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Kayoda helps El Toro finish sweep of Capo Valley
LAKE FOREST – Ryan Kayoda was throwing strikes, and plenty of them.
Of his 78 pitches Tuesday afternoon, 62 were strikes. His first pitch was a strike to 20 of the 26 batters he faced.
Kayoda's efficient effort led El Toro to a 4-1 triumph over Capistrano Valley in a South Coast League game at El Toro High.
The Chargers completed a three-game league sweep of the Cougars. El Toro, ranked sixth in this week's Orange County poll and No. 8 in CIF-Southern Section Division 1, is 6-0 and in first place in league. Mission Viejo (4-2) is in second place.
El Toro and Mission Viejo play each other twice next week in league action.
A pair of victories against Mission Viejo would pretty much assure the Chargers of a seventh straight league championship.
Kayoda, a senior right-hander who has committed to Cal State Fullerton, allowed two hits and no earned runs, and struck out five with no walks.
El Toro (13-5 overall) committed three errors, one of which led to a run for the Cougars (15-9). But the Chargers offense got timely hitting to go with Kayoda's outstanding pitching.
Gavin Collins drove in one run with a first-inning double and another by homering in the fourth.
El Toro scored its other two runs in the sixth inning on an RBI single by Jonah Arenado and Nick Paglialonga's double.
"That's what we've been getting," El Toro coach Mike Gonzales said. "Great pitching day in and day out. Our defense has not been great but our hitting has been good enough to where we're producing runs."
El Toro won Sea View League championships from 2007-10, and upon moving to the South Coast League in 2011 won that league's championship that season and last season.
The Chargers have six league games remaining, but Collins knows they can't relax.
"This is a hard league to play in," he said. "We've got to take it one game at a time and one pitch at a time. If we do that, good things will happen."
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