When he was ready, he stepped into the batter's box. One pitch is all he needed to see.
On that pitch, Vetrovec gave the Sailors something they have lacked for much of the season: timely hitting.
He delivered in the clutch. He doubled and drove in the game-winning run as Newport Harbor rallied for a 7-6 win.
Vetrovec and his teammates celebrated their first Sunset League triumph of the season. The sophomore, who went three for five with two runs batted in, was happy to be in the position to lift the Sailors.
The pitching coach, Armando Carrasco, told Vetrovec, "They should've walked you."
Vetrovec has turned into the Sailors' best hitter.
He went into this week leading the team in batting average (.400) and runs batted in (seven), and he shared the top spot in doubles (two) with three teammates.
Vetrovec has also become the team's No. 1 pitcher. He was going to be the No. 2 guy, behind Chase Kapana, a second-team all-league pick last season. But Coach Patrick Murphy said Kapana has been out a couple of weeks with soreness in his right throwing arm.
While the Sailors (3-8, 1-3 in league) haven't won much this season, Vetrovec has helped them compete. He's earned two of the team's three victories. When he's not pitching, he plays third base or first base.
The Sailors have been in practically every game this season, three one-run games, two two-run games and three three-run games. They have already produced a league victory, which took them until the end of last season to record.
Vetrovec was on that team last season, learning the ropes as a freshman. The Sailors finished in last place in league, going 2-12-1. Vetrovec doesn't see that happening a second time.