With aces Christian Bodlovich (Mira Costa) and Drew Dalquist (Redondo) on the mound, it would have been a safe assumption it wouldn’t take that many runs to settle Tuesday’s meeting between the rival schools.
However, the opening game of the final series of the regular season turned into a night of unsafe leads.
Redondo scored the first five runs, only to have Mira Costa hit for six in the fourth against Dalquist.
The Sea Hawks retook the lead in the bottom of the fifth. By the time the fog cleared, Redondo (20-8, 8-1) had prevailed 14-12 over Mira Costa (20-8, 8-1) in the Bay League matchup.
“That’s why baseball is a funny game,” Mira Costa coach Keith Ramsey said. “There isn’t a person in the South Bay that would have thought this game would have been more than eight collective runs. Pretty surprising all the way around, but that’s why baseball is a funky game.”
Funky can also describe this installment of the Redondo-Mira Costa rivalry.
Dalquist was replaced in the sixth with a 12-7 lead. Jake Thau, Thursday’s scheduled starter, ran into some trouble as Bodlovich ripped a three-run double, cutting the score to 12-10.
Thau escaped the inning with Redondo holding a 12-11 lead.
Trailing 14-11, Mira Costa brought the tying run to the plate with one out in the seventh inning against Matthew Dalquist. The Mustangs’ Ethan Chang singled in a run, cutting the score to 14-12.
Later, with the bases loaded, Dalquist struck out Robbie Knowles to end the game.
The win moves Redondo into a first-place tie, setting up a one-game showdown Thursday at Mira Costa for the league title.
“At the beginning of the season, if you would have told me that Redondo and Mira Costa for one game, winner take all, I would take that 100 percent,” Redondo coach Andy Diver said. “They’re a great team, that’s a great team. That team is fantastic … we’re pretty good too.”
“Bodlovich was a little off of his game, I thought Drew (Dalquist) was a little off of his game, but to the hitter’s credit, both offenses were extremely competitive.”
Brett McCauley was one of the key Sea Hawks hitters that led the way. The senior went 4 for 4 with a three-run home run and five RBIs. Theo Forshey got the Redondo offense started with three-run home run in the first inning.
Kyle Karros hit a two-run home run for Mustangs in the fourth and just missed a three-run blast in the sixth, settling for a long single.
“I was proud of the way we battled,” Ramsey said. “We were down 5-0, then 9-6 and 12-6 …we didn’t do enough right to win, but I did love our fight.”