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Vikings hold on for key win

Fountain Valley makes late charge, but can't overcome big deficit in 5-4 softball setback to Marina.

May 04, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

Marina Coach Shelly Luth called it an ugly win.

At this stage in the 2011 Sunset League softball race, a win is sweet any way you get it.

Marina picked up a key league victory Tuesday by holding off late-charging Fountain Valley to score a 5-4 victory.

The Vikings seemed to be cruising to their fifth league win and 16th overall after taking a 1-0 first-inning lead before scoring twice in both the third and fourth innings. Yet Fountain Valley didn't quit and a four-run outburst by the Barons in the top of the fifth put the score at 5-4.

Jamie Sullivan and Tera Blanco each went two for four to pace Marina's offense. Blanco, who tripled, also went the distance for the pitching win.

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Sullivan also was a big factor April 28 when Marina downed Newport Harbor, 10-4. The senior second baseman went four for four and, after picking up three hits including a home run against Edison on April 26, finished last week's two-game swing going seven for nine.

The Vikings (16-5-1, 5-2) play a key Sunset game at 3:15 p.m. Thursday against league-leading Los Alamitos. The Griffins (7-0) on Tuesday shut out Newport Harbor, 8-0.

Fountain Valley travels to face Huntington Beach at 3:15 p.m. Thursday .

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In other softball action:

Edison 11, Huntington Beach 4: Rachel Vitali drove in four runs and Casey Africano produced three runs batted in Tuesday as Edison rallied from a four-run deficit to get past visiting Huntington Beach.

Huntington (1-6) used a two-run home run by Vicky Galasso in the first inning to grab a 4-0 lead and the Oilers were up, 4-2, heading into the bottom of the fifth. Edison (23-3, 6-1) scored a run in the fifth and then took the lead in the sixth by scoring eight runs.

In previous league play April 28, Edison posted a 7-0 shutout of Fountain Valley. Sammy Cordova threw a five-hit shutout with five strikeouts and also shined at the plate by going three for four with two home runs to account for six RBIs.

At 3:15 p.m. Thursday, Edison hosts Newport Harbor and Huntington Beach is home to Fountain Valley

Ocean View: The Seahawks ran their Golden West League record to 5-1 by scoring easy wins over Santa Ana and Orange.

Ocean View racked up 20 hits April 26 in a 16-0 victory against Santa Ana. Vanessa Cardoza drove in six runs and Brittany Hitchcock threw a one-hit shutout.

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