COSTA MESA — Estancia High assistant softball coach Marcus Franco took a few steps toward the outfield, teasing Costa Mesa High senior center fielder Nikki Lether.
Lether flashed the leather, making back-to-back nice catches in the third inning of Tuesday's Orange Coast League game. Franco, the head coach at Costa Mesa in 2008 and 2009, asked Lether if that was the same center fielder who couldn't catch a fly ball four years ago.
Franco helped build up the Mustangs' edge in softball experience over the Eagles. Costa Mesa used that experience to frustrate its former coach all game.
The Mustangs scored at least once in every inning as they pummeled their cross-town rivals, 16-4, at Estancia High.
"We played amazing today," Costa Mesa Coach Nichole Maddox said. "We were defensively sound, offensively sound. We played well as a team today."
The Mustangs (5-12, 3-2 in league) find themselves in a familiar place after the first half of league, in a three-way tie for second place with Godinez and Laguna Beach. Costa Mesa has finished second in the league the last two years to Calvary Chapel, which is again in first place.