LOS ANGELES — Despite losing five of its last six regular season games, Eagle Rock High School entered the L.A. City baseball playoffs seeing some light at the end of the tunnel and navigated its way to its first City Section baseball championship in school history.
The Eagles defeated Northern League rival Franklin, 10-6 May 28 at Dodger Stadium to cap a season that quickly went from despair to distinction.
Twin brothers Andrew and Jacob Alvarez led Eagle Rock to the victory. Andrew pitched a complete game, struck out nine and had two hits. Jacob drove in three runs with a single and a double.
“I was playing on my field of dreams here today at Dodger Stadium,” Andrew Alvarez said. “My coaches trusted me and my defense backed me up all day. What a way to finish the season.”
The Eagles broke a 3-3 tie with five runs in the fourth inning scoring three runs on bases-loaded walks and adding two more on a Jacob Alvarez single.
The 8-3 advantage proved to be too much for Franklin to overcome.
Eagle Rock extended it to 10-3 in the sixth on RBI singles by Jacob Alvarez and Carlos Vasquez.
“We came here ready to play and played hard, and played with a lot of heart,” Jacob Alvarez said.
Adam Fawal had two hits and scored three runs for Eagle Rock and Vasquez had two hits and Steve Brown knocked in two runs.
Franklin defeated Eagle Rock twice in the last week of Northern League play, but the winds in Northeast Los Angeles had clearly changed a month later.
The Eagles, who finished the season 12-11, started its playoff run with a 7-4 victory over Gardena and then defeated South Gate, 4-3 and Chavez, 3-1 to set up a rematch with Franklin.
“We came out here today focused and ready to play,” said Eagle Rock Coach Jeremy Camacho about facing Franklin for the third time this season. “We fixed all the little errors that had hurt us before the playoffs.”
The Eagles also got stellar pitching from four different starters. Jacob Alvarez threw a one-hitter in Eagle Rock’s semifinal win against Chavez. Fawal and Vasquez threw complete games against Gardena and South Gate, respectively.
David Telles and Ceasar Celis had two hits each for Franklin, which finished its season 17-7.