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Laguna Beach baseball team is 14-2 and has won 10 of its last 11 games dating to March 14.

April 17, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

Having had the first part of spring break week free, the Laguna Beach High baseball team is back in action this weekend for a pair of Orange Coast League games against Saddleback.

The Breakers haven't played since April 9, when they took on and defeated Capistrano Valley Christian in nonleague play. They get back into playing mode Friday when they visit Saddleback for a 3:15 p.m. game. They also travel Saturday to face the Roadrunners, this time, for a 10 a.m. start in a contest that will wrap the three-game league series between the teams.

Laguna enters Friday's game 5-0 in league play and ranked sixth in CIF Southern Section Division 4.

Laguna went into spring break having won 10 of its last 11 games dating to a March 14 loss at Westminster on the final day of the Newport Elks Tournament. Despite suffering the loss, the Breakers still won the Costa Mesa bracket championship of the tournament.

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The Breakers are 14-2 overall, their two losses coming by a total of three runs.

"Pitching has been a bright spot, better than I thought it would be," Laguna Coach Mike Bair said of his team's success in its first 16 games of the season. "We knew we had a great pitcher in Grant [Wilhelm], but we've really had some younger guys step up and do really well on the mound. Zak Kovacic has thrown a lot of games, Will McInerny has been awesome on the mound, and Anthony Norelli has been pretty good coming out of the pen.

"Another bright spot, has been our hitting. I expected that, but guys are really coming through. Having both pitching and hitting in place are the reasons we are 14-2."

Laguna trailed visiting Capistrano Valley Christian, 3-2, but scored the tying run in the bottom of the fifth inning before producing four runs in the sixth of their April 9 game, and went on to a 7-3 victory. Grant Wilhelm threw a complete-game victory to keep his record perfect at 6-0. The senior gave up six hits and struck out three, and made key contributions to the Laguna offense with a double and two RBIs.

Senior Steven Harrison hit a solo home run, senior Richie Nunis went two for three with a double, and sophomore Will McInerny doubled and drove in two runs.

The win came against an Eagles team that is ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 6.

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