CORONA DEL MAR — Members of the Corona del Mar High softball team were frustrated late Friday afternoon.
The Sea Kings fell to University, 10-1, in the championship game of the La Quinta Aztec Challenge on their home field. And, while first-year Coach Kiki Muñoz would have rather had her team win the tournament, she said the frustration was actually an encouraging sign.
It was the first tournament championship game appearance for senior mainstays of the program like Delaney Owen and Lindsey Susolik. Muñoz said CdM, which also has a lot of young talent on its roster, will only need to look at Friday's loss as motivation for the rest of the season.
"That fire is burning inside them, that competitor, and that's what I'm trying to build within them," Muñoz said. "You can see it. Today, they're frustrated. In the past, I think they just would have thought it was another game. But you can see the competitive drive coming out in a lot of them now. We're changing the program around, and the girls are doing it. It's not me or the coaches; it's definitely the girls. They deserve all the credit. All we can do as coaches is support them."