Eagles land on top

Estancia scores run in first and pitchers DeFrenza, Boselo make it stand to help program win first league title since early 1990s.

May 14, 2010|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

COSTA MESA — Five seniors walked behind home plate at Estancia High Thursday with their parents at their side. Each beamed when Coach Matt Sorensen announced their names and the names of their parents.

The sixth senior taking the same path onto the field before the Orange Coast League finale cracked a smile.

Andres Gonzalez wasn't with his parents, though.

Ruben and Ana Maria Gonzalez couldn't make their son's senior day. Andres understood why they weren't there to watch him play against Calvary Chapel. Mom and dad live in Ensenada, Mexico.

"They can't see me play because they work," said Gonzalez, adding he lives in Costa Mesa with friends of his parents. "Work comes first."


Gonzalez didn't feel alone.

Boys' basketball coach Agustin Heredia and his wife, Kimberly, escorted Gonzalez, during the pre-game ceremony. Gonzalez was around the people he's called family the past two seasons, teammates and coaches.

They took care of Gonzalez, making him feel at home. Gonzalez paid them back in a big way Thursday.

Gonzalez drove in Alex Trancoso for the game's lone run as Estancia claimed its first league title since the early 1990s after beating Calvary Chapel, 1-0.

Gonzalez was one of the first players to race toward the mound to celebrate after starter Marc DeFrenza and reliever Ryan Boselo combined to shut out Calvary Chapel for the second time in three days. Gonzalez and 17 teenagers piled on top of each other.

The pileup happened more than once after Estancia (17-10, 9-3 in league) learned it won the league outright with defending champion Costa Mesa losing at Laguna Beach, 6-0. The crosstown rivals entered Thursday tied for first in league.

At the bottom of the stacked bodies was Sorensen and assistant coach Brandon Thompson. In Sorensen's third season at the helm, he turned Estancia into a champion.

Gonzalez gave Sorensen his reward. Gonzalez, with the help of Roy Smith, doused Sorensen with the Gatorade bucket.

"I'm happy that it happened to him because he's a really good kid," Sorensen said of Gonzalez coming through with the big hit in the bottom of the first inning with two outs. "That wasn't one of his hardest hits of the season, but it was one of the biggest.

"He's been working really hard. He struggled with his stick a little bit early on in the season. He turned it around. He made a lot of adjustments."

Gonzalez can thank Thompson for staying after practice to work on his swing. Thompson never says no to anyone wanting to improve.

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