"He chiefed it out," Altobelli said. "He finally came to me after the seventh and told me he was done [having thrown 96 pitches, striking out seven and walking none]. "He gave us all he had and his tank was empty."
David Hill said being able to win one final time, which allowed him to match Jacob's 11 victories this season, was both unexpected and special.
"Our trainer did a great job just getting me ready for that," David Hill, who was limping visibly after the game, said. "There was a lot of tape on there. With the adrenaline in the first couple of innings, I didn't really feel it. But after that, I couldn't help but feel it. But I wasn't going to come out until I finished the seventh and told Alto that that was all I had."
Altobelli said this team gave it all it had, which was substantial.
"[These players] really started to believe in themselves, really came along great and jelled together," Altobelli said. "We never lost more than two games in a row and shute, nine losses in a season, that's really impressive."
In the 66-year history of OCC baseball, only the 2009 state championship unit (37-14) had more wins than the 2014 Pirates. The 2012 team that lost its first two games in the state championship tournament, finished 36-7-1.
Orange Coast 5, San Joaquin Delta 3
SCORE BY INNINGS
OCC 002 020 100 – 5 4 1
SJD 120 000 000 – 3 11 2
D. Hill, Purpura (8) and Delaney; Williams, Held (5) and Thoreaux. W – D. Hill, 11-1. L – Williams, 2-2. Sv – Purpura (2). HR – Thoreaux (SJD).