Sea Kings knocked out

BASEBALL: Corona del Mar eliminated after it loses to Crespi of Encino in the second round of the CIF Division III playoffs.

May 26, 2007|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

CORONA DEL MAR — Corona del Mar High's baseball team saw too much of the third-base coach from Crespi of Encino Tuesday.

The coach signaled seven runners home in the first inning. Six in the second, four in the third, and by then CdM Coach John Emme said he knew the Sea Kings were doomed.

They were. No second straight comeback in the CIF Southern Section Division III playoffs, as the Sea Kings lost, 19-4, in a second-round game at home.


As the Sea Kings (19-9) gathered one last time, the Celts (23-5-1) were ordered to do pushups, abdominal crunches. The Celts' coaching staff walked away before the team sprinted from the right-field line to center field.

Out of the three coaches, guess which one wore the widest smile? Yes, the third-base coach.

On the other side, Emme wasn't all too pleased.

"We pretty much imploded in the first inning," Emme said.

Matt Scioscia, son of Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim Manager Mike Scioscia, loved every minute of it. So did the rest of the Celts, who included San Francisco Giants outfielder Barry Bonds' son, Nicolai, because their previous three games were each decided by one run.

"I guess we just saved it all for this game," said a smiling Crespi Coach Scott Muckey of the outburst.

Crespi, ranked fifth in Division III, collected 22 hits, three going for doubles, eight of the nine starters recorded at least two hits, handing what Emme calls his worst defeat in playoff history.

"I think it's the worst defeat, period," said the 10-year coach, whose team finished with six hits against the Mission League champs. "From the goals I thought that this team could achieve, I'd have to say that personally I'm a little disappointed. I thought we could've been better, but maybe not. Maybe this was how good we were."

From the start, the Sea Kings buried themselves and their chances of returning to a section championship for the first time since 2004.

Two straight singles, a sacrifice bunt bobbled, and starter Vinnie St. John (3-4) saw the bases loaded. Not only once, but four times in the top of the first. Just like that CdM trailed, 7-0, by the time it came to bat.

Another comeback, like the 19-16 win CdM pulled off at Don Lugo of Chino in the first round, was thwarted. Crespi starter E.C. McSweeney (4-0) lasted four innings, allowed three hits and struck out three.

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