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Edison completes Sunset domination

Baseball team finishes regular season 23-3 and wins another Sunset League championship, behind pitching of standout Henry Owens.

May 18, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

Before the first pitch went out to christen the 2011 prep baseball season, weeks before the Sunset League race was to unfold, Fountain Valley Coach Ron LaRuffa said that Edison "should dominate" the league and that the five other Sunset members would be battling for second- and third-place.

LaRuffa was right.

Edison repeated as Sunset champion and completed league play May 12 by defeating visiting Marina, 10-4. The Chargers scored the final five runs to pull away from tight game. They also avenged a 3-2 loss to the Vikings two days earlier , the only setback on their 2011 league record (14-1).

Edison, the top-ranked team in CIF Division 1, ended the regular season 23-3.

Marina grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but Edison scored twice in the bottom-half of the inning to go in front. A lead-off home run in the bottom of the second by senior Jonathan Brooks expanded the Chargers' lead to 3-1. Marina responded with three runs in the top of the third to go back in front, 4-3, but the Chargers scored twice more in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good, 5-4.

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A three-run home run by senior Jon Torres in the bottom of the fourth and a two-run homer by Eric Snyder in the fifth, put the lead at 10-4 as Edison won on Senior Day.

Henry Owens notched his 11th win of the season by holding the Vikings to just two hits.

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The Barons concluded Sunset League play May 12 with a home loss to Los Alamitos which used a grand slam by Moises Montes to pull away to a 6-1 victory. Both the teams advanced to the CIF Division 1 playoffs.

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Huntington Beach: The Oilers and Newport Harbor met on May 12 and the season finale for both teams ended with the host Sailors scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth to score a 5-4 victory. Senior Sean Anderson hit a three-run home run to give Huntington a 3-1 lead in the top of the first and freshman Jesse Kuet and junior Lou Payetta both doubled for the Oilers who finished 3-11-1 in league play.

"We have a strong nucleus coming back next year, including all-Sunset League third baseman LJ Brewster," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said. "We will be much improved from 2011."

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Ocean View: The Seahawks received a forfeit victory from Santa Ana May 12 and finished tied for second-place in the Golden West League. Reigning CIF Division 3 champion Ocean View took a 16-10 overall record into the postseason.

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