Both teams flirted with scoring in the middle innings, but the game was scoreless entering the seventh. Fountain Valley junior Monty Plattner, who also threw a strong seven innings, faced two left-handed hitters to start the seventh. He got behind lead-off hitter Jake Bauers, 3-0, but fought back to earn a full count before giving up a walk to Bauers. Tyler Mildenberg faced an 0-2 count but send a grounder toward second base that was mishandled, Bauers safely reached second and Mildenberg was safe at first on the fielding error. Grant Mayeaux then laid down a bunt that rolled toward third base that Plattner came off the mound to scoop up and threw out Mayeaux at first for the initial out. The sacrifice bunt, however, advanced runners to second and third.
Landon Marshall was then intentionally walked which loaded the bases. Bob Marshall then put Justin Neese in to hit and Plattner's first pitch to the junior bounced in front of the plate, past catcher Dillon Persinger, and Bauers scored from third. Two pitches later, Neese grounded out to shortstop but Mildenberg scored from third to put Marina's lead at 2-0.