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Estancia falls back in OCL

High School Baseball

Calvary Chapel stays ahead in league race and remains undefeated.

March 27, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Scott Smeltzer…)

COSTA MESA — Going into Tuesday, Coach Nate Goellrich said the Estancia High baseball team was off to its best start in at least 20 years.

Eight wins in the first nine games, including a 3-0 start in Orange Coast League play.

One other team posted a similar mark in league and even a better overall one. The Eagles played host to that team, Calvary Chapel, on Tuesday.

To Goellrich, the outcome came down to a couple of balls hit near the left-field line late.

"Our ball landed foul," Goellrich said. "Their ball landed fair."

First place in league is that close between two schools with the same nickname.

The ball that landed inside the white line broke a tie in the top of the seventh inning and Calvary Chapel scored twice more in the inning to beat Estancia, 5-2.

The visiting Eagles stayed perfect at 9-0, 4-0 in league and stayed atop the league standings. The host Eagles look to regroup after suffering their first league setback.

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Estancia (8-2, 3-1) doesn't have much time to dwell on the loss as it travels to rival Costa Mesa on Friday.

"It's a good thing, bad thing," Goellrich said. "For our guys, we keep the loss fresh in our mind. We're not going to overlook Friday. We have a big game Friday. Winning the first game of a series is huge, and that's our goal, to win every series.

"We just fell behind one team. Hopefully we can win Friday and get back after it next week."

Next week, Estancia and Calvary Chapel play twice. The contests will be huge as they're the last between the league favorites.

The Battle for the Bell is big time as well. Getting up for Costa Mesa, which is winless in league, shouldn't be an issue for Estancia.

The rivalry is always intense, no matter what the records are for each team.

The city of Costa Mesa title means a lot. Goellrich knows. He was an assistant with the Mustangs for four seasons, until he took over at Estancia this season.

He even applied for the job at Costa Mesa and then Estancia offered him a position before his interview with the Mustangs. The interview never happened as Goellrich decided to become Estancia's next coach.

He's never looked back. And there is no reason to with Estancia's hot start.

Goellrich's club outscored its first nine opponents by an average of five runs per game. But his Eagles ran into a hotter team.

Estancia at least became the first team in league to score against Calvary Chapel.

Calvary Chapel recorded shutouts in its first three league games. That is 21 consecutive innings without allowing a run.

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