Laguna Surf and Sport opened postseason play in fine fashion last
weekend as it defeated the Northwood Marlins, 4-3, in opening round play
of the 2002 District 55 Tournament of Champions at Mission Viejo.
Surf and Sport saved its best for last as they came back from two runs
down in the final inning to pull out the win.
Christian Bosworth and John Wes Robinson began the bottom of the sixth
inning rally with consecutive doubles, Robinson’s scoring Bosworth to
narrow the gap to one run.
Shawn Snyder followed his teammates by blasting a triple to center
field to score Robinson and tie the game. On the play, Northwood was
guilty of a throwing error to third base, allowing Snyder to score the
The pitching of Michael Tachovsky, combined with great defensive play,
allowed Surf and Sport to limit the Marlins to three runs.
Tachovsky struck out five and also fielded five outs during the game.
Significant defensive stops included a tag out of a Northwood runner
by second baseman Jaime Melchor in the third inning; the play of Robinson
at third base, Caine Fair at shortstop and Snyder; and a big throw from
right fielder Alex Garakian to Robinson at third base to nail a Marlins
baserunner for the third out in the fifth inning.
Northwood had taken an early lead on an RBI double by pitcher Joey
Dilia, but Surf and Sport retaliated in the bottom of the first inning
when Dalton Sype doubled and scored on Bosworth’s RBI single.
Run-scoring singles by Nate Jeffries and Andrew Rutland gave Northwood
a 3-1 edge in the third inning.
Matt Miller had a double and Sype’s second hit of the day went for a
single to add to Surf and Sport’s offensive output.