When the players from Buena High showed up for their baseball game Wednesday night against Kennedy wearing sport coats, ties and penny loafers, the attempt at sartorial splendor drew a few chuckles from the more casually attired Kennedy players.
Buena Coach Stan Hedegard’s all-white, Miami Vice outfit drew the most attention.
“Remember, it’s better to look good than to feel good,” cracked one Kennedy player, clad in a T-shirt, team cap, spikes and his uniform pants.
Unfortunately for Buena, the team didn’t especially look good or feel good on the field during its 12-6 loss to Kennedy in the champonship game of the 24th Babe Herman tournament in Glendale.
Buena (8-8-1), which had appeared in the final on six previous occasions and had won the tournament five times, looked bueno for parts of the first 4 1/2 innings, fighting Kennedy (9-5-1) to a 6-6 tie.
Buena threatened to take the lead with two out in the top of the fifth when, with a runner on third, Kennedy center fielder Don Williams robbed Robert Worsley of a single and a run batted in with a diving catch in right center field.
Williams led off the bottom of the fifth with a single to the same spot in right, and two outs later scored on a wild pitch to give Kennedy, which finished second in the tournament last year, a 7-6 lead.
Kennedy rocked Buena relievers Mike Sandoval and Brady Thurman in the sixth, scoring five runs on five hits and escalating the score to its final numbers.
Kennedy right-hander Jason Farrell (3-2) pitched the last four innings, allowing no runs, to earn the victory for the Golden Cougars.
Vladimir Pajcin was 3 for 4 with 4 RBIs for Kennedy. Williams and Kevin Farlow each had two hits.
Wally Thornhill was 2 for 3 with 4 RBIs as Newbury Park defeated Hoover, 11-1, in the Babe Herman consolation final.
Thornhill had an RBI single in the first inning and a three-run double in the second as the Panthers (8-10-1) took a big lead behind starter Jeff Berman, who pitched five scoreless innings and evened his record at 3-3.
The game was called after six innings.