With the bases loaded in the first, Marina’s Kristen Struett was hit by a pitch to force in a run. Struett would later drive in Chloe Kaneko in the third.
Oregon-bound pitcher Jamie Sullivan got the win for Marina (13-6), which went on to fall in the semifinals to eventual champion Valencia, 5-0, then lost in the third-place game to Ayala of Chino Hills, 4-0.
Luth said Sullivan has missed much of the year with a knee injury, but others have stepped up. Struett and senior Jackie Kent have also pitched and Luth said the development of catcher Ari Tedesco has also been big.
Sandy Simmons, a sophomore outfielder, has also had a fine start to the season.
“We still don’t have a specific leader,” Luth said. “We have lots of little leaders. It’s been one of the most fun groups I’ve coached in a long time.”
Marina and Edison were co-Sunset League champions last year, and they play at 3 p.m. today at Edison.
Marina edged Esperanza, 3-2, in its league opener Tuesday. Sullivan got the win in relief.
Edison: The Chargers won the silver bracket at the Woodbridge Classic Tournament on Saturday, defeating North Torrance, 4-0, in the tournament championship game. Jessica Plaza was two for two with a home run, and fellow sophomore Nicole Zapotoczny also had a pair of hits.
Freshman Samantha Cordova pitched a no-hitter in the win, striking out seven and walking three.
Edison (14-5) got past San Clemente, 9-3, in a silver bracket semifinal.
The Chargers also opened Sunset League play Tuesday against Los Alamitos, but fell, 6-2. Los Al opened up a 6-0 lead after three innings.