Redemption may be too strong a word. But Two players who had recently found themselves in less than good graces with Orange Coast College baseball coach John Altobelli responded with strong performances Saturday to help the Pirates sweep their best-of-three Southern California Regional playoff series against visiting El Camino.
Freshman right fielder Tommy Bell, who was dressed down for not hustling in Friday's opening-game win, went four for four with two runs batted in and two runs scored in the 8-2 triumph that sent No. 1-seeded OCC (28-9) into next weekend's best-of-three Super Regional round against Allan Hancock (24-14-1). No. 13-seeded Hancock upset No. 4-seeded Palomar, two games to one, in the regional round.
The Super Regional begins Friday at 2 at OCC, with a game to follow Saturday at noon and, if necessary, Sunday at noon.
Freshman left-handed pitcher Art Vidro, who had recently been demoted to the bullpen, got the start and worked 6 2/3 innings to earn the victory and improve to 5-3 and extend OCC's winning streak to eight.