It was the fourth consecutive save of the playoffs for Duda, a USC-bound senior, and Arlington's fourth straight one-run victory. The Lions (20-10) will meet Long Beach Wilson in Saturday night's championship at Dodger Stadium.
``Every pitch of the playoffs has been like Armegeddon,'' Rungo said.
After the Lions scored their only run on a two-out, bases-loaded single by Ryan O'Connell in the fourth, the visiting Cougars put together their best scoring opportunity in the sixth.
Bryan Donoho was hit by a pitch to lead off the inning, causing Rungo to summon Duda. Donoho took third on a wild pitch and a sacrifice, bringing Jason Corder to the plate with one out. However, Duda got Corder, who came into the game with 14 home runs on the season, to ground out to third and Steve Rodriguez to pop out to second to escape the jam.
``He has a vision in his eyes,'' Rungo said. ``He wants the ball.''
Capistrano Valley senior right-hander Kevin Stedman had three walks and two hit batters through first five innings and allowed the leadoff batter to reach base four times. He paid for it in the fourth, when Jeremiah Mejia led off with an infield single, Nick Urban drew a one-out walk and John Sandoval followed with an opposite field single just out of reach of shortstop Joe Zeller. After freshman pinch-hitter Faustino Delgado struck out, O'Connell followed with another opposite field single to left to drive in Mejia.
Stedman got Capistrano Valley's first hit on the opening pitch of the fifth inning, but the Cougars (22-7-1) could not get pinch-runner Brian McConkey into scoring position before he was picked off first by Montanez. McConkey failed to advance on a wild pitch that rolled about 15 feet behind Arlington catcher Thomas Billington, and pinch-hitter Grady McConnell then failed to make contact on a sacrifice bunt attempt.
After McConkey was picked off on the next pitch, McConnell was robbed of a base hit by diving second-baseman Steve Goins for the second out.
Long Beach Wilson 4, Canyon Springs 0
The Bruins managed just three hits but took advantage of six walks, three passed balls and two errors to advance to the Division I final Saturday night at Dodger Stadium.
Freshman right-hander Ryan Dent (2-1) shut out Canyon Springs for the first 5 1/3 innings before senior Ryan Schlack retired the final five batters at Blair Field in Long Beach.
The Bruins (23-9-1) scored without the benefit of a hit in the top of the first inning. Johnny Jimenez drew a one-out walk, took second on an errant pick-off attempt by catcher Derek Kennedy and third on a passed ball. Canyon Springs starter Chris Urias then struck out Schlack for the apparent final out, but the ball got away from Kennedy, allowing Jimenez to score.
Schlack reached base on an error in the fourth and later scored an unearned run on a sacrifice fly by Ryan Kaut. He added to the lead with another sacrifice fly in the seventh.
Wilson, which will be trying to win the program's first Southern Section title since 1950, also stole five bases, including a double steal that set up its final run on a passed ball.
Simi Valley 8, Corona Santiago 7
With one dramatic swing, Dylan Gaughen turned almost certain defeat into victory, hitting a two-out grand slam in the bottom of the sixth inning to wipe out a three-run deficit and lift the Pioneers in a Southern Section Division II semifinal game at Simi Valley.