The Coast Union High School Bronco baseball team won an exciting playoff victory Thursday, May 16, at home against the Knights of Trinity Classical Academy from Valencia. Coast tallied 6 runs in the first inning and held on to top the Knights, 6-4.
Thanks to their victory in the first round of the CIF Southern Section Division 7 playoffs, Coast Union travels to Southern California to play Concordia High School in Sylmar. That game is at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 21.
Meanwhile the Lady Broncos softball team buried Einstein Academy 38-0. The score would not have been that outrageously lopsided except that in CIF playoff games there is no “mercy rule,” so the teams were required to play seven innings, notwithstanding the unbalanced scoring. (The mercy rule says a team leading by 10 points or more wins after five or more innings.)
The Lady Broncos are scheduled to host a second playoff game against Faith Baptist on at 3:15 p.m. Tuesday, May 21, in Cambria.
In the baseball game, Grant Magnuson had a rough day at the plate, striking out three times, but on the mound Magnuson was excellent. He tossed 115 pitches, allowed just two earned runs and he scattered eight hits over seven innings for the win. He struck out six batters and walked two.
Using his fast ball and a sharp curve, Magnuson got out of several jams, including a bases-loaded situation in the seventh inning. With one out and the tying runs and potential winning run on base, he struck out the next batter. The last hitter for the Knights popped up weakly to Magnuson to end the game.
The key hits for the baseball team were delivered by junior Tommy Howard (who had two hits) and senior Alex Bautista. Howard crushed a line drive down the right field line — which was fair by inches — to drive in two runs with a double in that first inning.
Bautista singled to right field with the bases loaded bringing three runs home after the Knights committed throwing errors on the play.
Gehrig Kniffen had a pair of hits for the Broncos, Emmany Godinez had a hit and Quinten Raethke drove in a run. The Broncos committed four errors, including a pair in the seventh, which gave the Knights opportunities, but Magnuson’s gritty performance in the seventh closed out the game for Coast.