HUNTINGTON BEACH — After an April 5 loss at Saddleback College left the Orange Coast baseball team 9-7 in Orange Empire Conference play, Pirates Coach John Altobelli decided it was time to make a point with his players.
Make that a power point.
Altobelli, in his 22nd season at the helm, broke out a 5-year-old power-point presentation made after the Pirates captured the 2009 state title. The visual compilation illustrated how that team came through great adversity, including the death of then-redshirt catcher Jourdan Watanabe, to claim the program's first state crown since 1980.
"After that video, we haven't lost a game, knock on wood," said Altobelli after his team won its sixth straight, 8-3, at Golden West on Thursday to earn a share of the program's fourth OEC title in 10 seasons.