Irvine Valley freshman pitcher Ryan Abady continued the impressive start to his season on Saturday at home.
The left-handed Abady pitched a complete game and the Lasers came up with clutch hits in the eighth and ninth innings to earn a 2-1 come-from-behind victory over Long Beach City.
The win improved Irvine Valley's record to 8-4 overall and halted a two-game slide.
Abady gave up just one run (unearned) on four hits with no walks and had six strikeouts for the win.
He improved his record to 2-0 on the season and dropped his ERA (in 25.1 innings) to just 1.07.
But Abady was still on the hook for a loss going into the bottom of the eighth inning on Saturday.
Long Beach City scored its run in the top of the second on a two-base error and then an infield hit and an error.
Jackson Foss was wheeled around third to score on a bad throw after an infield hit Aaron Fawcett.
Fawcett finished with two hits on the day for Long Beach City.
The game stayed, 1-0, until the bottom of the eighth inning thanks in part to the solid pitching by Long Beach starter Schuyler Hill.
After another out made it two outs in the inning, IVC freshman center fielder Dillon Millar hit a bouncing ball to second base that took a bad hop over the second baseman's head and into right field. It allowed Mendoza to come around and score and tie the game at 1-1.
Hill was taken out after the eighth inning.
In the bottom of the ninth inning, IVC freshman first baseman Lucas Tancas hit a double to left field off of reliever Anthony Timmons.
After an out, sophomore third baseman Adam Vargas was hit by a pitch to put runners on first and second.
And then freshman catcher Branden Williams lined a hit into left field to bring in Tancas for the winning run.
IVC freshman left fielder Clint Jack was 2 for 3 with a walk on the day. Millar was 1 for 3 with one RBI and Williams went 1 for 3 with one RBI in the win.
Hill took a no decision for Long Beach City, going eight innings and giving up one run on five hits with two walks and five strikeouts.
Long Beach City's record slipped to 2-7 overall.
Irvine Valley and Long Beach City meet again on Tuesday in Long Beach at 2 p.m.
The Lasers will then start Orange Empire Conference play next Thursday at home against Fullerton at 2 p.m.