The confidence Cypress Coach Scott Pickler has in starter Ron Corona was put to the test Friday in a Southern California playoff game against visiting Orange Coast.
OCC had a five-run lead after two innings but Pickler remained with Corona, who settled down while Cypress rallied for a 10-5 victory.
"He's our best," Pickler said. "I thought if we scored some runs he would be a little tougher."
The runs started to come in the fifth when the Chargers, who have won nine in a row, got four. Two more came across in the sixth, both on wild pitches.
Adam Spiker's home run to right started a three-run seventh that also included a two-out RBI bunt single by Gerald Laird, who also had an RBI single in the fifth.