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Mini run has Edison back in thick of things

Baseball

One-run victory against Newport Harbor on Tuesday gives Chargers their third straight Sunset League victory.

April 04, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

Edison continued on its recent roll and Huntington Beach scored a second one-run victory over Fountain Valley, as the Sunset League baseball race continued Tuesday.

Edison was outhit, 10-6, by Newport Harbor, but still came away with a 4-3 win over the visiting Sailors. The Chargers (4-2 in league) have won three straight league games, beating the Sailors for a second time this year. Relief pitcher Timmy Lopes (2-0) got the win.

Huntington Beach, ranked eighth in CIF Southern Section Division 1, came away with a 4-3 home win over Fountain Valley. Jake Caron went two for three with a double, Mario Gross hit a two-run double in the second inning and Christian Abe got the win to run his record to 5-1.

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Mike Hickman went three for four to lead Fountain Valley.

On March 16, the Oilers (11-2, 4-2 league) rallied in the seventh inning at Fountain Valley to pull out a 5-4 win in the first meeting between the teams.

"We got lucky today (Tuesday)," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said. "We played as flat as we have played in two months. They (Fountain Valley) were ready to play and they hammered the ball. I have no idea how we won that game.

"We need to step up and compete with our hair on fire every game in order to win this league."

Fountain Valley, 2-4 in league and 8-5 overall, has dropped three one-run games in league play. In a previous league game, Hickman went two for three, Dillon Persinger had two hits and sophomore Joe Loranger gave up just one hit in four innings to lead the Barons to a 4-0 win over Newport Harbor.

In Sunset League games Thursday, Edison travels to Newport Harbor and Huntington Beach is at Fountain Valley. Both games start at 3:15 p.m.

Marina (9-4) didn't have any Sunset League games scheduled this week but is playing in the OC Nissan Tournament. The Vikings started the tournament Saturday and defeated visiting Trabuco Hills, 8-3. Jake Arledge went three for four with two runs scored, Tyler Mildenberg went two for three and Max Gibbs threw five innings and got the win.

On Monday, Marina fell, 2-1, to Long Beach Wilson. Junior Jackson Westermeyer threw a complete game for the Vikings, a performance Marina Coach Bob Marshall called, "very effective," but the Vikings couldn't produce on offense. They committed a pair of costly base running mistakes and made two errors that led to both Bruins runs.

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