Edison makes it back-to-back Sunset League crowns

With easy 12-2 victory against Newport Harbor on Tuesday, Chargers clinch second league title in as many seasons.

May 13, 2010|By Mike Sciacca

The Edison High baseball team is peaking at the right time.

The Chargers on Tuesday earned an outright Sunset League championship by defeating visiting Newport Harbor, 12-2. By winning the title, Edison has won back-to-back league championships for the first time in school history.

The program has won three of the last four Sunset titles.

The Chargers have a shot today at reaching another milestone: a win at Newport Harbor (3:15 p.m.) in the league and regular season finale for both teams would give them a league record of 13-2. No Edison team has ever won that many Sunset games, Edison Coach Steve Lambright said Wednesday.


The Chargers are 18-7 overall.

"We definitely are peaking at the right time," Lambright said. "You want to play your best baseball in May, and we are doing that. We want to close out the regular season strong and be on a roll heading into CIF next week."

Junior Henry Owens (10-1) tamed Newport Harbor (5-9 league) with a 17-strikeout, five-hit performance that enabled him to become the school's record-holder for strikeouts (127) in a single-season.

The old single-season record was 124, Lambright said.

Edison pounded out 15 hits off four Newport pitchers, with juniors Christian Lopes and AJ Libuno each hitting a double.

The Chargers earned a portion of the Sunset title Friday with a 5-3 win over rival Fountain Valley. The win went to senior Nic, Hanson (7-1). Senior Kyle Jones homered and Lopes had three hits.

Edison also defeated the Barons, 12-3, on May 5.

Ocean View

The Seahawks clinched a share of the Golden West League title Tuesday with an 18-2 rout of Saddleback on Senior Day at Ocean View.

All six seniors started the game, including regular starters Matt Larsen (center-field), Kevin Nance (third base), Aaron Delgado (shortstop) and Nick Schulenburg, who normally plays first base but started behind the plate. Alden Mathews started at first base and Kris Lendrum in right field.

Junior Blake Walker picked up the win to run his league record to 6-0. He also was a big contributor on offense with a single, double, run batted in and two runs scored. Walker increased his school-record runs total in a season to 38 (the former record was 32 set in 1993 by Steve Rivera).

Ocean View fell behind, 1-0, but scored four runs in the bottom of the first on a rally started by back-to-back singles by Colton Johnson and Walker.

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