Northwood, won, 9-8, Friday.
The Mustangs' meltdown was so sad, even Northwood Coach Rob Stuart
felt sorry for Costa Mesa. Assuredly, the New York Yankees' Mariano
Rivera, after the 2001 World Series' Game 7, would empathize with the
"I feel badly for (Costa Mesa Coach) Kirk (Bauermeister),' Stuart
said. "He's a hell of a coach. I really respect what he's done with his
guys and how hard they compete. From an outsider's viewpoint, I feel
badly for them. But as a coach I'm glad we won."
After the game, Bauermeister told his players, "I'm really proud of
you," and then he told the media about the Mustangs' bad luck.
"Out of our nine (PCL) games, we led eight of them going into the
fifth inning," said Bauermeister, whose team is 3-6 in the PCL, 9-11
overall. "I have no idea how to explain it. We have led just about every
game through five innings, and the last couple innings, we get weird
hops, and we get bleeders. We haven't done a good job with the eight and
nine (batters). We walk and hit those guys. But I don't know, I never
seen anything like it. It's the strangest thing I've ever seen ... We
just have to play five-inning games maybe, or something. I feel terrible
for our kids."
Perhaps Mesa's mountaintop-to-valley type of game was the reason
Bauermeister felt terrible.
The Mustangs displayed the essence of teenage years with cheers and
high-fives because of a three-run rally in the fourth inning, that broke
a 2-2 tie. But, in the bottom of the sixth, the Mustangs had looks on
their faces as if to say: Not Again!
"For some reason we can't close it out," Bauermeister said.
With an 8-6 lead and Northwood's No. 7, 8 and 9 batters due up,
Bauermeister went to his senior leader Nick Cabico in the bottom of the
"I would have done the same thing," Stuart said.
After a fly-ball first out, Northwood's Dustin Landeis picked up a
base hit on a high chopper toward second base. Cabico walked the next
batter and Ryan Macqueen loaded the bases with a base hit. Then, Cabico
had to face Stanford-bound shortstop Chris Lewis. Cabico had struck out