COSTA MESA — When the class of 2011 first stepped on the softball field at Costa Mesa High, the Mustangs were in a playoff rut.
At the time they hadn't made the playoffs since 2003. But on the same softball field Wednesday stood four seniors — pitcher Tamy Cerrato, shortstop Alex Krohnfeldt, second baseman Sami Feinstein and outfielder Nikki Lether — who had grown up in the program.
Cerrato, Krohnfeldt, Feinstein and Lether all started in that freshman year of 2008. Wednesday marked the third straight year they helped the Mustangs make the playoffs.
They again fell short, however, of making history.
The Mustangs have not won a CIF playoff game in program history. Mesa was one and done yet again after suffering a 15-7 loss to Immaculate Heart of Los Angeles in Tuesday's CIF Southern Section Division V wild-card game. But the strong senior class — also including catcher Alosina Skipps, third baseman Itzel Flores, Sara Torrenueva, Marie Valenzuela and Andrea Valle — could hold its collective head high.