Championship worthy

Behind stellar pitching and timely hitting, Ocean View wins program's third CIF title with 2-1 victory against Bonita.

June 10, 2010|By Mike Sciacca

"I joined you in the club," Shane Borowski said as he and Steve Barrett bear-hugged each other late Saturday afternoon.

Borowski, indeed, joined a select group of Ocean View High baseball coaches who have led their team to a CIF Southern Section championship.

That membership now stands at three.

On a hot day in Lake Elsinore on Saturday, Ocean View scored single runs in the second and third innings to take the lead, then rode its established pitching formula and outstanding defensive play over the final four innings to a 2-1 victory against Bonita of La Verne to win the Division 3 championship at Storm Stadium.


Barrett was the first Ocean View coach to guide the program to a section title, doing so by defeating a La Quinta (Westminster) team that was ranked No. 1 in the nation at Dodger Stadium in 1998.

In 2005, an Aaron Kavanagh-coached team won the school's second title at Angel Stadium.

Now it's three section titles in 13 seasons for the school, and Barrett has been present for each of the triumphs.

"We've put together a great baseball family at Ocean View," Barrett said after the game. "We have nice facilities and good, dedicated ballplayers who pass through this program year after year. This is awesome for the school."

When reliever Freddy Sepulveda caught Bonita lead-off hitter Robert Mier looking at strike three to end the game, it set off a mad dash to the mound for Seahawks from all angles: the dugout, infield and outfield.

The celebratory dog pile was on.

Borowski said the game, played in 95-degree temperatures, flew by.

"It went too fast," he said. "It took only 1 hour, 35 minutes to play, but I was holding my breath every step of the way.

"These two guys right here," he continued at his postgame news conference, pointing to starting pitcher Blake Walker on his left and Sepulveda on his right, "and the whole team know how to battle and know how to win. These kids did a tremendous job throughout the playoffs."

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