April 29, 2001
COSTA MESA - In a game decided within its first 15 minutes of action, the Orange Coast College baseball team dropped an 11-3 Orange Empire Conference decision to visiting Cypress Saturday. The Chargers (28-13, 13-9 in conference) jumped out to a 5-0 first-inning lead before the hot dogs and hamburgers were finished cooking on the barbecue.Jeff Tuttle's three-run home run was the big blast in the opening frame for Cypress. With the loss, the Pirates (23-15, 11-11)
April 13, 2001
VISALIA - The Orange Coast College baseball team suffered its first loss in two years in the Sequoias Tournament, but the Pirates still finished Thursday with one win. OCC (22-9) defeated Reedley, 10-1, early in the day as freshman Scott Beerer, a Newport Harbor High product, played all nine positions. Pirates Chris Sinner and Glenn Hedgepth ripped a double each as freshman left-handed pitcher Eric Estrada earned his first win of the season. In the second tourney game, Coast built a 4-0 lead, but later had to rally and failed when the Pirates lost, 10-9, to Long Beach City.
May 13, 2002
GLENDALE - The Orange Coast College baseball team needed only one game to finish the job Sunday, rallying twice to top host Glendale, 9-8, to win one Southern California Regional. The victory propels Coach John Altobelli's Pirates (32-12) into a best-of-three Super Regional series, beginning Friday, against an opponent to be determined. Orange Coast, the designated home team, received some heroic performances from some unlikely sources Sunday, after Glendale stormed to leads of 4-0 and 7-1. Orange Coast sophomore Chris Sinner put the Pirates on the board with a solo homer in the fifth and Ryan Marcos, whom Altobelli said has been struggling offensively, keyed a six-run seventh with a three-run double.
June 12, 2001
1. Football team shares the Mission Conference title with Palomar, earns a bowl bid and upsets the nation's fourth-ranked team, Mt. San Antonio. It's the Bucs' first winning season since 1993 and first conference title since 1990. 2. Men's soccer team reaches state title game, finishing 19-4-4. The 16-win improvement over previous season includes a huge regular-season victory over Santa Ana, ending the Dons' 70-game unbeaten streak. 3. California Community College Men's Swimmer of the Year Tyler Townsend breaks national junior college 100-meter butterfly record (48.1)
April 5, 2002
COSTA MESA - If there was any doubt the Orange Coast College baseball team has responded from its gut-check session three weeks ago further proof came Thursday when the Pirates earned their eighth straight victory, a 10-5 Orange Empire Conference win over visiting Cypress. The Pirates (22-1, 7-5 in the OEC) had lost four out of five before beginning their current streak. A 13-2 loss to visiting Saddleback March 16 resulted in the gut-check time for the Bucs, and they have responded.
February 5, 2001
Steve Virgen The nightmare is over for Orange Coast College baseball Coach John Altobelli. He can now open his eyes to a new day, a new team that actually wants to get better ... together. With young, hungry players, strong pitching and a scrappy tag, the 2001 Pirates will make most forget of last year's underachieving team. "I was very disappointed in the way we played,' Altobelli said of last year. 'Last year's team was an older, more powerful team that I thought was going to go a long way. But, we had a lot of 'I' guys on the team.
April 1, 2000
Joseph Boo IRVINE - Woodbridge High's starting pitcher Eric Flagel and a Newport Harbor lineup without starters Scott Beerer and Miguel Sandoval were a deadly combination for the Sailors' baseball team on Friday night. Flagel was absolutely brilliant in throwing a no-hitter en route to an 8-0 Sea View League victory for the Warriors at Windrow Park. He struck out 11 batters while walking three. Visiting Newport only hit two balls out of the infield.