IRVINE -- Back in 1987, the Movie "Three Men and a Baby" was a top-seller, people around the country were "Walking Like Egyptians" thanks to the Bangles No. 1 hit single, the energy drink Red Bull was invented, a gallon of gas was 97 cents and the Orange Coast College baseball team won the Orange Empire Conference title.
Led by record-maker Joey James and future Major Leaguer Brent Mayne, the Pirates went 16-4 in the OEC and finished 1987 with a record of 35-13.
Just 25 short years later, the Pirates returned to the top of the OEC mountain thanks to a 7-2 win on Tuesday over Irvine Valley College. Despite two trips to the State Final Four and one State Championship, this is the first-ever outright conference title for John Altobelli in his 20-year career at OCC.
"About time, right?" Altobelli joked. "That goes to show you just how tough it is to win this conference and how deep this conference really is. Especially at this level where teams reload so fast -- you never know what to expect year in and year out. We're glad we have this honor, but with all due respect to the OEC, this is not what we're striving for this year. We've still got a lot of baseball left to play."
Eilert Meyers went 2-for-5 with a run and two RBI, while Bijan Rademacher added three hits and an RBI for OCC (30-4-1, 17-3 in OEC). Boog Powell went 2-for-5 with two runs scored, Justin Broussard added two hits, a run and an RBI and Joel Licon picked up a hit and two RBI in four at-bats.
Keegan Yuhl pitched five scoreless innings of relief to pick up his 10th win of the season. He allowed just one hit and one walk with four strikeouts to improve to 10-1 for the season.
OCC jumped out to a 3-0 lead before the Lasers (14-20, 7-13) trimmed the deficit to 3-2.
It stayed that way until Coast added a run in the seventh, two more runs in the eighth and a run in the ninth to close things out.
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