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League play is on horizon

Sunset and Golden West league baseball play starts Friday, promising for exciting races.

March 16, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

Rain is in the forecast for Friday afternoon, but so is the start of the 2011 Sunset League and Golden West League baseball races.

Edison is the defending Sunset League champion and faces a challenging road test at rival Fountain Valley. In other Sunset openers Friday, Huntington Beach hosts Los Alamitos and Marina travels to face Newport Harbor.

Ocean View starts defense of its Golden West League title at Orange. In other league action Friday, Brethren Christian hosts Crean Lutheran at 3 p.m.

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Brethren Christian: The Warriors played a pair of Academy League games over the past week and lost Friday at Oxford Academy (13-5) and Tuesday at Crean Lutheran (2-1). They'll host Crean Lutheran at 3 p.m. Friday.

Edison: The Chargers split a nonleague doubleheader against El Toro Tuesday at UC Irvine, beating the Chargers, 4-3, in the first game but then dropped their first game of the season in the nightcap, 5-1. Junior Timmy Lopes got the win in Game One to up his season record to 3-0.

Edison started out the season 5-0 before losing 1 in the second game. The Chargers on Saturday won the Loara Tournament title by edging Vista Murrieta, 3-2. Senior Henry Owens struck out 16 and was named the player of the title game. Senior first baseman Jonathan Brooks was named to the all-tournament team.

"Up to this point, we're getting results but we need to get better," Edison Coach Steve Lambright said. "I tell the kids, it's one pitch at a time, one out at a time. The scoreboard will take care of itself. We have some work to do."

The Chargers travel Friday (3:15 p.m.) to face rival Fountain Valley. Lambright anticipates a tight league race.

"I think the league is really going to be tough," he said. "There are a lot of good ballclubs in this league and nothing is going to be easy for anybody."

Fountain Valley: The Barons split a nonleague doubleheader Tuesday with visiting Villa Park, losing the first game, 2-1, in 10 innings before coming back to nip the Spartans, 8-7.

In the second game, Nathan Rodriguez hit a two-run home run in the bottom of the third and Danny Jimenez doubled during a three-run rally in the bottom of the seventh that resulted in Fountain Valley pulling out an 8-7 win. Junior Turner Clouse went three for three and drove in three runs and senior Mike Tucker, who came on in relief in the fifth, got his first win (1-0) of the season.

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