The ball hasn't been bouncing in the La Cañada High baseball team's favor much this season.
So when Anthony Mizrahi turned on an inside curveball during a home game against Rio Hondo League opponent San Marino, Spartans Coach Dennis Ballard feared the worst.
"When he first hit it, I thought it was just going to be a long fly ball and it just kept going — then I thought it might go foul," Ballard said. "The way things have been going, I thought it might land on this side of the fence and he'd get thrown out between second and third because he thought it was a home run. When things are going badly, you almost expect bad things to happen."
Mizrahi defied Ballard's worst-case scenario, sending the ball over the fence for a solo home run in the bottom of the third, tying the game at 1 after the Titans scored on a passed ball in the top of the third.