CdM wins title

High School Baseball

Sea Kings produce 16 hits on their way to capturing Foothill Bracket title in Newport Elks tourney.

March 12, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza,

CORONA DEL MAR — Andrew McCormack arrived at Corona del Mar High six hours before the Sea Kings' baseball game. He was about to take the SAT at eight in the morning Saturday.

The junior tried to focus on the exam, but he was not going to lie. He thought a little about the afternoon's ballgame. It was a big one against Beckman for the Newport Elks Tournament Foothill Bracket title.

When the test was over, McCormack was unsure how he performed on the SAT. He sure scored high in the batter's box.


McCormack picked a good time to record his first three hits of the season. He almost hit for his first cycle.

McCormack homered, doubled, singled, and drove in five runs as the Sea Kings continued to pound the ball. The latest onslaught gave CdM an 18-14 victory against a Pacific Coast League rival to win the tournament for the first time under Coach John Emme.

Heck, the tournament was the first any CdM team has won in Emme's 14 seasons in charge. It felt good to the Sea Kings to do it against Beckman, which suffered its first loss.

The Sea Kings claimed the title after surviving a slugfest. The two teams combined for 32 runs, 26 hits, six home runs, six doubles and one triple. In all, the offenses hammered 11 pitchers.

McCormack reminded everyone that this is the first of four rounds between CdM (4-1) and Beckman (4-1) this season.

"We've had trouble beating them before," McCormack said of the defending league champion Patriots, who swept the three-game series in league with CdM last season. "It's nice to beat them once, but we'll see them another three times and it's going to be another three tough games."

In those next games in league play, expect the Sea Kings and Patriots to use their top starting pitchers.

A crown was at stake Saturday, but both Emme and Beckman Coach Kevin Lavalle did not send their respective aces to the mound. The Pacific Coast League title means a lot more to each team.

The Sea Kings showed they are going to contend for first in league, which Beckman has won the past two seasons.

The offense displayed by CdM impressed Lavalle. In the last two games of the tournament, the Sea Kings scored a combined 29 runs against strong programs, Foothill and Beckman.

From the start, CdM went to work at the plate. Will Morrow sparked a four-run first inning with a triple. Brent Lawson knocked him in with a double to right-center field. Then it was Aaron White's turn and he drove in two runs with the bases loaded.

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