"The first goal is to win the Orange Empire Conference," said Sneddon, who has guided his teams to the most wins (1,011) of any junior college coach in state history. "I still believe it's one of the most difficult things to do in the state, because we have such quality teams. That was a win that we needed to keep some separation between us and them. This thing's not over, but it was a good win in our park."
Orange Coast scored its only run on Santa Ana's error in the first. With one out, Kevin Cho singled, and he went to third on an errant pickoff throw. He was then singled home by Beck (two for four), who upped his team-best run batted in total to 38.
Santa Ana answered in the bottom of the inning. With runners on first and third and two outs, Doran appeared to have picked off Marcus Meraz at first. But as Meraz was pursued by Beck, Jones broke for home and scored the hosts' first run.