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Laguna heads into break on a good note

Softball and Baseball

Softball team is 9-5 after impressive nonleague victory against La Quinta. Baseball team is rolling, too.

April 05, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Laguna Beach catcher Kennidi Gheradini tags out a La Quinta baserunner at the plate.
Laguna Beach catcher Kennidi Gheradini tags out a La Quinta… (DON LEACH, Coastline…)

The Laguna Beach High softball team heads into spring break on a winning note. On March 31, the Breakers' last game, they defeated La Quinta of Westminster, 9-4, in a nonleague game at Thurston Middle School. The win upped Laguna's record to 9-5.

A key sequence in the game came in the third inning when the Breakers loaded the bases before junior Kennedi Gherardini delivered a three-run double. Senior Samantha Purl went two for two, walked twice and scored two times and freshman Halle Redfearn went two for three and scored twice. Junior Haley Putnam threw a two-hitter with 10 strikeouts in improving to 6-1.

"We hit the ball real well and four of our outs were line drives to the outfield," Laguna Coach Alan Ludloff said. "La Quinta made some nice plays defensively to keep it close. Samantha Purl has been dealing with a bad back all year, but she stepped up, getting on base all four at bats and scoring two runs."

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Laguna also played an Orange Coast League game March 29 against Calvary Chapel. The Breakers lost, 6-0, to fall to 1-1 in league. Freshman Jen Sorenson was the only Breaker to reach base twice against Eagles pitcher Melanie Coyne (5-0), who struck out nine.

"Calvary is very strong again this year, but I thought we played them well," Ludloff said. "We gave up three runs on three outfield errors in the second inning, but then made some outstanding defensive plays in the infield to keep it close. Their pitcher was the best we have seen so far, but our team never quit."

The Breakers next play April 17, when they have an OCL game at Godinez. Ludloff said that although his squad has 14 games under its belt, the game with the Grizzlies is a pivotal point in the season for his team.

"The coaches and I are right where we thought we would be at this point," he said. "We beat the teams we should beat, and played hard against the larger schools we played. The key to our season will be the Godinez game. If we win, we are in second place. If we lose, we are in third.

"With spring break the week before and many of the players out of town, we will need to respond quickly to be ready for that game."

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Baseball

Laguna Beach wrapped up play Wednesday at the Anaheim Lions Tournament with an overpowering performance against Sage Hill.

The Breakers' prolific offense led the way in a 20-1 victory over the Lightning. They went 4-1 throughout the tournament.

Wednesday's win also ran Laguna's record to 10-6.

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