Eagles 3-Peat at Nationals, Place Third at World Series
The OC baseball team made an unbeaten run through the NCCAA Central Region tournament to capture its third straight regional championship.
Austin Orth went 3-for-4 and hit a two-run homer in OC’s 13-3 win over Central Baptist in the title game. Head Coach Lonny Cobble was named the region’s coach of the year for the second time in three seasons. Eight Eagles earned all-region honors, including first-team selections Dillon Endecott and Derek Jones.
The Eagles’ trip to the NCCAA World Series was highlighted by three wins and two extra-inning thrillers.
OC opened with a 2-1 win over Bethesda (Calif.) in 10 innings. Jordan Lopez’s one-out single in the bottom of the 10th brought home Cody Rosecrans with the winning run.
The Eagles completed pool play with wins over Oakland City (Ind.) and Trinity Christian (Ill.) and a loss to Lee (Tenn.), then advanced to play Fresno Pacific (Calif.) in the semifinals.
OC rallied from a 3-0 deficit in the seventh with a Kyle Lacy leadoff home run, a pair of singles, an FPU error, and a Rosecrans squeeze bunt to plate the tying run.
The score remained tied until an RBI single in the 12th gave the Sunbirds a 4-3 win. They claimed their second straight NCCAA title the following day.
Orth was named to the World Series all-tournament team. Matt Brown, Caden Cleveland, Garett Hill, Chase Kuwitzky, Jordan Lopez, Ben McKenzie, Robert Rosser, and Brennan Walker earned NCCAA Scholar-Athlete honors.
View more stories from the Summer 2015 issue of Vision magazine.