Mike Kelly's single with two out in the top of the eighth inning allowed the Mater Dei High School baseball team to open the Angelus League season with a 4-3 extra-inning victory against host St. Paul.
The Swordsmen enjoyed a 3-0 advantage when the Monarchs came to bat in the top of the seventh inning. Anthony Follico opened the Monarch rally with a single, and Ted Flores tripled to drive him home.
Mater Dei had the bases loaded with two outs after Kelly walked and Rich Albert was hit by a pitch. Kevin O'Connor then slugged a two-run single to tie the game, 3-3.
The Swordsmen were unable to score in the bottom of the seventh against Monarch starter Jon Hulshof, who earned his third victory of the season, allowing just three hits while recording five strikeouts.
Mater Dei (1-0, 5-0) scored the winning margin after Tony Gardea reached base in the top of the eighth on an error by the St. Paul third baseman. Kelly drove Gardea home for the margin of victory. St. Paul's record is 0-1, 5-3.
In other Angelus League action:
Servite 8, Bishop Montgomery 5--Junior right-hander Jeff Larson (3-0) struck out six, walked one and allowed only two earned runs as the Friars won the league opener at Bishop Montgomery (0-1, 2-3). Servite (1-0, 4-3) enjoyed a big sixth inning when Chris Ulmer contributed a bases-loaded single and two RBIs. Jason Rolish went 3 for 4 on the day, and Doug Beuerlein added two RBIs.
In Sunset League play:
Edison 10, Westminster 4--The visiting Lions were ahead, 4-2, until Charger Pat Walker smashed a three-run double with two outs in the fifth inning, scoring Ron Chock, Greg Martin and Rick Justice. Martin hit a grand slam in the sixth, and middle reliever Lance Emma (4-0) took the victory for Edison (1-0, 8-3).
Marina 3, Huntington Beach 1--The Vikings trailed 1-0, but constructed a three-run rally in the top of the sixth to upset the Oilers at Huntington Beach.
With two out, Tom McNamara singled, David Emmons drew a walk and Steve Blokdyk doubled to score McNamara. An error by the Oilers allowed Greg Knuss to reach base, and a throwing error by the Oiler third baseman gave Emmons and Blokdyk the opportunity to score for the 3-1 victory. Reliever Rob Hanson was the winning pitcher for Marina (1-0, 4-2), entering the game in the bottom of the third inning and allowing just one hit, striking out five and walking two.
In nonleague action:
Gahr 16, Loara 1--The Gladiators clobbered the Saxons in the second round of the Palos Verdes Tournament. Gahr (8-1) had 16 hits, including Ron Hauczinger's grand slam. Hauczinger also had a sacrifice fly and a two-run double. The winning pitcher was Gladiator Steve Zernola, who pitched the first three innings.
Jeff Peterson was the losing pitcher for Loara. Dale Kojac, who reached base on an error, scored the Saxons' only run in the third inning.
Laguna Hills 4-4, Saddleback 3-3--The Hawks pulled out victories in both ends of the doubleheader in their last at-bat of each game at Laguna Hills. The first game went into eight innings after the Hawks came back from a 3-0 deficit with a run in the sixth and two in the seventh.
In the bottom of the eighth inning, Dave Shetland of Laguna Hills (7-4) singled and scored the winning run on a two-out throwing error by Saddleback third baseman Albert Camacho. Steve Fesperman and Shetland had two hits each for the Hawks. Winning pitcher Wayne Helm (3-1) threw five innings of relief, struck out seven and allowed no runs.
Camacho led the Roadrunners with two hits and two RBIs. The pitching loss was charged to Steve Delgado.
In the second game, Laguna Hills' Howard Gasser hit a two-run homer in the bottom of the fifth to bring the Hawks to within one run at 3-2. In the seventh, Dave Stevens produced the winning hit, a bases-loaded single which scored Chad Miller. Hawk reliever Jay Christensen (4-1) was the winner, and Myron Butler took the loss for Saddleback (1-6).
Los Alamitos 14-9, El Toro 9-2--Home runs by Ricky Nen and J.T. Snow, the sons of former professional athletes, helped boost the Griffins to a convincing win against the Chargers in the first game of the doubleheader at El Toro.
Nen, son of former Los Angeles Dodger infielder Dick Nen, hit a solo homer in the first inning, and Snow, son of former Los Angeles Ram football player Jack Snow, had a grand slam in the seventh inning. Travis Tarchione also had four RBIs.
El Toro's Frank Appice, who is hitting .556, had three hits, as did Scott Shockey, who is averaging .533. Ryan Young had two hits and four RBIs.
The Griffins' sealed their command of the second game with five runs in the top of the sixth. Robbie Katzaroff contributed three hits, and Nen had two hits and three RBIs.
Capo Valley Christian 7, San Clemente 5--Bobby Stephens had a successful day for Capo Valley Christian (4-1) with a two-out, three-run homer in the top of the seventh inning to win the game at San Clemente. He also had an RBI double and scored two runs.