By John Sherrard
Two CIF Southern Section Top 10 teams met in the opening round of the 5th Annual Boras Classic on Tuesday and Mater Dei High School came out on top over La Mirada, 5-1.
Mater Dei (11-6), ranked eighth in Division 1, received a complete-game four hitter from senior pitcher Michael Thomas.
La Mirada (15-3), ranked No. 2 in Division 2, off to its best start in the last few years, will play Bishop Amat (14-5) in a second-round consolation game at noon today at Mater Dei. The Monarchs advanced to a second-round game against Corona Santiago.
In other first-round games Tuesday, Bishop Amat lost 3-1 to Corona Santiago and Damien fell to Huntington Beach, 4-1.
Bishop Amat’s loss broke a 10-game winning streak.Corona Santiago scored twice in the top of the seventh on a run-scoring double by junior catcher Jacob Shanks for the 3-1 lead.