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SAM GANGWER, THE ORANGE COUNTY REGISTER
Mater Dei's Stephen Lapchak, right, gets a fist bump from a teammate as he heads to the dugout after scoring.

Mater Dei victory sets up showdown

Mater Dei victory sets up showdown

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Baseball roundup: The Monarchs earn a shot at top-seeded Norco with victory over Tesoro. El Toro is eliminated.

Battling its way to a second-place finish in the Trinity League, Mater Dei had a difficult time building momentum. The Monarchs would win three league games in a row, then lose one.

They beat Orange Lutheran in the final game of the regular season, ending a little two-game losing streak, to get the second-place finish and some confidence.

Mater Dei played like a confident team with momentum Tuesday in a 7-4 victory over Tesoro in a CIF-Southern Section Division I second-round playoff game at Tesoro.

The Monarchs (23-5) will play top-seeded Norco (25-4) in the quarterfinals Friday. It is Mater Dei’s home game and, according to Monarchs coach Burt Call, will be played at Mater Dei’s on-campus field.

Norco is ranked No. 2 in California, and Mater Dei is No. 8. Norco beat Temecula Valley, 3-1, Tuesday on a two-run, eighth-inning home run by Matt Hobgood, his 21st of the season.

The Titans (20-8) finished second in the South Coast League, and for the first time in school history won two out of three league games against all five of their league opponents.

Mater Dei jumped on top in the first inning on Cory Hahn’s solo home run. A four-run fourth inning made it 5-0. Tesoro scored a run in its half of the fourth, Mater Dei scored once in the fifth to make it 6-1, Tesoro scored twice in the bottom of the inning to trim the Monarchs’ lead to two, and Mater Dei scored one in the seventh for the 7-4 final.

Ian McCarthy pitched five innings to get the victory and improve to 3-1. An All-County pitcher as a junior last season, a sore arm kept him out of action for half of this season. Having McCarthy, who signed with Oklahoma State, as a healthy counterpart to another All-County returnee, senior Aaron Northcraft who is 9-2 and gets the start against Norco, has improved the Monarchs' mood.

“It’s great to see him out there on top of his game,” said Mater Dei junior shortstop Derek Campbell, who it a two-run single in the fifth. “This is how he can pitch all the time.”

McCarthy gave up three runs and four hits and struck out four.

Mater Dei outfielder Daniel Lapchak had three hits and scored twice, third baseman Ryan Teel had two hits and two RBIs, and outfielder Jacob Medina had two hits and drove in a run.

Anthony Hutting, a Cal State Fullerton signee, hit a two-run single for Tesoro in the fifth. Evan Finkenberg, going to Arizona State on a football scholarship, was the starting pitcher for Tesoro and got the loss to even his record at 5-5.

Also in Division I

Dana Hills 2, Temescal Canyon of Lake Elsinore 1: Pete Tago (8-2) pitched a complete game for the visiting Dolphins (17-12), who will play host to Edison in the quarterfinals Friday.

Edison 13, West Ranch of Valencia 1: Chris Czerniachowski and Eric Snyder homered for the visiting Chargers (22-5).

Marina 5, Vista Murrieta 3: J.J. Baccari homered for the visiting Vikings (22-6).

In Division II

Redlands East Valley 6, El Toro 2: The defending champion Chargers (22-6) were eliminated by the host Wildcats (22-6). El Toro scored all of its runs in the first inning.

Huntington Beach 3, Arlington of Riverside 1: The visiting Oilers (18-12) won their third straight playoff game.

Foothill 4, Mira Costa of Manhattan Beach 1: Christian Maietta drove in two runs for the visiting Knights (21-7).

In Division III

Corona del Mar 7, Paramount 3: Michael Bloom and Steven Manning had three RBIs apiece for the host Sea Kings (17-10).

Beckman 2, La Serna of Whittier 0: Edgar Zamora pitched a one-hitter with eight strikeouts and no walks for the visiting Patriots (24-4).

In Division IV

Fullerton 14, Barstow 9: Dominic Ficociello homered twice for the visiting Indians (21-7), who have scored 27 runs in two playoff games.

Contact the writer: sfryer@ocregister.com


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