ORANGE COUNTY PREP BASEBALL : Roundup : Tustin Rallies in Seventh to Beat Estancia, 7-6
Tustin High School’s baseball team, which had a victory taken away this week, had to come from behind Wednesday to beat Estancia, 7-6, in a Sea View League game at Tustin. Senior Monte Roberts hit a two-run single in the seventh inning for Tustin.
Tustin was forced to forfeit a league victory for violating a Southern Section rule prohibiting teams from practicing on Sundays or Christmas. Tustin and University high schools each held a Sunday practice in March.
Before the forfeit, Tustin had been tied with Saddleback for the league lead.
Wednesday’s victory keeps Tustin (7-3, 11-8) one game behind league leader Saddleback, which beat Newport Harbor, 5-1. Estancia (5-5, 8-12) remains in third.
Estancia scored three runs in the first, two in the second and one in the third to lead, 6-1. Tustin came back in the third on a two-run double by first basemen Ty Davis.
Reliever Chris Floth (7-1) struck out four and allowed only two baserunners in the final two innings.
With Tustin trailing, 6-5, in the seventh, Craig Gill and Matt Lundin singled. Estancia’s Pat Norville relieved Gabe Javage. Norville walked Floth to load the bases.
Roberts, who was already 2 for 2, lined Norville’s second pitch to left field, scoring Gill and Lundin for the victory.
“I’m glad I was up in that situation,” said Roberts. “I didn’t have a great day on the mound so I made up with a big hit.”
Saddleback 5, Newport Harbor 1--The Roadrunners scored five runs, four on passed balls and errors, at Newport Harbor. Winning pitcher Victor Rossano, who struck out five, allowed three hits and one earned run for Saddleback (8-2, 14-6). Newport Harbor (2-7-1, 8-10-1) scored in the third. Kirk Summers was the loser.
Corona del Mar 10, University 7--Andy MacMillian was 2 for 2 with a home run and scored three runs to lead the Sea Kings (4-6, 7-8) at home. Kevin Mass was 2 for 2 with an RBI and two runs and Kurt Ehmann was 3 for 4 with two doubles and three RBIs for Corona del Mar. Craig Ainsworth was 3 for 4 and Steve Keer was 2 for 3 with two doubles and scored three runs for University (1-8-1, 6-13-1), which turned a triple play in the first inning.
With the bases loaded, second baseman Bob Riley made a diving stop of a ground ball and threw to shortstop Keer for the force at second. Keer threw to first for the second out, and first baseman Casey Simpson threw to catcher Matt Dahlgren to get the runner trying to score from second.
In the Empire League:
Esperanza 7, Cypress 3--Winner Jason Moler had eight strikeouts and was 2 for 2 for the Aztecs (9-0, 17-1). Esperanza scored two runs in the second, two in the fourth and three more in the sixth. Ron Brown hit a two-run home run for Cypress (3-5-1, 10-11-1).
Loara 4, Los Alamitos 3--Jeff Patterson hit a home run with one out in the seventh to break a 3-3 tie and give the Saxons the victory at Los Alamitos. Patterson (4-3) pitched a complete game. Loara is 3-6, 11-7; Los Alamitos is 4-4-1, 8-10-1.
El Dorado 15, Kennedy 3--Rene Ayala went 2 for 2, scored two runs and had two RBIs for the Golden Hawks (7-2, 15-3) at home. Doug Yates was 2 for 2, scored two runs and had a double and three RBIs for El Dorado. Kennedy is 2-7, 7-14.
Katella 4, Pacifica 3--Kevin Shaw (6-5) had eight strikeouts to increase his county-leading total to 100 as the Knights (4-5, 10-12) won at home. Bobby Thome was 3 for 3 for Pacifica (3-6, 6-8).
In the Angelus League:
Servite 7, Bishop Montgomery 2--James Ferguson (8-0) had 10 strikeouts and pitched a complete game at Servite. Tom Szymanski was 2 for 2, and Chris Ulmer, Brian Criss, Corey Wentz and Mike Cornelius all had RBI singles in the fifth for Servite (8-1, 16-3), which is in first place. Bishop Montgomery (7-2, 13-3) is in second.
Bishop Amat 4, Mater Dei 1--Kevin O’ Connor was 2 for 4 to extend his hitting streak to 18 games for the Monarchs (6-4, 12-6) at Bishop Amat.
In the South Coast League:
Dana Hills 5, Mission Viejo 3--All runs were scored on home runs at Dana Hills. The Dolphins (6-4, 12-8-1) scored on a three-run home run by sophomore Chris Delfs and a two-run homer by Denny Papp, who was 2 for 2. Mission Viejo (5-5, 14-5) scored its three runs in the sixth on Tony Arnone’s home run. Bryan Hatch (6-2) was the winner.
El Toro 5, Irvine 1--El Toro’s Mike Hoelker (7-3) pitched a two-hitter and struck out five at home. El Toro (5-5, 14-7) built a 3-0 lead in the second when Rick Bonner drove in Adam Brass then scored on a ground out. Donny Harrell then doubled and scored on a passed ball. Irvine is 5-5, 10-10.
Capistrano Valley 14, San Clemente 2--Bill Bardens, who was 3 for 4 including a double and home run, drove in four runs for the Cougars (9-1, 18-2). Tommy Adams, also 3 for 4, hit his sixth home run. Brian Walker was 2 for 4, including a double. Winning pitcher Lance August (5-0) struck out eight. San Clemente is 0-10, 2-15-1.
In the Freeway League:
Fullerton 8, Sonora 7--Aaron Acton hit a bases-empty home run in the bottom of the seventh at Fullerton. Fullerton scored six runs in the fifth to offset a 6-1 deficit as Steve Pearson hit a two-run homer and Steve DePhillips’ single scored two more. Fullerton is 7-3, 13-6; Sonora is 5-5, 8-11.
Troy 9, La Habra 3--Steve Shirley hit a two-run homer, helping the Warriors (9-1, 15-4) overcome a 3-1 deficit. Shirley drove in three runs and scored two. Kyle Coburn, who went 4 for 4, had three doubles and drove in two runs. Chris Robinson (8-2) struck out 11 batters, bringing his season strikeout total to 91. La Habra is 5-5, 8-8.
In the Garden Grove League:
Garden Grove 10, Los Amigos 9--Isidro Maldonado drove in three runs with a fourth-inning triple to lift the Argonauts at Los Amigos. Garden Grove is 4-6, 9-11; Los Amigos is 1-8-1, 2-16-1.
Rancho Alamitos 7, Bolsa Grande 6--Steve Jenkins hit a fifth-inning grand slam to help Rancho Alamitos (5-4-1, 8-11-1) at Rancho Alamitos. Bolsa Grande tied the score in the seventh before Bruce Smelling scored the go-ahead run on a passed ball.