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Vikings captures tourney title

Edison and Marina participate in San Diego Lions Tournament, with the latter clinching division championship with a 6-1 win over Paramount.

April 27, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • The Marina baseball team won the San Diego Lions Tournament. Here, the team is on the field before the Padres take on the Phillies on April 21 at Petco Park in San Diego.
The Marina baseball team won the San Diego Lions Tournament.…

During spring break, the Edison and Marina baseball teams headed south to participate in the San Diego Lions Tournament for the 61st annual event, and Marina returned home with a division championship.

The Vikings won their final four games in the Premiere division to capture the title, capping the run with a 6-1 victory over Paramount on April 21 at Coronado High. Edison, meanwhile, won its final two games in the Classic division to finish 3-1 overall.

Mitch Huffman threw six innings in Marina's 6-1 title-clinching win over Paramount to win the 16-team Premiere division. The Vikings started the tournament on a down note playing, as Coach Bob Marshall said, "poor defense" without clutch hitting, and lost, 5-4, to Carlsbad. They came back in their second outing to blast Coronado, 10-0. Huffman picked up his first tourney win by throwing no-hit ball over four innings. The Vikings also belted out 11 hits and didn't commit an error.

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"We came out flat in the first game against Carlsbad, it was ugly," Marshall said. "We played poor defense, our pitchers could not jump ahead and were pitching behind to the hitters and our offense could not get much going.

"I was disappointed in how we played and I told them that directly after the game. I said I was tired of us being a roller coaster team. One game we have it all together and then the next we look like we have no plan, we don't want to attack the zone as pitchers and we lose our focus on defense and we don't have a plan at the plate. We need to be more consistent with our game if we plan on competing in the sunset league. Well, the players were very disappointed as well and they snapped it all around for the rest of the tournament. The regrouped and refocused and they came out and played great baseball."

Pitching also keyed Marina's next two victories, both coming by shutout. First, Jake Tillinghast threw a complete-game one-hitter in a 6-0 win over Rocklin. Trevor Megill then threw a complete game in a 3-0 semifinal win over Ramona.

Marina (14-7) beat a Paramount team that was 16-3 heading into the division final.

Huffman, Megill, Tillinghast and Lucas Kaplan powered Marina on the mound. Huffman, who Marshall said was the Vikings' player of the week, posted two victories. He allowed just one run and struck out 10 in his 10 innings.

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