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High School Baseball: Oh, what a season

Laguna Beach High's baseball team went 15-0 to win league title part of a memorable season.

May 30, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(KEVIN CHANG / Coastline…)

The 75th season of Laguna Beach High baseball turned out to rank as one of the program's most successful.

An Orange Coast League championship, an unprecedented win streak and a CIF Southern Section second-round appearance, were just some of the momentous achievements attained by the Breakers in 2013.

That success was reflected in the All-Orange Coast League baseball team selections. Ten Breakers highlight the team which is headed by pitchers Jackson Rees and Kurt Rebone, a pair of seniors who were named Most Valuable Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

Laguna completed an undefeated run in league competition.

"We won league, 15-0, we broke quite a few school records, made it to the second round of CIF, and finished the year at 26-3 overall. We had a fantastic season," Laguna Coach Mike Bair said.

Bair, in his second year at the helm, saw the potential in his current squad during a 2012 season that saw the Breakers go 18-9 and win a CIF Southern Section playoff wild-card game to advance to the first round.

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"I knew we would be a solid team and I believed that if we could unite and play our best for each other, that we could win league and make a great run in CIF," he said.

The Laguna pitching staff had a terrific season. Rees went 10-0, Rebone 7-0, junior Grant Wilhelm was 3-3, senior Cole Millerd went 3-0 with two saves, senior Larry Stewart also was 3-0, and junior Richie Nunis had two saves.

Rees tied former Breaker Chris Paul for career pitching wins and set the program record for most wins (10-0) for an undefeated pitcher.

Bair said the rotation turned in the best earned-run average (1.57) in school history. The previous record was 1.64 set two years ago.

The Breakers collectively set several team records during the season. Game: triples (four, vs. Saddleback); plate appearances, seven innings (58 vs. Saddleback); at-bats, seven innings: (46 vs. Godinez). Season: win streak (22 games). Batting: hit by pitch (48; old mark, 36, 2010). Pitching: shutouts (nine; old mark, seven, 2011); ERA: 1.57.

"We worked hard on using the whole field, taking what the pitcher gives rather than trying to force the issue, [having] quality at bats, and hitting in hitter's counts," Bair said of the Breakers' offensive prowess. "We did that pretty well this season."

Laguna loses a big chunk of its lineup from this record-setting unit but do return key pieces for next spring.

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