Breakers double up on wins against host Calvary Chapel

Doubleheader victories pushes fourth-ranked Laguna to a 9-0 league record, and 19-2 overall.

April 21, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,

Jeff Sears called it a "fun day."

That's how the Laguna Beach baseball coach described Tuesday, the day his Breakers won not one, but two, key Orange Coast League games.

Laguna twice took care of host Calvary Chapel at Vanguard University. In the first game of a doubleheader, the Breakers showed their moxie by coming back late to score a 6-4 victory. The second game had no-such drama, as the Breakers cruised to a 10-1 win.


The two wins allowed Laguna to further distance itself from the rest of the OCL pack. With six games remaining on the league and regular season schedule, the Breakers hold a four-game lead on their league brethren.

Calvary Chapel, which entered Tuesday's key twinbill two games behind Laguna, needed both wins to catch the Breakers in standings. But with the two wins, fourth-ranked Laguna (Division 4) is now 9-0 in league and 19-2 overall.

"Winning these two was big for us," Sears said after the Breakers ran their win streak to five. "Coming back to get that first game was huge. It deflates a team (Calvary Chapel) when you lose like that but winning that game gave us all the momentum heading into the second game."

A key play in the first game came via left-fielder Jake Herbert, whose throw to home in the bottom of the fifth inning nailed Calvary base runner JT McLuckey. Herbert's play prevented the Eagles from taking a 5-2 lead.

"That was a big, big play," Sears said. "I think it got us going."

Laguna's offense responded in the top of the sixth to even the score. Austin Paxson was hit by a pitch and took second on a wild pitch before Chris Paul was intentionally walked. Eric Peruzzi then singled down the chalk line into right field to get Paxson and Paul to knot the score at 4-4.

The Breakers took the lead in the seventh. Travis Clawson started the rally with a lead-off single, Paxson singled and Paul again was intentionally walked, to load the bases. Both Peruzzi and Steven Harrison were hit by pitch to bring in the go-ahead and sixth runs.

Keaton Jones threw 2 1/3 innings of scoreless relief to get the win and improve to 3-0.

In the second game, Laguna exploded for six runs in the fourth inning and went on to a 10-1 win. During the inning, Larry Stewart had what Sears called a "huge" hit that triggered the scoring spree and brought home two runs to put the Breakers in front, 3-0.

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