Search:

Akamatsu makes sure Edison gets into playoffs

CONTRIBUTING WRITER

HUNTINGTON BEACH - With a playoff spot on the line, Edison’s baseball team got the outing it needed from starting pitcher Kaz Akamatsu.

He allowed only two base runners in the first six innings and finished with a four-hitter that included eight strikeouts as Edison beat visiting Los Alamitos, 6-2, on Tuesday to clinch the Sunset League’s third guaranteed playoff spot.

“It was a must win for us,” Edison coach Cameron Chinn said. “We wanted to take care of business and not let Thursday (at Los Alamitos) have an impact on our postseason fate.”

Edison (18-10, 8-6) clinched its playoff spot by establishing an early lead against the Griffins (13-14, 6-8).

In the second inning, Leo Hyodo hit a two-out RBI single to score Kevin Ando, giving Edison a 1-0 lead.

In the fourth, Jake Scott extended the Chargers’ lead with a three-run home run into the trees beyond the left field fence.

“(Scott) worked that count to get to 3-0,” Chinn said. “It was the patience on some borderline pitches that got him to that. Then he didn’t miss.”

With the lead in hand, Akamatsu settled into a groove, retiring 14 consecutive batters and facing only one more than the minimum going into the seventh.

“I felt like everything was working today,” Akamatsu said. “I had a lot more strikeouts than usual and that was great.”

Los Alamitos’ two runs came in the seventh as Chris Concepcion led off with a homer and Scott Andersen collected an RBI single.


See archived 'Sports' stories »
 


Other Varsity coverage:
Inland Empire
Search Players


Football:

Santa Ana 14, Rancho Christian 52 - 01:01 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Calabasas 35, Capistrano Valley 14 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

St. John Bosco 21, Mater Dei 14 - 00:33 2nd QT - Completed

Football:

Edison 44, La Mirada 24 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Burbank 21, Yorba Linda 31 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Soccer:

El Modena 2, Orange Lutheran 2 - 45:00 2nd Half - Completed

Basketball:

Eisenhower 28, Mater Dei 93 - 02:00 4th QT - Completed

Basketball:

Santa Fe 65, Foothill 53 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

Valencia/Valencia 35, San Clemente 41 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed

Football:

El Modena 21, Yorba Linda 28 - 00:00 4th QT - Completed