Baseball: Left-hander Jacob Erickson comes through for Mater Dei [Video]
For the second consecutive week, closer Jacob Erickson of Santa Ana Mater Dei was asked to start a championship game on the mound. And for the second time, Erickson threw a shutout, leading the Monarchs past Oaks Christian, 6-0, on Friday night in the Southern California tournament final of the Boras Classic at JSerra.
Mater Dei (14-1) advances to play Pleasant Grove, the Northern California champion, in a noon championship game at the University of Pacific next Saturday
Erickson, a left-hander, threw a shutout last weekend to beat Harvard-Westlake, 4-0, in the championship game of the National High School Invitational in North Carolina. On Friday, he struck out 12, walked none and allowed six hits.“It’s unbelievable to get two starts in two big tournaments,” Erickson said. “The key has been throwing strikes and keeping batters off balance.”
Mater Dei scored five runs in the first inning. Freshman Josh Stephen contributed the key hit, a three-run double. He had two hits on the night. Ryan McMahon was named tournament MVP. He had eight consecutive hits in the tourney. Oaks Christian dropped to 12-3-1.
In the third-place game, Lakewood defeated JSerra, 8-3. Andrew Mendoza, JP Crawford, Kyle Clary and Javier Alvarez each had two hits.
In consolation games, Brian Oleesky threw a two-hitter and Hayden Rappoport had a pair of doubles in El Camino Real's 2-0 victory over Hart. Jack Poulsen threw a four-hitter in Loyola's 3-0 win over Vista Murrieta. Brian Caruso had a triple and two RBIs.
Dan James had three hits in El Toro's 3-1 win over Great Oak. Raul Abundis hit a home run in Corona Santiago's 4-1 win over West Ranch. Chatsworth defeated Chaminade, 7-6. Raul Camas had a double and got the save, getting a game-ending double play. Anaheim Canyon defeated Bishop Amat, 3-1.
-- Eric Sondheimer