An exceptionally low scoring, 7-6, second period in favor of Esperanza preceded a small Triton rally in the third. San Clemente cut the margin to 12 going to the fourth. But Esperanza put its foot back on the gas, outscoring the Tritons 20-12 in final period.
Nick Crankshaw, Cole Fotheringham and Elijah Morris each scored 11 to lead Triton scorers. Cade Griffin added 8; Rico Young, Jr., 4; Vince Smetona, 3; and Austin Miller, 2.
The Tritons return to pool play at 5:30 p.m. Friday vs. Laguna Beach at Northwood High School.