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Huntington Beach now 7-0 on the season after impressive sweep against Ocean View.

March 14, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Huntington Beach's Matt Urabe slides safely into third as Ocean View's Dallas Broge can't handle the throw during a nonleague game at Ocean View High School on Tuesday.
Huntington Beach's Matt Urabe slides safely into… (Scott Smeltzer,…)

The Huntington Beach baseball team continued its torrid start to the 2012 season Tuesday by sweeping a nonleague doubleheader at Ocean View.

The Oilers, fresh from winning the Foothill Tournament, posted 11-0 and 9-2 wins over the host Seahawks at Gibbs Field. The two triumphs put the Oilers, who entered the doubleheader ranked third in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll, at 7-0 overall.

In the first game, Brett Urabe went three for four with three runs batted in, Adam Daymude was two for four with two RBIs and Matt Urabe went two for four with an RBI for the Oilers. A pitching rotation of Christian Abe, Shane Grace, Kevin Heesacker — who earned the win to move to 2-0 — Clay Morris and LJ Brewster limited Ocean View to one hit. Luke Fell had the hit for the Seahawks.

Ocean View took a 2-0 lead into the top of the third inning in the second game but Huntington scored the final nine runs. Seahawks' starter Colton Johnson, who went two for three on offense, threw two scoreless innings. Travis Sparks-Jackson, who had an RBI, gave up two earned runs in two innings of relief.

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The Oilers tied the score with two runs in the third, then took the lead for good by scoring once in the fourth. A one-out, two-run scoring single by sophomore Clint Jack in the fifth extended the lead to 6-2. Sophomore Jesse Kuet and junior Jake Caron both picked up RBI singles in the sixth. Senior Mario Gross roped a seventh-inning double to score sophomore Marcus Mayorga for the final run in the seventh.

Kuet went two for three with three RBIs, Jack was two for three with two RBIs and sophomore Andrew Arledge (1-0) gave up four hits and two runs in four innings to record his first win of the season.

Joey Garcia also had a hit for Ocean View (2-5).

"I like the intensity of our play today," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said. "We played with a purpose. We got ourselves into good hitting counts and took advantage. I also liked the way we answered their threats. I was pleased with the way we fought today."

"Credit to Huntington," Ocean View Coach Shane Borowski said. "They played good baseball. The one thing that concerned me was that they (Huntington) had fun out there, and we didn't. They were loose and having fun. We, on the other hand, were tight, timid and played not to lose."

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