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Breakers hold off Eagles

March 31, 2006|By Mike Sciacca

The Laguna Beach High baseball team staked its way to an early lead against Calvary Chapel Friday, then held off a late rally by the visiting Eagles to post an 8-6 victory Friday in Pacific Coast League action.

The win earned the Breakers a split with the Eagles during the past week, who scored a 2-1 victory two days earlier.

The two games marked the start of league play for both schools.

Laguna never trailed in the game, using a three-run output in the bottom of the first inning.

Ryan Landry drew a lead-off walk and went on to score on a one-out double by Dominick Robusto. Noah Brewster followed with a two-run home run over the fence in left field.

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Calvary Chapel scored its first run in the third inning, using a hit batter and three singles, to narrow the gap to 3-1.

Laguna seemingly gained command of the game by scoring four more runs in the bottom of the third to increase its league to 7-1. Brewster, Garrett Rauch, Kevin Kelly and Dalton Sype pieced together consecutive single, with Sype getting an RBI. Sam Palfreyman scored another run with a fielder's choice and Calvin Mead hit a bases-loaded double off the fence in centerfield to bring home two more runs.

But Calvary Chapel didn't fold. The Eagles added five runs in the top of the fourth, getting those runs on three-run and two-run home runs.

Calvin Mead, who played in centerfield throughout the game, relieved Laguna starter Nathan Pickett. He proceeded to strike out the next two Eagles batters to end the rally and preserve a 7-6 lead.

Laguna Beach gained some breathing room in the bottom of the sixth. Ryan Landry had a lead-off double and one out later, Robusto hit a fly ball to the warning track in right field, which resulted in the second out of the inning. On the play, Landry was obstructed as he attempted to tag-up from second base, and the throw to third base got past the Calvary Chapel third baseman. Landry was awarded third base on an obstruction call, and home on the ball out of play throw.

Mead faced another test in the top of the seventh, but managed to get out of a jam that saw Eagles runners at the corners by inducing a two-out, fly ball to left field for the final out of the game.

"Calvin came up big with the double that drove in two runs and then came up even bigger in relief," Laguna Coach Dave Dopf said.

Mead finished the game with 3 2/3 shutout innings and allowed a hit, walk and two hit batters.

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