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Playoff berth almost at hand

Baseball and Softball

After edging Godinez on Tuesday, Breakers baseball team can clinch spot in postseason with another victory Friday.

May 03, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

The Breakers took a step toward a possible CIF Southern Section playoff berth Tuesday by defeating Godinez, 3-2. They can wrap up a playoff berth with another win Friday at Godinez.

A trio of sophomores figured prominently in Tuesday's win. Steven Harrison went two for two and came up with the game-winning hit, Preston GrandPre had a pair of doubles and scored once and Grant Wilhelm threw a complete game with seven strikeouts. Wilhelm (7-2) also contributed a hit and run scored to the Laguna offense.

The victory put the Breakers at 14-8 and 7-5 in league, good for third place.

"Wilhelm pitched excellent, we played great team defense and had clutch hits when we needed to," Breakers Coach Mike Bair said.

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Laguna was able to bounce back from a tough loss April 27 to Calvary Chapel. The Eagles scored the winning run on a balk in the bottom of the seventh inning to emerge with a 2-1 win.

Junior Jackson Rees started and junior Kurt Rebone finished on the mound for the Breakers.

"Rees pitched awesome," Bair said. "We had multiple chances to drive in runs but could not come up with the clutch hit."

Bair said Rees (3-4) will start Friday's key game at Godinez.

"We are a confident team and know we can play better than we have shown," Bair said. "Our goal (Friday) is to finish league strong with all cylinders firing, secure a playoff spot and gain some momentum for CIF."

Laguna closes out league and regular-season play next week. The Breakers host Saddleback at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, then travel Thursday to face the Roadrunners again at 3:15 p.m.

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The Breakers also stayed in the postseason hunt after splitting its last two Orange Coast League games.

Laguna on Tuesday fell, 10-5, to visiting Calvary Chapel at Thurston Middle School. Haley Putnam hit a bases-loaded triple in the seventh inning that scored three runs. The junior earlier had doubled and finished three for four.

Tuesday's setback put Laguna at 12-7 an in third place in league at 4-3. Despite the loss, the Breakers showed their character by fighting back from an 8-0 deficit after three innings.

"In the past, we might have thought the game was over," Laguna Coach Alan Ludloff said. "We outscored them, 5-2, in the last four innings and never gave up. Defensively, we had some errors in the infield, but we also made some good plays."

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