A good week for locals

Area baseball and softball teams put up some impressive results, highlighted by Edison softball team capturing Laguna Hills Tournament.

March 23, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Marina pitcher Jake Tillinghast throws a pitch during last week's game against Newport Harbor.
Marina pitcher Jake Tillinghast throws a pitch during… (DON LEACH, HB Independent )

Marina, Huntington Beach and Edison opened the Sunset League baseball schedule with victories, Ocean View started its bid for a repeat Golden West League title with a win and in softball, Edison was impressive in the previous week in winning the Laguna Hills Tournament championship.

In Sunset baseball openers Friday, Marina won 4-2 at Newport Harbor, Huntington Beach staged a big-time, sixth-inning rally to overtake Los Alamitos, 5-4, and Edison began defense of its league title with a 7-0 win at Fountain Valley.

In Marina's 4-2 win over Newport Harbor, Jake Tillinghast pitched 6 1/3 innings of no-hit ball before giving up a hit to Matt Carpenter in the bottom of the seventh. Tillinghast (3-0) got charged with a run in the inning and had his scoreless streak stopped at 19 innings. Mitch Huffman replaced Tillinghast in the frame and picked up his third save.

Trevor Megill had two runs batted in and Kevin Isa and Nick Marshall each knocked in a run to give Robert Marshall his first Sunset League victory as head coach of the Vikings.


"My team came ready to play," Robert Marshall said. "We had a great week of practice and the boys were prepared, relaxed and confident. That is all I can ask of them. We always have a tough time against Newport at their yard. Newport made a few incredible defensive plays that kept the game close. However, we had Jake Tillinghast on the hill and he dominated the game. Jake is a true competitor and he wants the ball and it shows when he steps on the field.

"Like I said earlier, my boys are great. They're motivated and focused on competing on every pitch. The Sunset League is always tough. There is no easy game and you better be ready to compete with each and every opponent. It was great to get my first Sunset League win and get going in the right direction.

Marina also played a doubleheader Saturday against former Sunset League rival Esperanza. The teams split the twin bill with the Vikings holding on for a 6-5 win in the first game but falling, 10-2, in the second game. In the opening game, Austin Olivas earned the victory and Isa had two hits and three RBIs. Kevin Viers hit a two-run home run for the Vikings in the second game.

Huntington Beach trailed Los Alamitos, 4-1, but scored four runs in the bottom of the sixth to earn a 5-4 victory. With two-out and the bases loaded, Sean Anderson hit a two-run single followed by a pinch hit two-run double by Jake Porter. Anderson then pitched a scoreless seventh to earn the save.

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