Instead of slapping Brent Lawson in the rear end, teammates slapped his helmet when he reached home plate at Corona del Mar High last Saturday.
The three runners Lawson brought home with a grand slam congratulated him. The hits to the head almost felt as good as the ones Lawson collected on the baseball field.
Lawson broke out with his first four-for-four performance at CdM. He homered, doubled and singled twice, and drove in six runs.
It turned out to be a career day for Lawson. Ideal timing as the junior helped the Sea Kings beat Beckman, 18-14, to win the Newport Elks Tournament Foothill Bracket title, the first tournament claimed in Coach John Emme's 14 years at CdM.
The effort by Lawson shows how much he has developed as a hitter. Through the first six games of the season, he batted .500 (nine for 18) with three home runs, 15 runs batted in and four doubles.