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Eagles rally to final

High School Baseball

Estancia comes back from two-run deficit, advances to title game in Costa Mesa Division of Newport Elks Tournament.

March 07, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

COSTA MESA — Out of all the Orange Coast League baseball teams, Estancia Coach Nate Goellrich said he has scouted all off them, except for one.

The one team he hasn't seen is defending league champion Laguna Beach. There was a good chance Goellrich might have met the Breakers up close and personal in a big game on Friday, a week before the two teams opened league against each other.

Goellrich said he didn't want any part of the Breakers before league.

The question of facing the Breakers came up after the Eagles advanced to the Costa Mesa Division title game of the Newport Elks Tournament with a 9-3 win at home against Westminster on Wednesday.

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Goellrich didn't know whether the Breakers had moved past their semifinal game against Segerstrom, but he was certain about one thing.

"I would like to wait until [March 16]," Goellrich said of playing Laguna Beach in the league opener, rather than in the finale of the tournament. "We're trying to get ready [for league] by playing different teams and getting different looks."

The Eagles will get to play another team, rather than a league foe during the tournament.

The Breakers lost at home to Segerstrom, 12-1, so Estancia gets to play host to Segerstrom on Friday at 3 p.m.

The Costa Mesa Division title game pits two teams, which have gone 4-0 during the tournament.

How Estancia prevailed was much different from the previous three outings. The Eagles trailed for the first time and they had to come from behind to get past the semifinals of the tournament after failing to do so the past two seasons.

Rallying from a 2-0 deficit showed Goellrich, a first-year head coach, how special his club is early on. He said his team was a little tired from playing its fourth game in seven days.

The Eagles got their second wind in the bottom of the fourth inning against Westminster (2-2). Getting that first hit of the game for Estancia helped start a rally.

Alex Trancoso, the leadoff hitter, was the player who got things going.

He began the fourth with a double over the left fielder's head. Levi Stillman made it a one-run deficit by singling and picking up Trancoso, who went three for four.

The next batter, the No. 3 hitter, Tyler Rios surprised starter Marco Bedolla. On his first offering, Rios laid down a perfect bunt toward first base and he made it safely.

A fielding error loaded the bases for Andres Hernandez with one out. Hernandez singled in Stillman, and Rios followed right behind him, scoring on a throwing error to the plate.

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