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CdM skid reaches three

Bats stay silent for Corona del Mar baseball team, which has scored just five runs during its losing streak.

April 08, 2011|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza, david.carrillo@latimes.com

CORONA DEL MAR — In eight days, the Corona del Mar High baseball team has gone from first to third in the Pacific Coast League.

The Sea Kings' offense has disappeared during the stretch. The result is three straight losses.

The Sea Kings dropped their latest at home to Northwood, 4-3, on Friday. Playing in the friendly hitting ballpark usually bodes well for CdM.

This time, it hurt the hosts.

"We had a bad approach at the plate all day long," CdM Coach John Emme said. "[The Timberwolves] decided that they were going to go stand on the warning track and we decided we were going to try to hit home runs through the wind. We told them before the game, 'Right-center is the only place where the ball is going to carry.' I can't count the number of F-7 [outs we had] all day long.

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"If the kids refuse to adjust at the plate, we're going to lose some ballgames."

The Sea Kings (9-5, 4-3 in league) lost a second straight one-run game to the Timberwolves this week.

Northwood (7-5, 5-2) is now in second place, behind Beckman, which is undefeated in league. The coach of the Patriots attended Friday's game, and now Kevin Lavalle only has to worry about the Timberwolves, who have reeled five straight league wins

Northwood is back in the league title race and it can credit pitcher Steven Whisler. The junior was the second Timberwolves' starter to go the distance against CdM in four days and prevail.

Whisler is not going to overpower batters, but he records outs. The right-hander only gave up three runs and five hits, none for extra bases, to improve to 3-2.

Whisler worked for his third complete game in league. He had the Sea Kings' top of the order up in the bottom of the seventh inning.

After getting the first two batters he faced out, Whisler got into trouble. He had a 4-2 lead, but then walked Brent Lawson. Clark Cashion and Josh Harrison singled in back-to-back at-bats, Harrison bringing Lawson home to cut the deficit to one.

Cashion and Harrison each kept the ball on the ground, which helped the two get their second hits of the day and give CdM a chance to extend the game into extra innings or win it in walk-off fashion.

None of the two happened. Like many of the batters, Whisler got Andrew McCormack to fly out to right field, putting an end to any CdM comeback.

At no time was Northwood Coach Rob Stuart worried about Whisler. He stuck with him after asking him a simple question.

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