Beckman baseball shuts out Los Alamitos to grab spot in Division 3 final – Orange County Register

LOS ALAMITOS — Senior pitcher Rex Jarcy pitched one of the best games of his career Tuesday to lead Beckman to a 3-0 win over Los Alamitos in the CIF-SS Division 3 baseball semifinals at Los Alamitos High.

Beckman (24-6-1) will play St. John Bosco for the Division 3 championship Friday or Saturday at the Lake Elsinore Diamond. The date and time of the game will be announced Wednesday.

The Patriots under coach Kevin Lavalle are no stranger to championship games. This will be the fourth championship appearance for Beckman in Lavalle’s 17-year tenure.

Beckman last appeared in a championship game in 2018 when it lost to Yucaipa for the Division 2 title. The Patriots last won a championship in 2011 when they beat league rival Woodbridge for the Division 3 final.

“I’ve been fortunate enough to coach some really talented baseball teams and play in the finals three times and you’re speechless after every semifinal game,” Lavalle said. “Two months ago we couldn’t even tie our own shoes. We were really bad. The credit goes to these guys for committing to a plan with zero egos.”

“I really wish I could take some credit for it but I just make the lineup and unleash them.”

Everything Jarcy threw from the mound seemed to work for him. The left-hander pitched a complete game, allowed no runs on six hits with three strikeouts.

“I just knew I needed to go out and get ahead and throw strike one,” Jarcy said. “To be able to get ahead in almost every at=bat and have my breaking balls working was the key.”

Jarcy did not pitch a lot for Beckman as a junior, but he put in work with pitching coach Trevor Ernt and earned a spot this season as a senior.

“He waited his turn and was committed to his craft,” Lavalle said of Jarcy. “Trevor (Ernt) deserves a lot of credit for Rex’s success, but it doesn’t matter what the count is, who the hitter is, he goes up and throws strikes.”

Los Alamitos (24-8) sent Long Beach State commit Tristan Dalzell to the mound. The junior allowed no runs and just one hit, but walked five before being pulled in the fourth inning.

Beckman’s offense did its damage in the fifth inning. Zach Ireland hit a leadoff double and scored on a single from Isaiah Kapur.

Ethan Rhee and Brent Byrd also had RBI singles in the inning to give the Patriots a 3-0 lead.

“That’s kind of been our calling card,” Lavalle said. “We like to take a bite, drag you into the deep end and 15 minutes later you’re losing 3-0.”

Los Alamitos was the third-place team in the Surf League this season. The Griffins beat Walnut, La Salle and Mission Viejo to reach the semifinals.

Jake Fowler had two hits for Los Alamitos and Logan Hunt threw 2⅓ innings of scoreless relief. Los Alamitos was seeking its first CIF championship appearance since 1973.

Beckman has never played St. John Bosco before.

“I haven’t even thought about that yet. I’m sure our kids know all their names and stuff,” Lavalle said. “Everyone says baseball is the hardest CIF championship to win. The truth is, every team that has won it has been really good, and we are really good.”

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