CORONA DEL MAR — Coach John Emme said Tuesday would benefit the Corona del Mar High baseball team.
"We just found out we're not going undefeated," Emme said with a grin.
The Sea Kings' first setback of the season cost them a shot to reach the semifinals of the Newport Elks Tournament in the Foothill Division. All they had to do at home was beat Katella.
One run is all CdM managed as it lost the final pool-play game, 6-1. The run came on a solo home run by Brent Lawson in the first inning.
The rest of the Sea Kings tried to hit the ball in the air and that was their downfall. Left-handed starter Andy Judd kept CdM's batters off balance for seven innings and earned the Knights' first victory.
Katella does not have much pitching depth, so Coach Carlos Ayala was certainly glad to see Judd go the distance. The Sea Kings (2-1) probably would not have faced Judd if it were not for the Knights having to cancel their opener in the tournament on Friday.