Eddie Stevenson pitched a complete game and Aliso Niguel scored an unearned run on a fielding error in the third inning for a 1-0 victory over visiting Laguna Hills.
"I was super proud of our team today," Aliso Niguel Coach Mike Chapman said. "We hung in tough against a very, very tough team and we pulled out the victory."
Stevenson battled out of some early control problems to retire 13 of the final 15 batters he faced to improve his record to 3-1. "He was a bulldog out there today," Chapman said of his senior left-hander. "He didn't have a lot to start off, but he hung in there and did a heck of a job for us."
Johnny Nguyen had both of his team's hits (both doubles) and scored the game's only run when he stole third and came home when the Hawk third baseman Cory Pardoe mishandled the throw from catcher Christian Bresnahan.
Laguna Hills starter Tony Milo (4-2) was the loser. He pitched a two-hitter with eight strikeouts. "He also did a great job today," Chapman said. "He absolutely baffled us early in the game."
The Hawks' only real scoring opportunity came in the first inning. After Stevenson retired the first two batters, Milo and Ian Jensen reached on consecutive walks before Rob Warren struck out. That was the only time Laguna Hills had a runner reach second base.
Aliso Niguel is 7-2, 3-1; Laguna Hills is 6-3, 2-1.