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Sea Kings miss out on second

High School Baseball

CdM finishes in third place in Pacific Coast League, behind University, after 4-1 loss in league finale.

May 10, 2012|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza

IRVINE — Going into the last baseball game of the regular season on Thursday, Corona del Mar High knew it was back in the playoffs. The Sea Kings clinched a CIF Southern Section Division 3 berth two days earlier.

The Sea Kings wanted their return to the postseason after missing it last season to be at home in the first round.

Coach John Emme now expects CdM to start the playoffs next week on the road. His Sea Kings fell short of moving into a two-way tie for second place in the Pacific Coast League.

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The team they were chasing, University, secured the league's second playoff berth with a 4-1 victory at home against the Sea Kings.

All CdM needed to do was prevail and it earns the league's No. 2 spot. The head-to-head tiebreaker belonged to the Sea Kings.

The Trojans (18-7, 10-5 in league) took care of business, avoiding losing to CdM (15-11, 8-7) for the second time in three days. University, ranked No. 2 in the Division 3 coaches' poll, sent out its ace, Jordan Scheftz.

The Sea Kings were the team that knocked University out of a first-place tie with defending champion Beckman by beating the Trojans, 9-5, on Tuesday.

With Scheftz on the mound, CdM wasn't about to share second with the Trojans.

"When he's on the mound, they're as good as anybody," said Emme of Scheftz, who improved to 9-2 after striking out seven and allowing four hits and one run in six innings.

The right-handed junior pitched five scoreless innings after the first inning.

Each side picked up a run in the first inning, CdM's Andrew McCormack singled in a run and University's Itai Reuveni doubled in a run.

The Trojans tried to bring home another run in the following inning. They got too greedy after Cort Hastings mishandled Kia Ho's grounder to shortstop. The runner moving to third was Cam Matin and he wasn't stopping.

Hastings never quit and recovered in time.

The senior retrieved the ball near the edge of the infield and fired to catcher Brent Lawson, who was waiting for Matin. The runner had no chance of touching home plate.

He didn't even attempt to slide in as Lawson tagged him out standing for the third out, making the call an easy one for the home-plate umpire.

The umpire and his counterpart missed a couple of calls in the third inning, each time inciting the visiting fans. Emme was livid as well.

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