CORONA DEL MAR — The game didn't start out the way Andrew McCormack wanted.
The Corona del Mar High junior pitcher allowed three hits and two runs to visiting Irvine in the first inning of a game the Sea Kings needed to snap out of a three-game skid.
But somehow it all came together Monday. McCormack settled down, while the CdM bats came alive. The right-hander and some quality hitting led the Sea Kings to a 7-2 Pacific Coast League win. CdM (10-5, 5-3 in league) had scored only five runs during its three-game losing streak.
McCormack improved to 5-2, as he shut out the Vaqueros after the first inning, allowing just two hits after the opening frame. He finished with four strikeouts and three walks in his complete-game performance.
"It was a pretty rough inning," McCormack said of the first inning. "But I was just out there trying to throw strikes and I knew my teammates would put runs on the board. I was just trying to get out of there [in the first inning] and move on."