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Corona del Mar bats go quiet, allowing Ayala to pull out win in the 8th – Orange County Register

NEWPORT BEACH – Ayala of Chino Hills pitcher Adam Seminaris shut down Corona del Mar’s lineup long enough for the Bulldogs to finally break open a close game with a big inning.

Ayala scored five runs in the top of the eighth inning and went on to an 8-3 extra-inning victory over the Sea Kings in a CIF-SS Division 2 first-round baseball playoff game on Friday at Corona del Mar High.

The Bulldogs (22-10), who defeated Villa Park, 1-0, in the wild-card round Tuesday, will take on Mira Costa in a second-round contest Tuesday.

Seminaris pitched all eight innings, allowing five hits, one walk and finishing with a career-high 14 strikeouts.

The No. 4 through No. 9 hitters for Corona del Mar went 0 for 17 against the senior left-hander.

“He did a great job,” Sea Kings coach John Emme said.

Trailing, 1-0, in the bottom of the first, the Sea Kings (20-7) strung together three consecutive hits and scored two runs to take the lead.

Ayala scored twice in the second to go back ahead, 3-2, but CdM’s Preston Hartsell hit a solo home run to center in the bottom of the second to tie the score.

Seminaris settled down and was nearly unhittable the rest of the way. After Hartsell’s homer, Seminaris retired 16 of the final 19 batters.

Hartsell was the only Sea King to have success against Seminaris, going 2 for 3 with a home run, double, one RBI and two runs scored.

“The only guy who seemed to be squaring up the ball all day was Preston,” Emme said. “It’s hard when you don’t put the ball in play.”

CdM starter Chazz Martinez labored from the start, lasting just 1 2/3 innings.

The left-hander allowed three runs on two hits, one of which was a home run to Kyle Vasquez, walked five and hit a batter.

Tommy Wilcox replaced Martinez with two outs in the second and shut out the Bulldogs until they broke the game open in the eighth.

Ayala sent 10 batters to the plate and collected six hits in the extra frame.

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