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Baseball and Softball: Call them champs

Laguna Beach baseball team secures league title. Softball team edges Estancia to grab third in league.

May 02, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(KEVIN CHANG / Coastline…)

For only the second time in the last 50 years, the Laguna Beach baseball team can call itself league champion.

Laguna secured the 2013 Orange Coast League title Tuesday when it overwhelmed host Godinez, 23-2. The one-sided win pushed the Breakers' school-record win streak to 18 games. It also made them 12-0 in league, and 22-2 overall.

The title is the first for the Breakers under second-year head coach Mike Bair.

"It's big-time," Bair said of his team's accomplishment. "This is something the program has only done twice, now, in the last 50 years. Winning league was something we have strived for since the beginning of the season."

Tuesday's win was never in doubt although the Breakers punctuated the win by scoring 17 runs over the final three innings, which included a 10-run outburst in the top of the fifth.

"Usually with a lopsided score, there are a lot of errors and walks that lead to runs," Bair said. "That wasn't the case for us. We just flat-out hit the ball. It was good to see our offense really produce. It was a great hitting day."

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Laguna had a season-high 25 hits in the win. Senior Cole Millerd, who also got the pitching win, led the attack with four hits and had two runs batted in. Junior Richie Nunis, who homered, and senior Kaito Lee, both had three hits. Jackson Rees, who had the other Laguna homer, was one of six Breakers with two hits.

Millerd threw four innings. He gave up just two hits with five strikeouts.

Millerd also closed out a key win for Laguna on April 26 when he finished off visiting Calvary Chapel, 5-2. He struck out two in getting the save. Rees recorded another win on the mound to improve to 8-0. The senior threw a four-hitter with two walks and two strikeouts with two runs scored.

Offensively, senior Robbie McInerny went three for four with two RBIs and a run scored. Senior Larry Stewart went three for three with an RBI, and both Millerd and Nunis (two hits) drove in a run.

Laguna, which had rallied on April 23 to score an important, 5-3 win over Calvary Chapel to establish itself atop the league standings, completed a 3-0 league sweep of the Eagles.

"The guys really wanted to sweep the series," Bair said. "I think they had all the pressure off them after that big win on Tuesday. I thought we came out real loose and played well. We had timely hits, played good defense and pitched well. That's been our recipe all year."

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