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High School Baseball: Breakers perfect in Lions tourney

Laguna Beach baseball team goes 5-0 in tournament that featured 72 teams and earned third place.

April 04, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach / Coastline…)

Mike Bair told his Laguna Beach High baseball team if it went 5-0 at the Anaheim Lions Tournament, then he'd give his squad some time off over the final days of spring break.

The Breakers met that challenge, and Bair kept his promise.

Laguna completed a 5-0 run through the tournament, which wrapped up Wednesday, by holding off San Juan Hills, 3-2, at Brookhurst Park in Anaheim.

The tournament drew 72 teams from across the nation. Several teams went 4-0 through the first three days of the event, and teams were positioned in final games Wednesday by virtue of runs each allowed in the tournament.

Laguna ranked third in that department, having given up eight runs in its first four games. San Juan Hills was next at No. 4. The Stallions-Breakers meeting Wednesday was dubbed the third-place game.

Villa Park didn't a allow a run through its first four tourney games, to finish at No. 1. The Spartans faced No. 2 Desert Christian for the title on Wednesday and lost to the Knights, 5-4.

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With the victory, Laguna pushed its win streak to 11 games. The Breakers' last loss came on March 12 in the first game of a nonleague doubleheader against the same San Juan Hills team it defeated on Wednesday.

The streak started with a 3-1 win over the Stallions in the final game of that doubleheader.

Laguna, which went into spring break ranked No. 9 in CIF Southern Section Division 4, is now 15-2 overall.

"It was a huge win, a nail-biter," Bair said.

Laguna took a 3-0 lead through three innings, thanks to a sacrifice RBI by Adam Rodner in the second inning, and a two-run double in the third by Steven Harrison. The Stallions came back to score single runs in both the fourth and sixth innings, and threatened again by putting runners on base in the top of the seventh.

Jackson Rees, who threw a complete game, was able to keep the Stallions from scoring and closed out the win.

"He walked five guys, which is unusual, but he was able to throw his curveball for strikes, place his fastball, and had clutch strikeouts when we needed them," Bair said. "He was able to close the door on them there at the end."

Rees, who allowed seven hits, is undefeated at 6-0.

"We played solid defense behind Jackson," Bair said. "We only made one error and that came early in the game, and it didn't result in any runs scored.

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