The top ranked Orange Coast College Pirates baseball team ended its season and fell short of its state final four dreams on Sunday when they lost 9-5 to the El Camino College Warriors at Wendell Pickens Field.
The Pirates journey to the state championships in Chico was ended by ECC who beat the Pirates two games in a row to take their spot at the state championships in Chico.
After winning the first game of the series 5-4 on Friday, the Pirates fell short on Saturday 10-8 and lost on Sunday 9-5
“El Camino is a very good team,” Coach John Altobelli said after the first game of the series.
The Pirates were ranked No. 1 overall in the California State Community College rankings and clinched Orange Empire Conference Champions earlier in the season.
The Pirates looked good out the gate and put up five unanswered runs on the board after three innings thanks to their offense led by Ramiro Velasco (3-for-4, two runs, one RBI), Robert Teel, (2-for-4, one run, one RBI), and Nolan Powers, but were unable to put up any runs after the third.
But the Warriors weren’t about to let the big rubber match game go so easily. In the fourth they scored two runs and their defense - led by relief pitcher Kenneth Haus -- was able to hold off the Pirates offense to zero runs for the rest of the game.
Mental mistakes on the field led to the Pirates losses.
With a late game ninth inning two-run homerun from ECC’s Connor Underwood, the Warrior’s secured the win to move on to the finals.