If an observer of the Western State Conference were asked to name the league's best defensive outfielder, chances are that Pierce sophomore Erik Martinez would be mentioned.
Martinez, an all-conference choice who has been offered a scholarship to Pepperdine, often is referred to as a "highlight show" by Pierce Coach Bob Lofrano.
But in Friday's 6-4 loss to Sacramento City, Martinez proved that even the best can occasionally stumble when he lost two key fly balls in center.
"For two years those have been F-8s," Lofrano said of the fly balls that led to unearned runs in the sixth and seventh to draw Sacramento within 4-3. "Today they were E-8s. It's so disappointing (because) Erik doesn't drop fly balls."