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Seahawks reach final

Ocean View beats Gahr, 7-3

will compete for Division III crown against Bonita in Lake Elsinore.

June 03, 2010|By Mike Sciacca

The Seahawks are back.

Ocean View will play Saturday in the CIF Southern Section baseball championship game for the first time in five years. On Tuesday, the Seahawks reserved a spot in the Division III title game by defeating visiting Gahr, 7-3.

"It's crazy to even think about it. I'm speechless," said Ocean View's Blake Walker, who got the pitching win Tuesday. "This is a special time for our team and we're so excited to be playing for a CIF championship."

Walker, now 8-0, was more than effective against Gahr, the second-place team from the San Gabriel Valley League. He threw into the sixth inning before Seahawks Coach Shane Borowski pulled and replaced him with reliever Freddy Sepulveda.

The move came after Gahr's Michael Lugo tagged Walker for a two-run home run to draw the Gladiators to within 5-3 with one out in the sixth.

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Sepulveda then did was he does best — shut down the opponent. He struck out two of the first three batters he faced to get out of the inning.

Walker exited with a three-hitter. He struck out three, walked one and hit a batter.

He has started all four of Ocean View's playoff games, winning two of them.

Sepulveda was credited with the second-round win May 25 over Bell Gardens and last Friday's 6-3 upset of top-seed Beckman. He also has one save in the postseason.

"We planned to remove Blake before the (sixth) inning but when we got a few insurance runs in the fifth, we decided to keep him in there," Borowski said. "I thought Blake did a great job. He gave up that homer but he had done an outstanding job in keeping them (Gahr) down for most of the game.

"And Freddy, well, he was unbelievable. He was his usual self and shut them down the rest of the game."

The win sends Golden West League champion Ocean View (21-9) on to Saturday's Division III final in Lake Elsinore (Storm Stadium) where the Seahawks will meet Bonita.

The Bearcats, champions of the Miramonte League, routed San Andreas League champ San Gorgonio, 13-4, in Tuesday's other semifinal game.

"This is unbelievable," Borowski said of Ocean View's first trip to a division final since 2005.

The program has won a section title in its only two other finals appearances. In addition to winning the 2005 championship, the school won its first baseball title in 1998.

"This is a group of players who really play as one," he continued. "They love playing together. It's a group of kids who are have taken on roles that they aren't accustomed to.

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