-- Mike Sciacca
Laguna Beach High athletic teams were involved in a couple of critical
Pacific Coast League matchups this past week with Northwood High of
Irvine, and the Wolverines got the best of the Artists on both occasions.
Tuesday’s crucial meeting between the schools ended with visiting
Northwood claiming a 10-7 victory, a win that kept the Wolverines atop
the PCL standings at 10-2.
The Artists, whose demise was aided by four errors, get one more shot
at Northwood today at 3:15 p.m., when the teams meet at Northwood.
It is the final game of the three game league series, which Northwood
Laguna Beach (12-8, 6-6) began the past week by rallying to edge Costa
Mesa, 4-3. The Artists overcame a 3-0 deficit by scoring one run in the
fourth inning and three in the fifth. Chris Stansbury belted two home
runs to ignite the comeback, first hitting a solo homer in the fourth
frame before delivering a three-run shot in the fifth.
In a big, boys’ volleyball showdown, undefeated Northwood strengthened
its hold on the PCL lead as the Wolverines (19-1, 9-0) beat the visiting
Artists in three games, 16-14, 15-5, 15-5, last Friday.
Laguna Beach bounced back Tuesday, however, to down Estancia, 5-15,
15-4, 15-4, 16-14, on the Eagles’ home floor. The Artists used 19 players
in a match that featured 17 kills by Matt Anderson, nine by Trey Chapel,
and seven each by Reid Anderson and Mike Chiaverini.
Laguna Beach, which took an overall record of 15-5 and 7-2 league mark
into Thursday night’s PCL match with Costa Mesa, now leads the
best-of-five match series with Estancia, 31-4.
In girls’ softball action on Tuesday, the Artists got past visiting
University, 6-4. Jocelyn Turner struck out two in a complete game victory
and Martina Speer went three for four with two RBI as Laguna Beach, now
2-5 in league and 6-12 overall, racked up 14 hits.