Los Angeles Preps: Pat Duarte

Baseball D1: Newbury Park 2, Corona 1

June, 1, 2012

LOS ANGELES -- Newbury Park’s Luke Eubank has been hard to hit all season. He was especially tough in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 championship game at Dodger Stadium on Friday night.

He gave up only three hits, struck out eight, and beat Corona, 2-1, to win the first CIF championship for Newbury Park since 1968.

Coming into the championship game, Eubank (11-0) had a 1.01 ERA and 77 strikeouts in 76 innings pitched. He also had pitched three no-hitters.

Eubank pitched a masterful complete game against Corona. He was perfect through the first three innings. He gave up a run in the fourth inning, then retired the last 11 batters he faced.

“Luke throws a lot of first-pitch strikes,” Newbury Park coach Matt Goldfield said. “After Luke got through that inning, he battled, battled, battled. I know he was a little bit tired, but I wasn’t taking him out, believe me.”

Corona starter Pat Duarte was nearly as effective as Eubank. He gave up only seven hits in six innings and struck out three with no walks.

But he ran into trouble in the third inning.

Nick Lovullo led off the inning with a double into left field. He reached third base when the left fielder misplayed the ball in the corner.

Taylor Zander knocked in Lovullo with a one-out double. Ricky Davis followed with another RBI double to give Newbury Park a 2-0 lead.

But that was about all the offense Newbury Park (20-14) could muster off of Duarte.

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