Malibu baseball headed to tourney championship

File photo: MHS baseball players surround Bronson Bard after he hit a home run against the Santa Paula Cardinals. Sharks pitchers Ezra Allen and Noah Simon combined to throw a no-hitter, and Malibu gave up just one unearned run in a 5-1 win earlier this season.

Behind Chase Lambert and Alvie Alvarado’s offense, and Ezra Allen’s pitching, the Sharks beat Morse High 11-4 on Wednesday to make the team 3-0 in the San Diego Lions Spring Break Classic tournament and are now headed to the championship game Thursday afternoon.

Junior standout Lambert went 5 for 5 with a double, three runs scored, three runs batted in and two stolen bases. Alvarado, a senior, went 3 for 4 with three doubles and is now 8 for 12 in the tournament with six doubles and five RBI.  

The Sharks took a 4-0 lead early but tough Division-3 opponent Morse High scored 3 runs of their own to make it 4-3.  

With the Sharks leading 5-4 in the sixth inning, Malibu put the game away by scoring six breakout runs in its final two at-bats, making it an 11-4 final.

Allen, a freshman, pitched four innings of relief for the win.  Allen is now 3-0 on the year.  In addition to a 5 for 5 game from Lambert and the tourney surge of Alvarado, freshman Dylan Ross was 2 for 3 and sophomores Bronson Bard and Austin George each had two hits and two RBIs a piece to help the Sharks put up 11 runs and advance for the first time to the championship.

The Sharks will play Sweetwater High of San Diego on Thursday. Malibu is now 12-1 on the year and continue their best start in school history.

On Monday the Sharks beat Escondido Charter 8-7 and won again Tuesday in extra innings against Linfield Christian, 5-1.