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Sage Hill's Coltrane Tait attempts to turn a double play after getting a force out at second base on Crean Lutheran's PJ Buratti in the fifth inning Tuesday.

Super effort carries Sage Hill to victory over Crean Lutheran

STAFF WRITER

Sage Hill’s pitcher lived up to his name.

Brett Super threw a two-hitter Tuesday in Sage Hill’s 2-0 win over Crean Lutheran in an Academy League baseball game at Sage Hill.

Super has been superior before. A junior right-hander, Super is 9-0 with a 0.72 ERA. He has 93 strikeouts with only 15 walks in 68 innings.

Sage Hill has won 20 in a row. The Lighting are 21-1 overall and 9-0 in the Academy League with one league game remaining, Friday at Crean Lutheran. Sage Hill clinched at least a share of the league championship.

Crean Lutheran is 17-6 overall and 6-1 in league. After Friday’s league home game against Sage Hill, the Saints have two league games against Calvary Chapel of Downey next week, the final week of the regular season.

This week’s CIF-Southern Section Division 6 rankings have Crean Lutheran at No. 1 and Sage Hill at No. 2. That could change next week, which could mean that Sage Hill will be seeded No. 1 in the Division 6 playoffs when CIF-SS baseball playoff brackets are released May 16.

Super’s key pitch Tuesday was a slider.

“I threw it at least once every batter,” Super said. “Once I got ahead in the count I could throw the fastball.”

Crean loaded the bases with one out in the third inning. Super got out of the jam with a strikeout and a ground ball out.

Sage Hill scored in the first and fourth innings. In the first, Edward Pelc, one of three freshmen in the team’s starting lineup, walked, advanced to second base on senior Coltrane Tait’s sacrifice bunt and scored on senior Conner Bock’s line-drive single to right field. Bock has a team-high 20 RBI.

The Lightning got their second run in the fourth when sophomore Matt King drove in freshman Conner Hatz with a sacrifice fly.

Sage Hill coach Dominic Campeau said the win was a typical one for his team.

“We know we’re not going to outslug people,” Campeau said. “That’s not the team we have. We have a strong pitching staff, and as long as we play well defensively we’re going to be in every game we play.”

Also in the Academy League:

St. Margaret’s 10, Calvary Chapel of Downey 2: The Tartans (9-8, 3-5) scored all of their runs in the first inning.

In the Garden Grove League:

La Quinta 4, Garden Grove 2: Tommy Escobar pitched a complete game, and Izaac Gallindo drove in two runs for the host Aztecs (13-5, 9-3). The outcome created a three-way tie for first place in the Garden Grove League. Garden Grove, La Quinta and Rancho Alamitos are on top at 9-3 each.

Rancho Alamitos 1, Los Amigos 0: Shane Zielinski pitched a shutout for the host Vaqueros (16-6, 9-3).

Santiago 6, Bolsa Grande 2: Freddy Cruz had three hits and three RBI for the host Cavaliers (5-11, 5-7).

In the Orange Coast League:

Laguna Beach 4, Estancia 3: The Breakers improved to 11-1 in league with the road win.

In the Pacific Coast League:

No. 8 Beckman 5, Irvine 0: Will Cohen, Adam Sikes, Garrett Bachmeier and Wyatt Lewis combined on the Patriots’ seventh shutout. Beckman is in first place with a 10-2 league record. Ryan Lavalle had two RBI for the Patriots (20-3).

Woodbridge 7, Northwood 1: Jackson Lyon doubled, tripled and drove in five runs for the visiting Warriors (16-7, 9-3). Jake Larson pitched a complete game for second-place Woodbridge.

Corona del Mar 6, University 1: Cal State Fullerton-signee Evan Larsen pitched a complete game with 12 strikeouts for the third-place Sea Kings (16-4, 8-4). JT Schwartz had three RBI.

In the Trinity League:

No. 9 Santa Margarita 2, Servite 0: Colin Rowe threw six scoreless innings for the host Eagles (18-7, 6-4). Josh Nicoloff and Derek Park drove in the Santa Margarita runs.

Contact the writer: sfryer@ocregister.com


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