Orange Lutheran (Orange, Calif.)Another No. 1 team suffered the upset bug Friday when the top-ranked
Lancers fell 5-4 to West Ranch (Valencia, Calif.)
in the third round of the Southern Section Division I playoffs.
West Ranch got a two-out, two-run double from freshman Jagger Rusconi
in the bottom of the sixth inning to rally his team to the win. West Ranch won its first Foothill League title this season and had not gone further than the second round in previous playoff appearances.
Orange Lutheran (23-5) had been ranked No. 1 overall for the past two weeks following Olympia's loss in the Florida 8A state playoffs.
The Lancers led 4-3 in the top of the sixth on an RBI single by Dalton Frize
led West Ranch, going 3-for-3 with a ground-rule double. His two-bagger, along with a walk to Jd Krauskopf
and a hit batsman, set the stage for Rusconi's hit, which was also a ground-rule double.
West Ranch advances to the semifinals.