No matter what league you play in, it’s tough to beat the same team three times in one season. Said Steve Gullotti, El Dorado High School coach: “Heck, it’s tough to beat any team twice.”
The Golden Hawks beat the odds Tuesday afternoon, using 10 hits to defeat Loara for the third time this season, 10-4, in an Empire League game at Placentia.
The Golden Hawks (8-3, 16-6) came out swinging in the first inning. Two walks and two Saxon errors let in the first El Dorado run. With the bases loaded, senior right fielder Scott Holcomb hit a 1-0 fastball over the right-center field fence, giving the Golden Hawks a 5-2 lead.
The next time the bases were full for El Dorado left fielder Jim Buck to hit a one-hop triple off the center-field fence, driving in three runs for a 9-3 lead.
“We came ready to play today and we were swinging the bats with confidence. Also, our defense made all the right plays,” Gullotti said.
El Dorado’s Jeff Petredes (4-1) scattered 10 hits.
Golden Hawk third baseman Doug Yates was 3 for 3 with two runs scored and second baseman Bret Boone was 2 for 4 and scored one run.
Loara is 6-4-1, 15-9-1.
In other Empire League games:
Kennedy 3, Katella 0--Osmar De Chavez struck out 15, but he also walked in two runs, in the Knights’ loss at Glover Stadium. Pitcher Mark Roah (2-1) singled in the other run for Kennedy (5-6, 8-12-2). The Knights are 5-6, 13-10.
Los Alamitos 6, Cypress 5--J.T. Snow homered twice to pace the Griffins at Los Alamitos. Los Alamitos is 5-6, 15-9. Cypress is 1-10, 10-13.
Esperanza 13, Pacifica 11--The Aztecs held a 13-2 lead going into the sixth inning and then hung on for the win at Pacifica. Eric Cox went 3 for 3 with two home runs and 3 RBIs for the Aztecs (10-1, 18-2-1). Pacifica is 3-7-1, 8-13-1.
In Century League play:
El Modena 6, Canyon 0--Ed Villela threw a one-hitter and Todd Hively hit a two-run homer in the second inning at El Modena. El Modena is 7-4, 10-8. Canyon is 8-3, 13-7.
Santa Ana 6, Orange 5--Jaime Franco and Armando Olivares each went 3 for 4 and scored twice to lead the Saints (6-5, 14-7). Orange is 1-10, 5-14.
Foothill 7, Santa Ana Valley 4--Pat Crawford went 3 for 4 with a triple for the Knights (8-3, 13-7) at Santa Ana Valley (1-10, 5-17).
In the Olympic League:
Orange Lutheran 14, Southern California Christian 6--Matt Zaun went 2 for 3, scored two runs, and had four RBIs for the Lancers at SCC.
Maranatha 9, Capistrano Valley Christian 5--Jay Hawthorne hit a two-run homer for the Eagles but it wasn’t enough to overtake Maranatha at Capistrano Valley Christian.
In the Academy League:
Leffingwell 16, Newport Christian 1--Scott Cooper had two hits in a losing effort for the Conquerors at Newport Christian.