Highlights and top performers from the Orange County baseball and softball games on Tuesday, April 16.
No. 11 Servite knocked off No. 1 Orange Lutheran 3-1 Tuesday, handing the Lancers their first Trinity League loss of the season. Sean Lugo drove in all three runs as the host Friars (17-9, 5-5) slowed the Lancers (20-4, 9-1) in their march to the league title. The teams will meet again at 7 p.m. Wednesday at Hart Park and again at 11 a.m. Saturday at Servite. Freshman left-hander Trevor Schmidt was the winning pitcher, with junior lefty Sean Galvin picking up the save. Down 1-0 in the bottom of the third, Servite loaded the bases on singles by Mike Santos and RJ Horvatin sandwiched around a walk to Garret Guillemette. Lugo’s two-out single brought home two runs to give the Friars a 2-1 lead. In the fifth, Emanuel Dean led off with a single, moved to second on a bunt by CJ Masciel and to third on a groundout by Guillemette. Dean scored on Lugo’s two-out single, his third hit of the game. Freshman left-hander Trevor Schmidt was the winning pitcher, allowing just one run in a bases-loaded, no-out situation in the second inning. Junior lefty Sean Galvin picked up the save, striking out the last batter of the game.
No. 25 Villa Park clinched at least a share of its first league championship in 15 years by beating No. 23 Yorba Linda 8-2 in a North Hills League game at Villa Park High. The Spartans (12-13, 6-0) opened a three-game lead over the Mustangs (16-8, 3-3) with three games to go and will meet again Thursday. Villa Park’s baseball program is the only team in school history to win a league title in every decade since the school opened in 1964.
No. 19 Dana Hills knocked off No. 9 Aliso Niguel 4-2 to take over first place in the South Coast League. Terra Goetz scattered six singles in seven innings as the Dolphins (15-4-1, 5-1) climbed over the Wolverines (15-7, 4-1) by a half-game in the league standings. Margo Hopper gave Dana Hills an early lead with a two-run homer in the second inning. Piper Tago had a double and an RBI, Chloe DePierro doubled and singled, and Lola Holtby had an RBI single. Goetz also singled and scored a run.
No. 3 Mater Dei barely stayed unbeaten in the Trinity League, squeaking past last-place Rosary 5-4 on Natalie Marshall’s walk-off in the bottom of the seventh inning. Riley Orcutt held Rosary to three hits and struck out 12, but the Monarchs (15-8-1, 6-0) trailed 4-3 going into the sixth inning. They tied it 4-4 with a run in that frame and won it with two out in the seventh. Hailey Hanson and Erica Holt each had two of Mater Dei’s nine hits, while Atlantis Perez drove in two runs. Isabella Fuentes had two hits and Kathryn Davis drove in two runs for Rosary (9-16, 0-7).
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