Beach Pit Classic:

CdM wins live in Irvine teams

BASEBALL: CdM rallies for 7-5 victory behind Moskovits’ three-run homer. CdM is 5-1 against Irvine-based schools.

April 09, 2008|By David Carrillo Peñaloza

CORONA DEL MAR — If only Corona del Mar High played schools from Irvine every time.

Then the baseball season would be a roaring success.

Before the Sea Kings took their field against Woodbridge Tuesday, the fourth Irvine-based program they’ve faced this season, Danny Moskovits listened to Coach John Emme.

“Win this game because then we got the Irvine sweep,” Emme said.

Moskovits ensured a Sea King victory.

The junior hit the game-winning three-run home run, breaking fifth-inning tieas the Sea Kings came from behind to win, 7-5. They advanced to today’s fifth-place game in the Beach Pit Classic.


The homer to right-center field was Moskovits’ lone hit for CdM (8-9).

Woodbridge (2-15) introduced their fourth pitcher, Andrew Sharp (0-1), and two pitches later, Moskovits went the other way to give the Sea Kings a 7-4 lead, capping a six-run fifth.

“That pitcher was the kind of pitcher I love to hit off,” Moskovits said. “He threw a nice fastball down the pipe.”

Sharp’s (0-1) pitch wasn’t so sharp. Close enough for Moskovits’ liking.

The pitch came a little high and outside before Moskovits tagged it for his second homer of the year, giving CdM its second win during the four-day, 16-team tournament. Both victories are against Irvine schools, the first an 11-7 win over Northwood. Both are also come-from-behind wins.

Important ones helping the Sea Kings reach today’s home game against South Hills of West Covina at 11 a.m. Now they’re looking to gain some momentum before Pacific Coast League play resumes next week.

The victories against programs from Irvine that will count the most in the Sea Kings’ efforts of making the postseason for the 10th straight year under Emme will be against Irvine and University, two league teams, down the stretch.

CdM, which is 3-3 in league, has beaten Irvine twice and has split two games with University. Irvine is one game back of the third-place Sea Kings, who trail second-place University by one game.

The team the Sea Kings play, South Hills (12-2), ranked No. 2 in the CIF Southern Section Division III coaches’ poll, dropped their second game of the tournament to Irvine, 10-9.

“It’s really important [to keep playing well] because we’re playing a tough team,” Moskovits said of South Hills, which beat Greeley West of Colorado Tuesday to advance. “If we beat [the Huskies], that will give us a lot of confidence going in the second half of league.”

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