Laguna (22-8) surprised fourth-ranked Newbury Park with a 3-1 win Tuesday, May 23, before an overflow standing room only crowd at Skipper Carrillo Field.
The victory sends the Breakers to the Division 2 quarterfinal Friday, May 26, which will also be played at home. Breakers will face either Etiwanda (22-3), ranked 10th in the state by Cal Hi Sports, or Village Christian (21-4). The Eagles and Tartans were to play Wednesday, May 24.
The victory was Laguna’s seventh straight playoff win over two seasons and was due to strong pitching performances by Blake Burzell for four innings and three innings of relief by Ashton Goddard, who returned to action after missing almost the entire season due to injury. Goddard was the key pitcher in last year’s CIF run.