Pitchers Tyler Macrae of Laguna Beach and Rancho Mission Viejo's
Eric Peruzzi dominated the action early.
Both pitchers allowed one base hit and didn't allow a base runner
past first base in the first two innings.
Laguna's Alek Burk and Chris Goforth of Rancho Mission Viejo each
singled to right field in the first two innings.
The game turned in Rancho Mission Viejo's favor in the third
Cole Patterson walked and Kyle Engelbrecht had an infield single
before leadoff hitter Nate Elorreaja's sacrifice bunt advanced the
runners. Rancho's next three batters -- Goforth, Peruzzi and Sean
Wakeman -- came up with successive singles which led to four runs and
a 4-0 lead.
Laguna's Tyler Pierce singled in the bottom of the fourth but was
Macrae held Rancho hitless in the fourth and fifth innings, giving
Laguna an opportunity to get back into the game.
In the bottom of the fifth, Alex Loechner was hit by a pitch,
Austin Paxson singled to left field and both runners advanced a base
on a passed ball.
Austin Hilleman scored Loechner on an infield grounder to narrow
the gap to 4-1.
Peruzzi ended Laguna's attempted rally with consecutive strikeouts
to end the inning.
Rancho got the run back in the top of the sixth, using two base
hits to produce a run for a 5-1 edge.
Laguna played an error-free game defensively and was led by Burk
at shortstop, Pierce in centerfield, Michael Hyden at first base and
Keaton Jones at second.