An innocent enough moment occurred in the seventh inning of Saturday’s nonleague baseball game between host Corona del Mar High and Costa Mesa.
CdM catcher Anthony DiFerdinando appealed to the home-plate umpire, questioning if Costa Mesa’s Duke Kirby had left third base early following a tag-up.
The sophomore slump has been real for Corona del Mar High third baseman Blake Butcher.
It’s not an accident that Butcher, one of the Sea Kings most reliable hitters as a freshman, was in the No. 8 spot in the lineup for Wednesday’s Wave League baseball game against visiting Marina.
But it took Butcher just one swing to send CdM to a walk-off victory.
His single to left in the bottom of the seventh scored pinch-runner Nolan Dunn as the Sea Kings earned a 1-0 win.