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High School Baseball: Oh, what a season

High School Baseball: Oh, what a season
(KEVIN CHANG / Coastline Pilot)

The 75th season of Laguna Beach High baseball turned out to rank as one of the program’s most successful.

An Orange Coast League championship, an unprecedented win streak and a CIF Southern Section second-round appearance, were just some of the momentous achievements attained by the Breakers in 2013.


That success was reflected in the All-Orange Coast League baseball team selections. Ten Breakers highlight the team which is headed by pitchers Jackson Rees and Kurt Rebone, a pair of seniors who were named Most Valuable Player and Pitcher of the Year, respectively.

Laguna completed an undefeated run in league competition.


“We won league, 15-0, we broke quite a few school records, made it to the second round of CIF, and finished the year at 26-3 overall. We had a fantastic season,” Laguna Coach Mike Bair said.

Bair, in his second year at the helm, saw the potential in his current squad during a 2012 season that saw the Breakers go 18-9 and win a CIF Southern Section playoff wild-card game to advance to the first round.

“I knew we would be a solid team and I believed that if we could unite and play our best for each other, that we could win league and make a great run in CIF,” he said.

The Laguna pitching staff had a terrific season. Rees went 10-0, Rebone 7-0, junior Grant Wilhelm was 3-3, senior Cole Millerd went 3-0 with two saves, senior Larry Stewart also was 3-0, and junior Richie Nunis had two saves.


Rees tied former Breaker Chris Paul for career pitching wins and set the program record for most wins (10-0) for an undefeated pitcher.

Bair said the rotation turned in the best earned-run average (1.57) in school history. The previous record was 1.64 set two years ago.

The Breakers collectively set several team records during the season. Game: triples (four, vs. Saddleback); plate appearances, seven innings (58 vs. Saddleback); at-bats, seven innings: (46 vs. Godinez). Season: win streak (22 games). Batting: hit by pitch (48; old mark, 36, 2010). Pitching: shutouts (nine; old mark, seven, 2011); ERA: 1.57.

“We worked hard on using the whole field, taking what the pitcher gives rather than trying to force the issue, [having] quality at bats, and hitting in hitter’s counts,” Bair said of the Breakers’ offensive prowess. “We did that pretty well this season.”


Laguna loses a big chunk of its lineup from this record-setting unit but do return key pieces for next spring.

“These 13 seniors helped make Laguna Beach a baseball town,” Bair said of the players the program will lose to graduation in a few weeks. “Their impact will always be felt. It’s amazing how much this program has changed the past six years and these seniors are a major reason why.”

All-Orange Coast League Baseball Team

Most Valuable Player: Jackson Rees (Laguna Beach) Sr.

Pitcher of the Year: Kurt Rebone (Laguna Beach) Sr.

First Team

Laguna Beach: Robbie McInerny, Sr.; Steven Harrison, Jr.; Preston GrandPre, Jr.; Richie Nunis, Jr.

Estancia: Tyler Rios, Sr.; Ben Beck, Sr.; Steven Macias, Sr.

Calvary Chapel: Wyatt Haccou, Sr.; Brandon Coon, Sr.; Phillip Stout, Sr.; John Erhardt, Sr.

Godinez: Robert Morales, Sr.

Second Team

Laguna Beach: Cole Millerd, Sr.; Larry Stewart, Sr.; Blake Hester, Sr.; Grant Wilhelm, Jr.

Estancia: Alex Chairez, Sr.; Levi Stillman, Sr.

Calvary Chapel: Derek Villalobos, Sr.; Patrick Cromwell, Jr.; Christian Sheehan, Sr.; Daniel Morales, Soph.

Godinez: Giovanni Cuellar, Jr.

Saddleback: Alvaro Gonzalez, Sr.