Breakers set wins record

A pair of wins against defending-champion Estancia give Laguna baseball team 17 wins on the season, a single-season program benchmark.

April 14, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Laguna Beach's Travis Clawson catches a fly ball during Tuesday's game against Estancia.
Laguna Beach's Travis Clawson catches a fly ball… (KENT TREPTOW, Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach baseball team is at it again, this time by becoming the winningest team in the program's history.

Wednesday at Estancia, Laguna established the single-season record for victories in a season by defeating the Eagles, 2-0. The win puts the Breakers at 17-2 on the year, with eight league games remaining.

What's more, Laguna (7-0 in Orange Coast League) leads the rest of the Orange Coast League pack by two games.

"We had talked about it and it's nice to set the record," said Laguna Coach Jeff Sears, whose 2010 squad had set the previous single-season record for wins at 16.

The Breakers are ranked fourth this week in CIF Division 4.

The Eagles fell to 8-9 and 3-4 in league.

Senior pitcher Chris Paul (5-1) had a big hand in Wednesday's triumph. The right-hander decided the outcome of the game by delivering a two-out, two-run scoring single in the top of the fifth that gave the Breakers all they would need.


Paul singled sharply up the middle to knock in Larry Stewart and Robbie McInerny for the game's only runs. With one out, Stewart reached base after Estancia catcher Brodie Pearce let strike three get past him and McInerny laid down a perfect bunt that traveled a straight line just inside the third base line to put runners at first and second. Stewart and McInerny each advanced a base on a wild pitch, then Jones walked to load the bases. Paul took a 3-2 pitch to center field for the game-winning hit.

"We call that, 'paying the piper,' " Sears said. "That's when a hitter falls behind the pitcher and Chris came back to make him pay. When he lays the barrel on the ball, look out."

Wednesday's win was the second of the week for the Breakers over Estancia. On Tuesday, they scored a 9-6 victory over the Eagles at Laguna. The Breakers took advantage of eight walks and two hit batters. Sophomore Jackson Rees pitched the first five innings to get his fifth win of the season and run his record to 5-0. Keaton Jones closed the final two innings. Jones also doubled twice and Eric Peruzzi had a double.

Laguna also won the first meeting of the season between the schools, beating the Eagles, 5-1, on March 18 at Estancia. Paul also got the pitching win that day with a one-hit, 12-strikeout performance. He was also on the on the mound and got the win last year when the Breakers defeated Don Lugo to tie the previous school record for single-season wins.

"I have two balls in my bag from those wins," Sears said. "We're lucky to have Chris Paul on the mound in both instances.

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