JSerra Baseball shuts down Orange Lutheran for a berth in Boras Classic Finals – Orange County Register

SAN JUAN CAPISTRANO — JJ Hollis has done it again for the JSerra baseball team.

Hollis started a full game for the Lions in a 4-1 win over Orange Lutheran on Thursday in a Boras Classic South semi-final at JSerra High.

Hollis, a junior right-hander, pitched a full game in a 2-1 win over Orange Lutheran on March 11 in a Trinity League game.

That March 11 championship game was a two-hit game. Both of those Orange Lutheran hits came in the first inning.

  • Orange Lutheran’s JJ Robles, right, slides past JSerra catcher Brandon Chang, left, to score a run in the second inning of the Boras Classic baseball tournament semifinals in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, April 21, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, collaborating photographer)

  • JSerra’s Dominic Smaldino, right, shakes hands with teammate Jake Bourne, left, after scoring a run against Orange Lutheran in the semifinals of the Boras Classic baseball tournament in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, April 21, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Photographer contributor)

  • JSerra’s David Horn, left, is safe early as Orange Lutheran JJ Robles can’t handle the pitch in the semifinals of the Boras Classic baseball tournament in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, April 21, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, collaborating photographer)

  • Orange Lutheran JJ Robles manages to field a high grounder against JSerra in the semifinals of the Boras Classic baseball tournament in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, April 21, 2022. After lining up the ball, he turned and threw the runner. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, collaborating photographer)

  • JSerra pitcher JJ Hollis delivers a pitch against Orange Lutheran in the semifinals of the Boras Classic baseball tournament in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, April 21, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • JSerra shortstop Jonathan Mendez, left, slides safely to the sack in second during a tackle attempt in the semifinals of the Boras Classic baseball tournament in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, April 21, 2022. The Lutheran Orange shortstop Mikey Romero, right, applies the late tag. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, collaborating photographer)

  • Lutheran Orange pitcher Gabe Miranda delivers a pitch against JSerra in the semifinals of the Boras Classic baseball tournament in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, April 21, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • Shortstop JSerra Ryusei Fujiwara jumps to catch an Orange Lutheran fly ball in the semifinals of the Boras Classic Baseball Tournament in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, April 21, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Contributing Photographer)

  • JSerra’s Brandon Chang, right, slides under Lutheran Orange pitcher Gabe Miranda’s tag to score a run in the semifinals of the Boras Classic baseball tournament in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, April 21, 2022. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, Photographer collaborater)

  • JSerra’s Jonathan Mendez stands on third base as he claims he was untagged by Lutheran Orange third baseman during the third inning of the Boras Classic baseball tournament semifinals in San Juan Capistrano on Thursday, April 21, 2022. After consultation by the referees, Mendez was deemed safe. (Photo by Paul Rodriguez, collaborating photographer)

Thursday’s game was three hits. One hit was in the first inning, the other two in the third.

Hollis (6-4, 185), who committed to UC Santa Barbara, has given up 12 straight from second in the second to first in the sixth.

Orange County’s No. 5 top-25 JSerra (15-9) will face No. 3 OC Villa Park (23-2) in the tournament championship game Friday at 6 p.m. at Mater Dei High. Villa Park beat Notre Dame de Sherman Oaks 2-1 in Thursday’s other semifinal.

The Lions have won the Southern California portion of the Boras Classic tournament three times.

Orange Lutheran (20-4) will face Notre Dame (19-6-1) in the third place match at Mater Dei on Friday at 3 p.m.

JSerra scored all his runs late in the second set. Brandon Chang hit a two-run brace and scored on a wild pitch. Lou Fujiwara had an RBI single.

Orange Lutheran and JSerra are often the top two baseball teams in the prestigious Trinity League, so their games are usually high-pressure competitions. Hollis liked him so much on Thursday that he didn’t want to leave the game when JSerra coach Brett Kay was considering bringing in a reliever.

“He wanted to take me out in the last inning but I didn’t let him,” Hollis said. “I never want to get out of the game.”

Kay likes this.

“He wants the ball,” said Kay, who compared Hollis to former ultra-competitive JSerra pitchers like Eric Silva, Graham Weiss and Gage Jump. “He’s not going to sit there and blow you away with the speed and things like that, but he’s going to make up his mind and put his teammates on his back and just perform.”

Orange Lutheran took a 1-0 lead in the top of the second inning. Ben Reiland led off with a single and went to third base on Derek Curiel’s single. Left-handed hitter Jacob Pereda fired a bunt which JSerra first baseman Dominic Smaldino picked up with his glove hand and with the same motion lifted the ball to Lions receiver Brandon Chang whose tag was too late to get Reiland, who dragged his left hand through the plate on a headfirst slide.

JSerra hit during his four-point half second. Jonathan Mendez was hit by a pitch, Smaldino walked and David Horn hit a bunt single to charge the bases. Chang, after two bunt attempts ended in a foul, scored a brace on the third base line to lead in Mendez and Smaldino.

After Chang scored on a wild pitch, Fujiwara’s single carried Andrew Lamb for the fourth inning and the lead 4-1.

Orange Lutheran beat JSerra in two of their three Trinity League games last month. The Lancers won the first two games 9-0 and 1-0. JSerra got a 2-1 win in the series finale on Hollis’ double hit.

Also in the Boras Classic South:

No. 2 Huntington Beach 6, part. Lome 5: Brian Trujillo was 3-for-5, including a brace that led to the Oilers’ winning run (17-8) in the eighth inning of a semifinal for fifth place. Adyn Lucero took the victory in relief.

No. 7 Foothill 2, Sierra Canyon 1: Grant Johnson’s bunt scored Jake Fenton from third base as the Knights (21-9) advanced to the consolation championship game. They play Servite Friday at 6 p.m. at JSerra High.

Foothill lost to San Diego’s St. Augustine in the first round on Tuesday and beat San Dimas on Wednesday.

Sierra Canyon entered the tournament with a 22-0 record. Prep Baseball Report’s No. 2 state-ranked Sierra Canyon lost to La Mirada in the first round before beating ML King in the second round of the consolation bracket.

No. 6 Servite 5, Corona 1: Trevor Schmidt picked up the win and drove in two runs for the Friars (14-9).

Servite lost to Villa Park in the first round on Tuesday and beat No. 5 Yucaipa State on Wednesday.

No. 11 Mater Dei 2, Yucaipa 1: Landon Gordon pitched 6 1/3 innings, allowed three hits and seven strikeouts, for the Monarchs (12-12) in a consolation game. Ethan Hedges and Connor Neere drove in Mater Dei races.

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