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Breakers respond well in doubleheader

Breakers respond well in doubleheader
(SCOTT SMELTZER)

The Laguna Beach High baseball team tuned up for the start to the Orange Coast League season by splitting a doubleheader Tuesday against San Juan Hills.

The Breakers dropped the opening game, 4-2, but came back to down the visiting Stallions, 3-1, in the second game.

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In the opener, junior Steven Harrison went two for two with a run scored.

“We just missed on a couple timely hits that could have earned us a win,” Laguna Coach Mike Bair said of the Game One loss.

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Senior Kurt Rebone ran his pitching record to 2-0 in Laguna’s 3-1 win in the second game. The Breakers’ offense was powered by junior Richie Nunez, who went two for three with a double, run batted in and run scored, and senior Larry Stewart, who was two for three with a double.

The Breakers wrapped play on March 8 at the Newport Elks Tournament, where they went 4-1 and finished in third place. Their final game was a 2-0 decision over visiting Westminster. Senior Jackson Rees threw just 65 pitches in recording the win and also went two for three on offense.

At 5-2 overall, Bair said his squad so far had had a “great start to what we believe will be a great season.”

The Breakers’ season shifts gears Friday with the opening of their OCL schedule. They play host to Saddleback at 3:15 p.m.

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“We are ready for league,” Bair said. “Pitching and defense wins league titles and we are doing both very well right now. We like our chances to make a run for the OCL title this season.”

Bair plans to send Rees to the mound for Friday’s league opener. Rees is 2-0 with an earned-run average of 0.00, and has 13 strikeouts, Bair said.

Laguna continues league play Tuesday with a 3:15 p.m. game at Estancia.

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Softball

The Breakers travel Friday for a 3:15 p.m. game at Santa Ana. They return home Monday to play host to Saddleback Valley Christian in a 3:30 p.m. nonleague game at Thurston Middle School.

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CIF Weekly Rankings (week of March 11)

Baseball: Laguna, No. 10, Division 4.

michael.sciacca@latimes.com

Twitter: @MikeSciacca


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