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Flores' slam highlights Orange Lutheran victory

STAFF WRITER

Orange Lutheran coach Eric Borba had one word to describe his feelings about his team Friday night.

Proud.

An early offensive explosion, which included a grand slam by Nathan Flores, led the fifth-ranked Lancers to a 9-3 victory over Mater Dei in a Trinity League game at Mater Dei High.

Orange Lutheran (17-7, 5-4) had started the week by losing to the Monarchs, but came back to win the next two in the teams’ three-game league series. The Lancers won, 9-0, on Wednesday.

“We were kind of on a downward spiral,” Borba acknowledged about his team’s state after Monday’s loss. “We talked a little bit on Tuesday about going out and playing free and easy because we know we’re capable of playing with anybody.

“It really is a true testament to the guys on the team and the character that we have.”

A leadoff double by Tristan Hanoian and two RBI ground outs gave Orange Lutheran a 2-0 lead in the first.

The Lancers extended that to 4-0 with a second-inning RBI single by Garrett Mitchell and a bases-loaded walk.

The next batter was Flores, and the junior connected for a grand slam to right field, giving Orange Lutheran an 8-0 lead.

“Nathan just came up huge,” Borba said. “Everybody in our lineup has been producing and it was his turn tonight.”

Mater Dei (12-11, 3-6) scored a run in the third when a single by Brandon Perez brought Bryan Call in to score. A nicely turned double play brought the Monarchs’ momentum to a screeching halt.

The Monarchs loaded the bases in the sixth, but were unable to capitalize.

An RBI single in the seventh inning by Josh Bissonette pushed the Lancers’ lead to 9-2.

Call scored once more in the bottom of the seventh inning, tallying Mater Dei’s final run.

In the Orange League:

Katella 8, Santa Ana Valley 0: Junior Matt Morello threw a perfect game for the Knights (12-9-1, 6-4) at Boysen Park in Anaheim. Morello struck out six.

In the Academy League:

Sage Hill 3, Crean Lutheran 1: The Lightning (15-6, 10-0) clinched the league title by beating the Saints (16-8, 5-3) for the second time this week.

In the Sunset League:

Edison 3, Marina 1: Noah Kronfly pitched a three-hitter with five strikeouts, and Kevin Ando went 2 for 3 with two RBI for the Chargers (15-7, 5-5).


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