SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO >> Orange Lutheran produced an excellent pitching performance from Louis Rodriguez in a 4-2 win over La Mirada in the second round of the Boras Classic South at JSerra High on Wednesday.
The senior pitched a full game, allowing two runs on three hits with seven strikeouts. By the time he entered the seventh inning, he had faced at least 18 batters, conceding just one hit and throwing 52 pitches.
“It was a masterpiece,” said Orange Lutheran coach Eric Borba. “The boy only pumps strikes. It’s a great example for our younger boys. Every time he takes the hill we know we have a chance to win.”
Rodriguez has seven wins in 10 games this season with 55 strikeouts in 45 innings and a .77 earned running average.
The win sets up a matchup between Orange Lutheran (20-3) and Trinity League foe JSerra in the semifinals of the Boras Classic on Thursday. The game will take place at 6 p.m. at JSerra.
The Lancers took two out of three games in a league series from JSerra earlier this season.
“We love competition,” Borba said of playing JSerra. “It’s always fun when we play against each other and we look forward to the opportunity.”
Orange Lutheran (20-3) scored all of their runs in the third inning as they batted around. Chase Cummings walked out of the inning and stole second base to get into goal position. He was driven in by Derek Curiel’s double giving the Lancers a 1-0 lead.
Mikey Romero drove a single in a run and Casey Borba hit a victim fly to give the Lancers a 3-0 lead. Ben Reiland capped the rally with a bases-loaded walk for a 4-0 result.
The Lancers’ batsmen were hampered from then on by La Mirada freshman pitcher Paul Dominguez, who conceded just two hits over 4 1/3 innings scoreless with nine strikeouts.
“The difference between the first and second man was challenging,” Borba said. “The first guy threw off speed and Dominguez is throwing in the upper 80s. I thought we had some hard hit balls straight at people but he definitely did a great job for a freshman.
La Mirada (17-5-1) hit two runs in the bottom of the seventh inning with two outs. After a leadoff walk, Eric Jeon doubled up to put two runners in goal position. Freshman Maverick Russell hit a two-run single.
Ahead of Wednesday’s game, Orange Lutheran learned they had won the Trinity League overall championship when St. John Bosco defeated Santa Margarita in an afternoon game.
“It’s a bit strange to get the news when we haven’t even been together, but it’s great news,” Borba said. “The Trinity League is as tough a league as the nation. Every time you have the opportunity to get this plaque and put it on the wall, these kids will remember it for the rest of their lives.”
La Mirada will play St. Augustine of San Diego on Thursday at 3:00 p.m. at Mater Dei High.