A hot start secures the win

Ali Lindsay's first inning RBI helps put Breakers ahead against visiting Saddleback, with a final score of 13-2.

April 28, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Laguna pitcher Haley Putnam throws one in for a strike in game versus Costa Mesa.
Laguna pitcher Haley Putnam throws one in for a strike… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

One day after suffering a tough, last-inning loss to Costa Mesa, the Laguna Beach softball team bounced back Tuesday to get back into the win column in Orange Coast League play by routing visiting Saddleback, 13-2, at Thurston Middle School.

The Breakers took the lead for good in their first at-bat to improve to 3-2 in league and 8-5 overall.

"You have to teach the kids to have short memories," Laguna Coach Mike Hunter said of his team's ability to rebound from an 8-7 loss against Costa Mesa to handle Saddleback. "This is a very young team, and it's kind of been our mode this year to win one, to lose one, to win one. Along the way, a young team needs to learn how to be consistent."

Laguna's hot start was capped by Ali Lindsay's RBI that ran the score to 3-0 in the bottom of the first inning. Saddleback got back two runs, both unearned, in the second but Lindsay stretched the Laguna lead again when she drove home three runs with a triple to right field. Taylor Romatowski's sacrifice bunt added another run to push the lead to 7-2.


"Ali had a great week," Hunter said of Lindsay who bats, he said, in the lower-third of the Laguna line-up. "That kid is really starting to develop. She's a great kid with a good attitude and has a real nice swing — if she's pitched to. Pitchers tend to pitch around her sometimes."

In the Laguna-half of the fourth, Kennedi Gherardini, Karina Riess and Bailey Romatowski all singled and Samantha Purl and Haley Putnam both smashed two-run doubles to close out the scoring.

Putnam also got the win and had eight strikeouts. Gherardini closed the game and threw a scoreless fifth.

On Monday, Laguna fell, 8-7, at Costa Mesa after the Mustangs parlayed a triple and walk-off single to score the winning run in the bottom of the seventh inning.

Laguna's offense got the Breakers out to an early 7-3 lead but they weren't able to sustain it, In the first inning, Gherardini delivered an RBI triple and Katie Anderson hit one of her two doubles and drove in a second run for a 2-0 lead. Costa Mesa retaliated with three runs in the bottom of the first to grab a 3-2 lead.

The Breakers regained the advantage in the top of the fourth as Gherardini's double, a bunt by Anderson and RBI single by Bailey Romatowski, preceded a two-run to shallow right field by Lindsay that gave Laguna a 7-3 lead.

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