleyball (2-2)
Breakers lost to fourth-ranked Huntington Beach (4-0) and No. 9 Mater Dei (3-1) on Saturday, March 29, at the Huntington Beach courts. Against Huntington, Laguna’s top squad of Briana Boyd/Sabrina Stillwell lost 21-16, 15-21, 4-15; the No. 2 team Cameron Dorn/Aspen Rocha lost 10-21, 15-21; and the third team of Sage Patchell/Katelyn Carballo were edged by the Oiler team 19-21, 18-21.
Laguna returns to action on Saturday, April 12, against Saddleback Valley Christian at 11 a.m. and El Toro at 1 p.m. on the Huntington Beach courts.
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Softball (1-13, 0-1)
Girls softball lost to J Serra 32-0 at Thurston on Thursday, March 27, in the biggest setback in the 30 seasons of softball at Laguna. The Lions had 27 hits and held Laguna to a single hit in the five-inning contest.
Swimming (Boys 2-0 League, Girls 2-0 League)
Varsity Boys: Laguna Beach 129, Costa Mesa 41
Varsity Girls: Laguna Beach – 136, Costa Mesa 32
No individual results were provided by the coaches. Next meet was April 2 with Estancia.
Boys Tennis (5-5, 4-0)
Laguna continued to roll through league play with a 17-1 victory over Godinez on March 27 on the Valley High School courts in Santa Ana. Breakers swept all singles and dropped only one doubles match 6-3, using substitutes for the No. 2 doubles team. Breakers completed the first round of league play on Tuesday, April 1, defeating Costa Mesa 14-4 but no details were immediately available. Laguna is to host Palm Springs on Friday, April 4, and El Toro on Tuesday, April 8.
Track (Boys 2-0, Girls 2-0)
Breakers hosted a three-way dual meet this week on Wednesday, April 3, with Calvary and Estancia. The next dual meet is Thursday, April 24, against league rival Godinez at the Hulst Oval.
Boys Volleyball (7-3, 3-0)
Breakers swept Edison 25-19, 25-18, 25-22 on Wednesday March 26 at the loser’s gym. It was Laguna’s fourth consecutive win over the Chargers in their annual non-league match. Jack Burgi was on fire for the Breakers with 16 kills on only 20 swings and added a sole and block assist. Cameron DePfyffer dished out 23 assists while Alec Wulff added 18.
The following day, Laguna won their 50th straight league match with a 25-9, 25-20, 25-11 victory over Saddleback (5-3) at the Roadrunner Gym. Tyler Alter was the top hitter with 14 kills with Jake Hexberg adding 13 kills and four aces. Wulff and DePfyffer each recorded 19 assists.
On Tuesday, April 1, Breakers stopped winless Estancia 25-9, 25-14, 25-15 in a match that lasted less than one hour. Laguna is currently ranked fourth in the county and 10th overall in Southern California.
SSCIF D-II Poll for March 31: 1 – San Marcos, 2 – Foothill, 3 – Laguna Beach, 4 – Oak Park, 5 – Esperanza, 6 – Dos Pueblos, 7 – Santa Barbara, 8 – Burroughs/Burbank, 9 – Long Beach Poly, 10 – South Torrance, Others: Lakewood, Crescenta Valley, El Segundo
Dane Olson was named tournament MVP as Laguna’s junior varsity defeated Corona del Mar 25-15 in the championship of the Tesoro JV Tournament on Saturday, March 29. The junior outside was a perfect four for four in hitting in the final match and led the Laguna team in kills with 61 for the day, hitting a torrid .609 for the event. In the final match, Pete Obradovich slugged out seven kills including the match winner in support. He was key on serve receives, allowing setter Isaac Wulff to spread the attack to the middles and opposite. Breakers defeated Woodbridge, Edison and Beckman in pool play, split two sets with Trabuco Hills before rolling through the playoffs. San Clemente and Santa Margarita failed to make the final four. The victory was the JV team’s third consecutive major tournament win. The squad will defend their title on May 3 at Newport Harbor.