PERRIS — The Orange Vista High Coyotes baseball team had one scoring opportunity on Tuesday afternoon, May 7, and they made the most of it.

The Dunn School Earwigs had two good shots at scoring and came away empty each time.

The Coyotes’ Chris Rodriguez stroked a one-out single in the top of the fourth inning, moved to second on a wild pitch and then scored on Giovanni Sanchez’s single for the only run of the game as the Coyotes defeated the Earwigs 1-0 in second round action of the CIF Southern Section Division 5 baseball playoffs.

The loss snapped Dunn’s school record 15-game winning streak.

“It was just an unfortunate loss — a series of unfortunate events,” said Dunn head coach David Lawrence in a telephone interview after the game. “I told our coaches, if we could just score the first run, we’d probably score eight but we just couldn’t get some timely hitting.”

Dunn's Cade Ford hits a two-run home run in the fourth inning of the Earwigs' CIF-SS Division 5 first round playoff baseball game against Palm…

Dunn’s University of Michigan-bound senior Brandon Lawrence pitched a great game, but it wasn’t enough.

Lawrence pitched a complete-game, four-hitter with one walk and five strikeouts for the division’s second-seeded Coast Valley League champions (19-4).

“Brandon pitched a heck of a game,” said Lawrence, Brandon’s father. “He gave up just the one run, went the distance and kept them off base all day, except for that one inning.”

Orange Vista’s (16-12) two pitchers were even better, combining for their own four-hitter.

Starter Chris Ramos went 5 1/3 innings, giving up two hits and three walks with six strikeouts to get the win.

Reliever Casey Murray pitched the final 1 2/3 innings, giving up two hits, no walks and one strikeout for the save.

Dunn's John San Jule rounds third on the way to scoring in the first inning of the Earwigs' CIF-SS Division 5 first round playoff baseball gam…

On a chilly, 59-degree day in Perris, it was a bad day for the Earwigs’ bats to go cold.

The game began with what might have been an omen, or maybe two.

Dunn’s John San Jule opened the game with a single — good omen.

Could the Columbia University-bound leadoff hitter jump-start a big inning as he had when the Earwigs routed the Palmdale Knight Hawks 14-1 in the opening round of the playoffs?

But …

San Jule, a speedy, aggressive base runner, was caught leaning the wrong way off first base and was tagged out in a rundown — bad omen — and the Coyotes’ Ramos mowed down the next eight Dunn batters. Dunn would only get three more hits the rest of the way.

Dunn Earwigs open CIF-SS baseball playoffs with win. The Dunn School Earwigs defeated the Palmdale Knight High Hawks 14-1 Thursday in a first round game of the CIF-SS Division 5 baseball playoffs. Cal-Berkeley-bound senior Ethan Cloyd pitched a one-hit, complete game with nine strikeouts and no walks. At the Late, Cloyd went 4-for-5 with a double and two home runs, knocking in eight of the Earwigs' runs.

The game was scoreless heading into the fourth inning when San Jule once again led off the inning — this time with a walk.

He went to second when Cal-Berkeley-bound Ethan Cloyd singled and they both moved up a base on a double steal.

Second and third, no outs … and Ramos got out of the jam on a foul pop to the catcher and two strikeouts.

And in the top of the seventh, Dunn had its second, and final, chance to get back in the game.

This time Cade Ford and Ben Abelman led off with back-to-back singles.

Murray got out of trouble on a fly ball to right, a strikeout and a short fly to third base to preserve the win.

“We played well, Brandon pitched well but it was frustrating. We’ve been averaging 10 runs a game. I don’t remember a game this season when we scored fewer than three runs. Today was their day.”

Dunn’s 3-0 victory over Northview on April 3 was their lowest scoring game of the season before Tuesday's shutout.

“It’s unfortunate that we had to lose the last game of the season but almost everybody loses the last game of the season. It was just one of those games. We had our chances. We got two on to start the final inning but couldn’t score,” said Lawrence. “But we had a heck of a season — a very successful season. I’m proud of the boys.


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