Los Angeles Preps: Steven Harrison

LA North and Orange County: Oaks Christian 6, Laguna Beach 3

May, 27, 2011
5/27/11
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WESTLAKE VILLAGE -- When his teammates needed him most, Drew Hacker responded.

The senior captain for the Westlake Village Oaks Christian baseball team delivered a pair of timely hits and provided the Lions with a reliable presence on the diamond throughout Friday's 6-3 victory over visiting Laguna Beach in a Southern Section Division 4 quarterfinal showdown.

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Eddie Raburn/For ESPNLA.comWhenever Oaks Christian needed him Friday, senior Drew Hacked seemed to deliver in a victory.
“When it comes down to leaders, no one is as important to our program than Drew. He went out there and got things done for us, no questions asked,” Oaks Christian coach Tim Penprase said.

Hacker did just that for the Lions (25-6) -- he got things done, on more than one occasion.

Trailing by a run in the bottom of the first inning, Trevor Gretzky came around to score from third base for Oaks Christian on a well-executed suicide squeeze by Hacker. The sequence, along with a run scored by Brandon Evans beforehand, gave the Lions a 2-1 lead heading into the second inning.

Hacker was just getting started too. With two outs in the bottom of the third inning, his pressure-packed single ended up scoring both Gretzky and Cole Taylor to extend the advantage to 4-1. Hacker scored as well, on a Nate Palace base hit, to give Oaks Christian a comfortable four-run lead.

“I'm out there to do a job, fill my role on this team like everyone else, that's all,'' Hacker said. “Stats don't mean much to me. I'm more concerned with winning. Everything else is a bonus.''

The Breakers (27-3) threatened in the fifth inning. With the bases loaded and one out, Steven Harrison stepped into the batter's box. His grounder was fielded by Hacker, who combined with second baseman Blake McFadden and first baseman Gretzky to turn an inning-ending double play.

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Inland Empire and OC: Laguna Beach 5, Indio 2

May, 19, 2011
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11:34
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LAGUNA BEACH — Geographically speaking, Indio and Laguna Beach couldn't be more different.

But the high school baseball teams from the respective cities displayed a remarkably similar brand of high-level competition Tuesday, going head to head in a Southern Section Division 4 first-round game at Laguna Beach High.

In the end, the Breakers delivered more timely hits and escaped with a 5-2 victory, their first home playoff win in the 73-year history of the program.

“We want to keep fighting,” said Laguna Beach catcher Erik Peruzzi, whose two-run double in the third gave his team the lead for good. “We want to get to the final round.”

After enduring a 125-mile bus ride from deep in the low desert to the sunny shores of Laguna Beach, the Rajahs scored first on a run-scoring double by Jose Lopez in the second inning.

Laguna Beach right-hander Chris Paul, who has signed with UC Santa Barbara, then settled in and prevented Indio from mounting another rally until the seventh.

The Breakers (22-6) gave Paul all the run support he'd need in the the third.

Larry Stewart reached on an error to lead off the inning and Jake Herbert followed with a bunt single. Keaton Jones then tied the score with a double to right-center field. Two outs later, Peruzzi doubled off the screen in left center, driving in Herbert and Jones for a 3-1 lead.

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