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Edison is still alive

Top-seeded Chargers find ways to win in CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs

will take on Lakewood in quarterfinals.

May 25, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com
  • Edison's pitcher Henry Owens is mobbed by his teammates after pitching a no-hitter against Santiago of Corona in a CIF Southern Section Division I playoff game at Edison High.
Edison's pitcher Henry Owens is mobbed by his teammates… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

A this point in the prep baseball season, all you need to do is win and move on.

That was Edison Coach Steve Lambright's take after his Chargers scored the go-ahead run in the top of the sixth inning Tuesday and made it stand in a 4-3 victory over host Orange Lutheran in the second round of the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.

The win sends top-seed Edison (25-3) on the road again, this time for a quarterfinal date at Moore League champion Lakewood at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

Lakewood was an 8-0 winner Tuesday over Tesoro.

Edison scored the winning run Tuesday without getting a hit. Timmy Lopes drew a two-out walk, Tyler Jones got on base on an error and A.J. Libunao was hit by a pitch to load the bases. That brought Sean Whiteman to bat and the senior also was able to draw a walk to force in the go-ahead run.

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The Chargers wrapped up the victory after reliever Henry Owens shut down Orange Lutheran, an at-large entry from the Trinity League that finished the year 15-14-1, in the sixth and seventh innings to get the save. Senior Jon Torres threw the first five innings to get the win.

The 25 wins ties the school record (set by the school's 1981 CIF championship team) for most victories in a single season, Lambright said.

"We played well enough in terms of making plays when we needed to," Lambright said. "The dynamics of the playoffs are such that sometimes you don't play your best, but win, and sometimes you play your best, but lose, and the season's over. This was a tough game but the important thing is that we're moving on."

Lambright said that Owens will start Friday at Lakewood. The senior, who threw two innings Tuesday, has eight innings of eligibility left this week.

Owens was spectacular last Friday, tossing a no-hitter in an 11-0 first-round rout of Santiago of Corona (Big VIII No. 4). The left-hander struck out 12 in running his mark to 12-0. Torres hit a solo home run in the bottom of the first to give the Chargers the lead and sophomore Jake Lesinski smashed a three-run homer in the third inning to take the lead to 4-0.

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In other CIF baseball action:

Ocean View: The defending CIF Division 3 champion Seahawks had their run for a repeat title end Tuesday at Menifee by host Paloma Valley (Sunbelt No. 2), which posted a 9-5 victory.

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