COSTA MESA — Coach Matt Sorensen said Estancia High's only real chance to be the first Orange Coast League team to beat Laguna Beach was for starter Chris Paul to hit his pitch count and then leave the game.
Paul threw 112 pitches. He was not coming out Wednesday.
The right-hander wanted to be on the mound when the Breakers made history. And there he was in the bottom of the seventh, making the necessary pitches to get out of trouble on the road.
Just as Paul had done in the previous five innings, he left a runner in scoring position in the final inning to leave unscathed. The UC Santa Barbara-bound senior threw a complete-game shutout as Laguna Beach won, 2-0, and set a school record for wins in a season.
Seventeen victories is a lot sweeter than 16 to Paul and the Breakers.
"It's awesome to be part of a team that sets a school record and sets the foundation for the future, and hopefully it starts a tradition," Paul said.