For the second consecutive year, the Arroyo Seco Royals eliminated the Orange County Pirates from the Sunset League playoffs.
On Thursday, in a win-or-go-home scenario, the Royals knocked off the top-seeded Pirates, 8-3, at Cypress College.
Eric Navarrete kept ASR’s season alive with eight strong innings.
Navarrete allowed a pair of runs on eight hits.
The soon-to-be MidAmerica Nazarene University junior issued two walks and fanned nine OCP batters.
Blake Borgogno singled and doubled.
Travis Hobbensiefken had an RBI single.
Nick Mascaro singled and scored.
Rocco Caballero walked and scored.
The Pirates did not post their pitching stats.
Offensively for the Royals, La Salle High grad, Evan Nahra, homered and drove in three.
Jordan Zuniga, singled, doubled, scored and had one RBI.
Jesus Maldonado walked and had an RBI.
Brennan Beckley singled, scored and drove in a run.
Jonah Paez walked, singled and scored.
Diego Frey and Andres Garcia singled and scored one run each.
Alex Marquez had an RBI single.
Up next: The Royals will meet up with the Field Rats (15-9) today in the best-of-three championship series.
The first pitch is set for 1.
The Field Rats earned their spot in the final round by defeating the OC Pirates, 17-8, in the first of two playoff games on Thursday.
Win: Eric Navarrete
HR: Evan Nahra (ASR)
2B: Jordan Zuniga (ASR); Blake Borgogno (OCP)
Records: ASR (13-11); OCP (16-7-1)