With the runner leaning off second base, DeFrenza stepped off the rubber and faked the throw to the bag. Shortstop Tyler Rios leaped as though DeFrenza’s throw went over his head and toward center.
The runner took off for third, and DeFrenza, with the ball, chased him down, catching him between third and second for the third out of the inning. Calvary Chapel Coach Doug Adams couldn’t believe his player failed to pick up the ball or the third-base coach.
“We knew that play was in their repertoire,” Adams said.
The play worked in favor of Estancia for the first time this season.
The timing hurt Calvary Chapel as it finishes in a two-way tie for third place with Laguna Beach. Three teams in league receive automatic berths into next week’s CIF Southern Section playoffs.
Estancia is in the postseason for the first time since 1994. Calvary Chapel didn’t help its cause to return to the playoffs, failing to take advantage of its pitchers giving up just two hits. Calvary Chapel also stranded runners on second base three times.
In the fifth and sixth innings, Calvary Chapel saw its leadoff batter get on. It didn’t faze DeFrenza.
With a runner on second and one out, DeFrenza mowed down a batter and then induced a grounder to get out of the fifth unscathed. The following inning, DeFrenza let the leadoff man on.
After a couple of pitches, DeFrenza got the runner out with the help of Gonzalez at first base. The left-handed Gonzalez watched the runner giveaway his intention, hands moving toward second.
DeFrenza easily caught on and picked the runner off. Estancia was five outs to closing out the league crown.
DeFrenza recorded the next three outs and exited in the seventh after only throwing 63 pitches.
Boselo relieved DeFrenza. When Boselo got the final two outs, Sorensen breathed a sigh of relief.
“It really did feel just like the rest of [the wins this season],” said Sorensen before realizing the magnitude of the victory.
Gonzalez reminded Sorensen.
“The school had gone 19 years without a title,” Gonzalez said. “I’m fortunate to be a part of it.”
Orange Coast League
Estancia 1, Calvary Chapel 0
SCORE BY INNINGS
Wallach, McDaniel (2) and McLuckey; DeFrenza, Boselo (7) and Dominguez. W – DeFrenza, 9-3. L – Wallach. 2B – Wallach (CC).