May 22, 2024

OC Sports Zone: Community First

Beckman tops undefeated Laguna Hills 5-3, Woodbridge moves into tie for first, Irvine wins

Beckman High’s baseball team notched a big Pacific Coast League victory on the road Tuesday, defeating previously undefeated Laguna Hills 5-3.

With the victory, the Patriots moved to within a game of Woodbridge and Laguna Hills, who are tied for first place. Laguna Hills and Woodbridge are 6-1 and Beckman is 5-2.

Beckman captured the 2019 PCL crown.

BECKMAN 5, LAGUNA HILLS 3: Cade McGuire hit a three-run home run in the first inning to get the Patriots going. Nick McLain was 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI to lead the offensive attack.

Blake Dimos also contributed with a big insurance run in the sixth inning, driving in McLain with a single.

Kyle Lee was impressive on the mound, improving his record to 3-0. McLain recorded his first save. 

“It was a big win, but we’ve got a long way to go,” said Beckman Coach Kevin Lavalle. “Laguna Hills set the pace early on this year, and it feels good to know we can play with them.”

IRVINE 7, UNIVERSITY 0: JC Allen turned in a solid performance on the mound to get the victory.

“It was a great team effort and solid performance by JC Allen on the mound,” said Irvine Coach Gabriel Cota.

Allen threw 4 2/3 innings allowing two hits, no runs and striking out six.

Allen was also 2 for 3 at the plate. Jordan Raymond was 2 for 3 and Sawyer Spivey went 1 for 1 with a walk and two RBI for Irvine (3-4).

University fell to 2-5 in league play.

WOODBRIDGE 12, NORTHWOOD 0: The Warriors moved into a tie for first with Laguna Hills. Sophomore Daniel O’Hanlon got the victory, pitching the first four innings. He allowed two hits and struck out three. Connor Tallakson had two doubles and three RBI. Dylan Kim had a double and four RBI and Jake Admundson and Brandon Abernathy had RBI for the Warriors. Northwood dropped to 1-6.

“We were really happy with the way our offense started today,” said Woodbridge Coach Ryan Brucker. “We executed early to load the bases and then Connor Tallakson came up with a big double to open the scoring. 

“Our pitchers were outstanding, the whole staff has competed well for us up to this point. Daniel O’Hanlon is getting better with each outing. It was a solid performance and we know there are a lot of games left in the league, we are trying to improve every day.” 

Woodbridge hosts Laguna Hills Thursday at 3:30 p.m. at Ryan Lemmon Stadium.