UPDATE, 9:06 a.m. Wednesday: Coast Union will host the quarter-final playoff game starting at 3:15 p.m. Friday, May 24, against top-seeded Nuview Bridge.
Original story, 8:15 p.m. Tuesday: While the Coast Union High School softball team was losing a playoff game at home against the Contenders from Canoga Park on Tuesday, May 21, the Coast Union baseball team traveled to Sylmar to play the Concordia Cougars in the Broncos second-round CIF playoff game.
The Bronco baseball squad came home with a 3-0 victory thanks to the pitching of Quinten Raethke, who went six innings, and Grant Magnuson, who came in during the seventh and shut down the Cougars.
The Broncos scored their only three runs in the third inning.
Raethke started the top of the seventh and walked the first batter after throwing 115 pitches. So coach Brian Machado brought in Magnuson who struck out the first batter. The next batter hit into a double play to end the inning and give Coast Union their second straight playoff win.
Raethke, the winning pitcher, was hit by a pitch early in the game but he was OK to continue. In the third inning, after Alex Bautista grounded out, Emmany Godinez beat out an infield hit and Gehrig Kniffen got a hit, sending Godinez to third.
As Kniffen was stealing second, on the play the catcher faked a throw to try and get Kniffen out, but instead threw to third to try and nail Godinez, who had a big lead off third. But the ball caromed off Godinez' helmet and he scored the first run on that errant throw to third.
Tommy Howard then lined a single, driving in Kniffen, and a wild throw sent another runner home with the third run for Coast Union. That was all the scoring for the Broncos.
Meanwhile, junior Raethke, who with junior Magnuson has handled the majority of the starting pitching chores this season, struck out five, walked five and hit two batters.
The Broncos got a break in the fifth inning when a Cougar batter hit a fly ball to right field and center fielder Tommy Moreno got under the ball, but at the last second the sun blinded him and the ball fell for a hit. The runner on first had seen that the ball might be caught so he stayed on first, but second baseman Zander Stoothoff picked up the ball that had fallen for a hit and threw to second to get the pivotal forceout on the runner.
“We had some opportune plays like that that helped the team,” said John Raethke, Quinten’s father, who attended the game.
Coast Union will face number-one seeded Nuview Bridge on Friday, May 24, in the CIF Southern Section Division 7 quarterfinals. Nuview survived a scare from Santa Monica Academy, 8-7, on Tuesday.