About the only thing that didn't frustrate Orange Coast Coach John Altobelli was that the host Pirates beat Golden West, 8-7, in an Orange Empire Conference baseball game Saturday.
Among the frustrating things: only one umpire showed up and Orange Coast made three errors, which led to unearned runs. The Pirates also made a couple of running mistakes, one of which cost them a run.
Orange Coast (14-11, 6-3 in conference) scored twice in the sixth inning to take an 8-6 lead. But Golden West's Nate Freeman opened the ninth with a double down the left-field line. John Matlock's two-out single drove in Freeman but reliever Mike Guymon struck out Ken Miles to end the game and get his first save.
"Boy was that ugly," Altobelli said. "But the bottom line is that we got it done. It's unfortunate that only one umpire showed up for a game this important. . . . It was nice to finally be on this end of a close game after having so many injuries early in the season."