Garden Grove High’s power-packed lineup defeated Santiago 8-0 Tuesday afternoon in a baseball game which game the Argonauts a leg up on the 2013 Garden Grove League title.
The Argonauts (16-3 overall and 9-1 in league) moved into a half-game lead over the Cavaliers (10-8, 9-2) but still must face Santiago one more time, this Friday at the Cav diamond.
Grove rattled 12 hits around its home stadium and was aided by two Santiago errors. After leading 2-0 through four innings, the Argonauts blew the game open with four runs in the bottom of the fifth, then added a pair more in the sixth.
Eddie Carranza pitched a complete game for Garden Grove, giving up just four hits while walking six to pick up his eighth win against one loss.
Andres Arroyo carried the heaviest bat for the home team, getting two hits, a double and a home run. Eddie Carranza, Nestor Vazquez and Chris Williams each had a pair of hits.
Santiago was led by Art Villalobos, who went 2-for-3 at the plate.
In other Garden Grove League baseball action Tuesday, Rancho Alamitos prevailed 10-9 over La Quinta in a slugfest that solidified the Vaqs’ grip on a CIF playoff berth.
On the softball side, Pacifica won its 11th straight game with a 5-3 win over Kennedy at the Fighting Irish campus. The win improved the Mariners’ overall record to 19-5, 6-1 in the tough Empire League.
The M’s are a half-game behind Yorba Linda, a team they’ve beaten twice and a team they’ll face again on May 9 in the final game of the EL schedule at Pacifica High.
In Tuesday’s contest, Kaylee Carlson picked up the win, yielding only one earned run, eight hits and striking out 10 batters. The Mariners suffered some fielding lapses, committing four errors.
At bat the M’s collected only four hits, but were aided by two Kennedy errors. Nicole DeWitt and Kayta Duvall hit RBI doubles.
Also Tuesday in the Empire League, Western fell 1-0 to Yorba Linda. In the Garden Grove League, La Quinta slammed Los Amigos 10-0 and in the Orange League, Anaheim bested Magnolia 7-4.