COSTA MESA — Whenever Costa Mesa and Estancia meet in a high school baseball game, the rivals play for city bragging rights.
More was at stake Tuesday at Costa Mesa.
An Estancia win meant it moved closer to clinching the Orange Coast League's third and final automatic CIF Southern Section Division IV playoff berth.
A Costa Mesa victory and it still had an outside shot to make the postseason with one league game left.
The Eagles made sure to end the Mustangs' season early.
There was a little dog barking in the bleachers on the home side in the sixth inning, but that was the only danger the Eagles felt late in the game. Their coach, Matt Sorensen, did not even stick around for the bottom of the seventh inning.
Without their leader, the Eagles took care of business.
Estancia claimed third place in league and kept the rivalry's Paul Troxel Trophy after beating the Mustangs, 8-6. The Eagles earned the league's final postseason entry after Calvary Chapel picked up a 9-2 win against Godinez, which entered Tuesday tied for third with Estancia.