The very talented, yet very young, College of San Mateo baseball team is learning baseball's toughest lessons early on this season.
Tuesday's 10-7 loss to Diablo Valley College was a reminder that one play or one poor decision can turn the entire game around.
With a newly-acquired 7-6 lead in hand heading into the ninth inning, the Vikings got two runners on base off of reliever Preston Tarter. In came Joe Armstrong from centerfield to try and shut the door.
"Part of the reason we brought Joe in is because he's a very good athlete and we knew they were bunting,” said CSM manager Doug Williams of the late-inning tactics. "We just made the wrong call. It's a game where, again, we could win. We have to do a better job, as coaches, of preparing them to know what they're getting in to