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Baseball: Laguna turns to playoffs

Breakers continue memorable season with Division 4 first-round game at home against Victor Valley.

May 16, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

What the Laguna Beach High baseball team has accomplished to date this season, is nothing short of impressive. A school-record win streak, a league championship, and top-three final ranking, have made for a memorable season.

For all the Breakers have accomplished so far, it now boils down to a one-game season.

And, that's they way they like it.

Laguna begins the final stretch of its 2013 season Friday. At 3:15 p.m. that day, the Breakers play host to Victor Valley in a first-round game of the CIF Southern Section Division 4 playoffs. The winner moves on to a second-round game Tuesday.

"We're only focused on Victor Valley," Laguna Coach Mike Bair said. "Our guys have done a great job of taking the season one game at a time. We won't change anything in regards to what we've been doing all season.

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"One of our deals has been, is to beat the game, not the opponent. We're looking forward to Friday."

Laguna comes into the postseason riding a 21-game winning streak which has led to a 25-2 record. That finish has also garnered a No. 3 seed in the Division 4 tournament for the Breakers.

The top two seeds are No. 1 Westlake Village Oaks Christian and No. 2 Kaiser.

"It's nice to be 25-2, and be rewarded for a the regular season with a No. 3 seed," Bair said. "The guys did a great job of putting themselves in the best possible position for the playoffs."

"I think the key at this point, is to not change a thing. We have pitched well, hit well, and have played great defense. Those three things have gotten us to where we are."

Thirteen Breakers carry at least a .324 or better batting average, and eight have 22 or more hits. As a team, the Breakers have hit a collective .363, and have a .449 on base average. Defensively, they hold an .873 fielding percentage.

Junior Preston GrandPre (.340) has a team-high 32 hits. Junior Richie Nunis (.408) who has 29 hits, has a team-best 24 RBIs.

"Having quality at-bats has definitely been a big key for our success on offense, "Bair said. "We have worked hard and are conscious of our swings, and we have made pitchers work. We have been patiently aggressive, I'd say."

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