COSTA MESA — On the back of the jerseys of Costa Mesa High's opponent were huge numbers.
Through five innings Tuesday, the Mustangs had the big number that mattered most, eleven runs.
The Mustangs were on their way at home to shutting out Saddleback. Coach Jim Kiefer pulled starter Tyler Sheffner after four strong innings and his replacement, Logan Benter, after one inning in relief.
Saddleback managed just two hits before the top of the sixth. Costa Mesa helped the Roadrunners reach base in the final two innings because of hit batters, walks and errors. Nine runs came across.
Costa Mesa almost let one slip away against a team that only won once in league last season, and just twice overall.
The Mustangs hung on and won the Orange Coast League game, 11-9, extending their winning streak to five games. In the first two games in league play, Costa Mesa has been involved in some high-scoring affairs.