CORONA DEL MAR — The deuces truly were wild on Newport Harbor High junior Brendan Mestrin.
There were two balls, two strikes, two outs and a 2-and-2 count. Mestrin, the second baseman who wears jersey No. 2 and bats second in the order, was trying to bring in teammate Max Gerard from second base.
Mestrin and the Sailors were down to their last strike in the top of the seventh inning. But Mestrin saw the fastball and did perhaps the logical thing, hitting a big two-bagger to tie the score.
Newport Harbor hung on against its rival Corona del Mar, winning, 5-4, to salvage a split of the Battle of the Bay doubleheader Tuesday afternoon at CdM.
The Sea Kings had taken the first game, 6-3, and were threatening to sweep before Mestrin's heroics.
"I knew I had to get him in somehow," Mestrin said. "I was putting a lot of pressure on myself but I just came through with two strikes on me."