NEWPORT COAST — Alex Jimenez goes by "Boom" at Sage Hill School. He showed up to the baseball field one day three years ago with a hat that read, "Boom."
For 5 2/3 innings at home Tuesday, the hat fit Jimenez on the mound. He was on his way to turning off the lights on top-seeded Desert Christian's season.
In a CIF Southern Section Division VI semifinal game, the Lightning had upset on their minds. Their starter was one out away from throwing six scoreless innings against a team that had only lost once this season.
Just one more out and Jimenez allows Sage Hill to enter the seventh with the lead and believing the program's first section title appearance was realistic.
With the Lightning ahead by one, Jimenez jumped ahead of the batter with an 0-2 count. Still ahead, Jimenez fired a pitch that Coach Andy Berglund wishes he had not.