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Orange Lutheran baseball dominates No. 1 Mater Dei in another extra battle – Orange County Register

SANTA ANA — Brady Murietta’s single in the top of the 10th inning marked Derek Curiel out of second place with the eventual winning run in Orange Lutheran’s 2-1 victory over Mater Dei in a Trinity League game Friday at Mater Dei High School.

The Lancers (9-6-1, 4-5) have won two of three games against the Monarchs (10-5-1, 7-2) in a pitcher-dominated league series this week. Two of the games were decided in extra innings.

Mater Dei, ranked No. 1 in Orange County, beat No. 4 Orange Lutheran 1-0 in eight innings Wednesday at Mater Dei. The Lancers came back to win 1-0 Thursday at Orange Lutheran to set up Friday’s series-deciding contest.

“It seemed like every throw counted and every outing was tough,” Lutheran Orange coach Erik Borba said of the series. “We had a slow start in the league. We knew it was a great series. We really challenged them (the players) before the week and especially the pitching staff. We had a meeting and talked about the pitching staff who blamed this team.

Curiel walked with one out in the 10th and Murietta pulled one out later.

Mater Dei was called for a denial on a pickup attempt, sending Curiel down second and putting Murietta in position to drive into the starting run with a single.

“When he came second, it was like I was put in that position for a reason,” Murietta said. “My head was clear and I was thinking of nothing but getting in there and helping my team.”

Dylan Wetzel hit Brody Connors at home with two outs in the first to give the Monarchs a 1-0 lead.

Orange Lutheran responded directly within a second. Ben Reiland’s single led Josiah Hartshorn with the tying run.

The pitching took the rest of the way.

Orange Lutheran’s Vinny Hudson replaced starter Colt Peterson in the fourth and allowed two hits and a walk with four strikeouts in 3 1/3 innings.

Nolan Tillitt replaced Hudson with one out in the seventh and finished the game, allowing two hits and four walks with five strikeouts.

After the Lancers took the lead in the 10th, the Monarchs had a runner-first with one out late in the inning. Tillitt retired the next two batters to end the game and pick up the win.

Mater Dei starter Landon Gordon allowed one run on three hits in four innings.

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