COSTA MESA — As the defending Orange Coast League champion, there’s a sense of pride and ownership the Costa Mesa High baseball team possesses in each league game this year.
That status has been put to the test this season, and there was yet another challenge entering the seventh inning against crostown rival Estancia Tuesday. But Garrett Hirsch and the Mustangs were there to signal the league title goes through Costa Mesa. With runners on the corners, Hirsch laid down an excellent bunt that led to a two-base error, scoring two runs. Hirsch scored on a Brandon Kelly bunt to lead to a 7-4 victory that moved the Mustangs to first place in the league.
“It was a perfect bunt, right where we wanted it to be,” Costa Mesa Coach Jim Kiefer said of Hirsch’s bunt that rolled toward third. The Estancia pitcher picked it up and threw it over the first baseman’s head, as Andrew Fulkerson and Tyler Sheffner scored. Fulkerson singled to reach, while Sheffner got on on a bunt that caused an error by the pitcher.