Serra (18-12), the No. 1 seed in the bracket, also got the majority of its run production from the very top of its lineup. No. 2 hitter Miles Jenkins went 3 for 4 with a double and four runs scored, and also No. 3 batter Jordan Brown went 3 for 4 with a double, an RBI and a run scored.
Prior to this year, Yorba Linda had never advanced beyond the wild-card round of the playoffs.
Several runners weren’t stranded by yorba Linda then.
At the next, home Jenkins doubled on to produce the score 3-0.
Jenkins was hit by a pitch and scored on a single from Damone Hale to give the Cavaliers a 2-0 lead.
The top four hitters in the Mustangs lineup drove Friday, each got run.
YORBA LINDA – The Yorba Linda baseball team came from behind twice and scored all but one of its runs with two outs in an 11-7 victory over Serra of Gardena at a CIF SS Division 3 quarterfinal Friday at Yorba Linda High School.
Following Serra scored two to take a 5-3 lead, the Mustangs sent nine batters to the plate at the bottom half of the inning. Ricky Wink Lane, Curren and Strong delivered RBI hits with 2 outs.
“We do not give up easy,” Strong said. “To have it happen with two outs and get all those runs is unbelievable.”
The Mustangs (21-9), who are ranked No. 9 in the division, will play at No. 4 Great Oak of Temecula in the semifinals Tuesday.
Yorba Linda led 8-7 before incorporating three runs in the sixth, one on a pitch, another on a ball and the third on one bases-loaded walk.
Mustangs pitcher Garrett Paschal, who had struck out two hitters from the first time to kill a Serra rally, struck out the side in the seventh to secure the victory.
“It hasn’t been unusual this year,” Yorba Linda coach Matt Stine said of their two-out rallies. “It started early in the year. We come back and it’s been clear to these men. They are aware that when there are just two outs, we have an opportunity. Today was a perfect example.”
The Mustangs tied the score with two runs in the third and a run in the fourth, but had stranded eight runners during four innings.
Yorba Linda pitcher Bryce Vogel fought with management at the first inning and the Cavaliers were able to innovate.