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Attyah’s homers key CdM

Catcher’s two blasts to center are just part of many reasons CdM is able to handle host Hawks.

March 24, 2010|By Barry Faulkner

LAGUNA HILLS — Like the short-porch center-field fence perched atop a virtual cliff, the Corona del Mar High baseball team spent the majority of its Pacific Coast League game at Laguna Hills Tuesday on the precipice.

But, time after time, the Sea Kings found footing on higher ground in an 8-1 victory that helps them maintain their spot at the top of the league standings.

“Superior defense, clutch pitching and great hitting,” said CdM Coach John Emme, whose squad, after a 2-5 start, has opened league 2-0 and is tied for first with defending league champion Beckman. “That’s what we’ve known we were capable of and that’s why we’ve been so frustrated.”

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Frustration generally took up residence in the Laguna Hills dugout Tuesday, as the Hawks (5-4, 1-1 in league) were bested by the visitors in virtually every pivotal situation.

CdM senior catcher Beau Attyah hit two home runs and drove in three runs, including the first of back-to-back first-inning bombs over the inviting center-field barrier that continues to provide a pleasant welcome to visiting hitters.

“It kind of jumps out at you,” said Attyah, who now has five of the Sea Kings’ six dingers this season. “I’ve been on the varsity since my sophomore year, so I’ve seen this field a couple of times. But I’m not trying [for home runs]. I’m just trying to go for base hits the whole time.”

The Sea Kings, who benefited from a first-inning homer by Will Morrow, had their share of hits that didn’t leave the yard. Included in their 11-hit attack were two singles and a double to help key a five-run seventh inning that was sparked by Attyah’s no-doubt, two-run jack well over the, you guessed it, center-field fence.

Attyah finished two for three and scored twice.

Morrow was also two for three with two runs batted in and two runs, while Parker Werline went two for four and Andrew Machoski was two for three.

Three CdM pitchers benefited from errorless defense that included two inning-ending double plays and a highlight-reel sliding catch by center fielder Brian Ford.

But CdM pitchers took frequent turns in the spotlight.

Starter Eric Morris allowed four hits and one run in four innings to improve to 2-0, while sophomore Andrew McCormack came on with the bases loaded and one out in the fifth and worked out of it on his way to his first save.

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