While the Coast Union baseball club has a 31-game winning streak against Coast Valley League opponents since the Broncos’ last loss in 2012, the Lady Broncos are three games up on the boys. After blanking Shandon 10-0 in five innings Friday, May 8, the girls are on a 34-0 roll when it comes to league play.
The last league loss (Coast went down 11-2) came against North County Christian on March 20, 2012. And while a 34-0 run in CVL play is remarkable, what the coaches and players really want to see is more success in the CIF playoffs, which begin next week.
Last year the Lady Broncos were one-and-done in CIF playoffs after losing their first game to Crossroads Christian, 4-1, at home. In 2013, Coast Union got the luck of the draw and was matched up against a very weak opponent in its first playoff game, dominating Albert Einstein Academy in a laugher, 38-0.
But in the second round in 2013, Faith Baptist, a quality team, came to Cambria and sent Coast packing, 7-3. In 2012, Coast lost in its first playoff game to Animo Leadership, 5-2.
Still, getting into the playoffs in 2012 said a lot about the team and the talent coming off a miserable 0-15 season in 2011. That year Coast had two seniors, three juniors, two sophomores and five freshmen, setting up a more experienced — and more successful — team for 2012.
In the victory against Shandon on May 8, coach Rocky Fordyce gave both his pitchers some playing time. Ani Corbet worked three innings, struck out six, walked one and allowed the Lady Outlaws no hits.
Ellie Magnuson pitched the final two innings, allowing no hits and striking out four batters. Remy and Ani Corbet, Patty Bucio and Magnuson contributed fine defensive work.
The Lady Broncos were scheduled to play the Cuyama Valley Bears on Tuesday, but the Bears forfeited the game. Coast did play a nonleague game against the Templeton junior varsity Monday (winning 12-7) as a warmup for next week’s playoffs. Magnuson and Ani Corbet (who drove in five runs) shared pitching duties; Magnuson and Remy Corbet each drove in three runs as the team amassed 15 hits.
Fordyce said in an email that the team is concentrating this week on “playing small ball” (bunting techniques), and on outfielders hitting the right cutoff person and throwing “ahead of the runner.”
He noted that Reagan Kniffen has a sore shoulder, but otherwise the team is healthy. The CIF playoffs begin next week.