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Laguna nears record mark

Despite dropping first and second games of the year, baseball team is just one win shy of school wins mark for a season.

April 07, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

The Laguna Beach baseball team has set the new standard for the program.

A stirring run to begin the 2011 season caught the eye of many who — outside Laguna circles — didn't really take much notice of the Breakers before the season's first pitch. That all changed when Laguna ran off 14 victories to establish a new school record and creep into the CIF Southern Section Division 4 rankings, where it currently holds down the No. 5 spot.

The Breakers picked up victory No. 12 March 31 by walloping visiting Saddleback, 25-0, in an Orange Coast League game. The streak grew two more games when the Breakers opened play at the Anaheim Lions Tournament on Saturday with wins over Ramona (7-5) and Peninsula (2-0). It ended, however, Monday in a 6-1 tournament loss at Pacifica of Garden Grove. On Tuesday, the Breakers were edged by host Sunny Hills, 8-7, in another tournament game.

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Laguna got back on the winning track Wednesday by defeating Villa Park in eight innings, 7-5, to complete a 3-2 run in the tournament.

"I was pleased with how we did, although we didn't close that one game against Sunny Hills," Coach Jeff Sears said. "We played a lot of baseball in a very short period and it's tough to go to school, get your homework done and then play a game. It's about time management and that can be tough to teach young kids. It was nice to see us end the tournament with a win over Villa Park."

Laguna 7, Ramona 5: Laguna took a 4-0 lead through 4 1/2 innings, but Ramona scored four runs in the bottom of the fifth to tie, then the Breakers outscored the Rams, 3-1, over the final two innings for the win in their opening game of the Lions Tournament on Saturday. Senior Eric Peruzzi tripled and doubled and freshman Steven Harrison and junior Alex Iannotti also doubled. Sophomore Robbie McInerny (1-0) got his first win of the season in relief of starter Jake Herbert.

Laguna 2, Peninsula 0: In their second tournament game Saturday, senior Keaton Jones (1-0) got the win behind a three-hitter and tripled on offense and Chris Paul also tripled to get the Breakers, who scored two runs in the bottom of the first inning, past the Panthers.

Pacifica/Garden Grove 6, Laguna 1: The Breakers fell behind, 3-0, and host Pacifica pulled away by scoring three runs in the sixth Monday to hand the error-plagued Breakers their first loss of the season. Chris Paul doubled and suffered his first loss (4-1) of the season.

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