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Lopes stars in win

High School Baseball

Senior helps Edison to 2-0 wild-card win over Chaparral and is one of four local teams in CIF playoffs, joining Huntington Beach, Marina and Ocean View.

May 16, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Timmy Lopes (3) pitches against Chaparral in the sixth inning for a CIF wild-card game at Edison. Edison went on to beat Chaparral, 2-0, which included a home run by Lopes, who earned the save, as well.
Timmy Lopes (3) pitches against Chaparral in the sixth… (STEVEN GEORGES,…)

Timmy Lopes started things for Edison on Tuesday, then polished things off.

Lopes, a senior, opened the scoring and took to the mound in the late stages of Edison's CIF Southern Section Division 1 wild-card baseball game against Chaparral, and his book-end performances capped a 2-0 victory for the host Chargers.

Edison wasn't the only local school to win by shutout Tuesday.

Huntington Beach went to Temecula for a wild-card game and returned home with an impressive 7-0 shutout of host Great Oak.

Lopes hit a first-inning home run and later came on in relief of starting pitcher Tyler Jones to close out the final 1 2/3 innings. He struck out three of the six batters he faced.

"This game was a total mirror image of our entire season," Edison Coach Steve Lambright said after Edison improved to 12-13 and advanced to play a first-round game at No. 3-seeded J.W. North. "Timmy Lopes homers, Tyler Jones pitches well, and then Timmy [Lopes] comes in and finishes the job. That's how it's been all year."

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Jones (5-2) gave up four hits but kept Chaparral (13-14, Southwestern League at-large) at a distance for much of his six-plus inning stint. In the top of the sixth, the junior, who entered the game with a 2.04 ERA, gave up a lead-off single. An infield error by the Chargers allowed the Pumas to put runners at the corners with one out, and Lambright then took Jones from the hill. Enter Lopes, who then got the Pumas' Jake Trybulski to strike out looking and Derek Quinn to ground out to third to end the threat.

"Tyler was pitching a shutout, but things could have taken a turn there in the sixth," Lambright said. "I felt bad taking him out, but I felt that I had to bring in my horse [Lopes]. "

Lopes' solo home run in the opening inning provided Edison with what turned out to be the winning run. The Chargers scored their second run in the bottom of the second on an infield throwing error by the Pumas.

"In my 18 years of coaching, Timmy [Lopes] is the best athlete that I have ever coached," Lambright said. "He's the whole package, physically, mentally, and has the makeup to be very successful at the next level."

Edison now goes to Riverside County for a 3:15 p.m. first-round date with J.W. North on Friday. The Huskies (24-5), the division's defending champion, won the Big VIII League title.

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