SANTA ANA — Paige Lauby threw a three-hitter as El Toro High School defeated Saddleback, 1-0, in a Southern Section 3-A semifinal softball game Tuesday at Centennial Park.
El Toro Coach Jim Dougherty called his pitcher's performance, "another Xerox copy job," as Lauby struck out 15 and walked only three to improve to 15-2.
The Chargers (25-8) will play Don Lugo for the division championship at 5:30 p.m. Saturday at Mayfair Park in Lakewood.
El Toro took advantage of an error in the fifth inning Tuesday for the game's only run.
Kymm Maniscalco, a standout on El Toro's Southern Section 4-A championship soccer team, was the only player with two hits, one of which set up the winning run.
"She's (Maniscalco) a part-time softball player," Dougherty said. "She normally just keeps it (her hits) in the infield, but she's been hitting it well lately."