After losing their first two games this season, the Coast Union baseball team reeled off eight straight wins, including five straight against Coast Valley League opponents. But on Friday, April 11, the Broncos were humbled on the road by a good Santa Maria High School team, 16-4.
The good news is that the lop-sided loss was a non-league affair, and Coast Union still sits on top of the Coast Valley League standings with a 5-0 record, a game ahead of Valley Christian Academy (4-1).
The Friday game was close (2-1, Santa Maria) heading into the second inning, but Santa Maria capitalized on Coast Union errors and walks in that inning, tallying 11 runs to bury the Broncos.
Both teams collected six hits, but the difference was the Bronco pitchers issues 11 walks, hit two Santa Maria batters and committed four errors.
The next home game for Coast Union is at 3:30 p.m. April 22 against King City.
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