Thursday, March 27, 2008

All California Final At The National Classic

The Orange County Register got it right last last week when they ranked Orange Lutheran the Number One team in Orange County. Prior to this weeks tournament, the Lancers had won eight in a row and had outscored their opponents 50-13 during the streak. That momentum continued this week as the OL from the OC scored 40 runs and allowed 16 in the first three games of the tourney and will play in the championship tonight. Included in those wins was a 1 hit, 13 K performance vs. Yucaipa by Gerrit Cole, ranked the Number 1 prospect in America by Perfect Game. Cole also went 2 for 2 with a home run and 4 RBI's.

Aaron Gates preceded Coles outing with a 10 K outing the day before against Cottonwood in Game One.

Yesterday's semifinal was a bit tougher as the Lancers faced a Seminole Ridge team that is playing a lot tougher than their record (6-10) would suggest. However, the Hawks from Florida could not keep the Lancers off the bases and lost in a slug fest, 16-11.

Joining Orange Lutheran in the final is another California team in Crespi Carmelite College Prep. The 10-3 Celts beat a very strong St. Johns College Prep featuring AFLAC All American Scott Silverstein and 8 other D-I signees, 8-6. Crespi from Encino, CA features Carlos Lopez, a Cal State Fullerton signee and Jeremy Rodriguez who will be attending Cal State Bakersfield.

According to the Crespi web site, which is very well done and informative...

"Crespi came from behind in a classic to defeat nationally ranked St. John's of Washington DC, 8 - 6. The game, which did not end until 12:30 am, went back and forth in the early innings with Crespi starting on top 1-0, only to go quickly down 4-1. After coming back to 4-3, the Celts put together a five run fourth and never looked back. Big Game Harry Grace got the start and the submariner did his thing in keeping the Celts in the game despite a couple streaks of wildness that he continued to work on as he picked up his second win of the tournament. With so much pitching being used in the first two games, the Celts called up closer Josh Mason from the JV's on Wednesday afternoon and, of course, threw him into the fire immediately. Mason was smart enough to use his defense to get the first varsity out of his career as he allowed the St. John's hitter to single to left where Zack Wiley picked up the ball and threw a strike to Jeremy "The Wall" Rodriguez who was waiting patiently at the plate to apply the last out of the inning. Mason, a sophomore, then went on to throw the fifth inning, relying on his 87mph fastball to do the job and pick up a 'hold'. The sixth and seventh innings belonged to the Crespi All-Time save leader, Sean Gilmartin, who came in and completely shut the door for the final two innings, striking out 5 of the 6 batters he faced. The win sent the Celts to their second National Classic final (2004) where Crespi lost 2 - 1 to Villa Park. Game 1 starter E. C. McSweeney will get the start followed by anyone left who can raise their arm above their shoulder."

Game time is 7:30 at Cal State Fullerton.

California teams have won 11 and lost 5 versus their out of state rivals. Here are the scores from yesterday's games:

Calvert Hall, MD (2) vs Cottonwood, UT (7)
James River, VA (12) vs West Linn, OR (7)
Aptos, CA (6) vs Christian Brothers, TN (4)
Jupiter, FL (11) vs Bishop Amat, CA (4)
El Dorado, CA (3) vs Yucaipa, CA (11)
Esperanza, CA (3) vs Vista Murrieta, CA (1)
Seminole Ridge, FL (11) vs Orange Lutheran, CA (16)
Crespi, CA (8) vs St. Johns, DC (6)

The Consolation games today are:
Game #25 - Calvert Hall, MD ___ vs West Linn, OR ___ at Field #4, 4:00pm
Game #26 - Cottonwood, UT ___ vs James River, VA ___ at Field #4, 9:00am
Game #27 - El Dorado, CA ___ vs Vista Murrieta, CA ___ at Field #4, 12:00pm
Game #28 - Yucaipa, CA ___ vs Esperanza, CA ___at Field #2, 10:00am
Game #29 - Christian Bros, TN ___ vs Bishop Amat, CA ___ at Field #2, 2:00pm
Game #30 - Seminole Ridge, FL ___ vs St. Johns, DC ___ at Field #1, 2:00pm
Game #31 - Aptos, CA ___ vs Jupiter, FL at Field #1 __, 10:00am

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