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Ocean View rallies to edge Trabuco Hills

Baseball

Senior Travis Sparks-Jackson is stellar on the mound to lead Seahawks at Foothill Tournament.

March 07, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Ocean View's Timmy Robinson is tagged out at a collision at the plate with Trabuco Hills' Ben DePerry.
Ocean View's Timmy Robinson is tagged out at a collision… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

A strong pitching and hitting performance by senior Travis Sparks-Jackson and a clutch home run by senior Timmy Robinson on Monday sparked the Ocean View baseball team to victory at the Foothill Tournament.

In the third round of the round-robin tournament (Foothill Bracket), the Seahawks fell behind early to visiting Trabuco Hills but rallied back for a 5-3 victory.

Trailing, 1-0, heading into the bottom of the third, Robinson provided Ocean View with the hit it needed. With runners at first and second, he rocketed a 2-1 pitch over the left-center field fence for a three-run home run that gave the Seahawks the lead for good.

Sparks-Jackson also had two runs batted in in a two-for-three day, including a double that scored two runs. Sparks-Jackson (2-0) pitched into the seventh inning before giving way to reliever Colton Johnson.

"It was a great relief to see Travis pitch the way he did," Ocean View Coach Shane Borowski said. "He was in basketball up until a week and a half ago. To his credit, he had been playing catch and throwing bullpens on his own, and it really showed. His preparation paid off and helped us out tremendously.

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Ocean View began its season on March 1 and edged visiting Corona, 1-0.

The Seahawks weren't as fortunate in their second tournament game Saturday, falling to Irvine, 8-7.

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Brethren Christian

The Warriors dropped their season opener, 9-6, to Liberty Christian, on Friday and then got swept in a doubleheader Saturday by Calvary Chapel of Downey.

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Edison

The Chargers came up short Tuesday at Pacifica and dropped a 6-1 game to the Mariners in Loara Tournament action. Edison opened with an 8-1 loss to Tustin on March 1, but bounced back Saturday for an 11-2 win at University.

Timmy Lopes tripled among his two hits and Dante Capoccia, Danny Maguire, Darren Preece and Brian Schales each had two hits and each doubled in the win over University. Starter Don Pierce got the win.

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Fountain Valley

The Barons were handed their first loss of the season Tuesday when they fell, 7-5, against El Toro in the quarterfinals of the Loara Tournament.

Fountain Valley faced a 7-0 deficit but rallied for five runs in its final at-bat. The Barons had the tying runs on base but couldn't bring them home. Justin Brand went two for two with a double and Dan Patzlaff was three for four for the Barons.

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