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Yang does it all in win

Baseball

Junior pitches seven innings in relief and gets game-winning RBI in 11th inning for 1-0 Barons victory.

April 11, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Fountain Valley's Daniel Patzlaff gets the force at second against Estancia's Steven Macias and turns the double play in the second inning during a game in the Beach Pit Classic on Tuesday.
Fountain Valley's Daniel Patzlaff gets the force… (SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Nick Yang led the Fountain Valley High baseball team to a key win at the Beach Pit Classic baseball tournament at Estancia High.

Yang singled in the game's only run in the top of the 11th inning against Estancia, then sent the Eagles down in order in the bottom half of the frame to complete seven scoreless innings of relief pitching to give the Barons a 1-0 victory.

The win put the Barons in the tournament's title game. They were to take on Beckman on Wednesday, but the game was called off due to a wet field. The game will be rescheduled at the discretion of both head coaches.

Senior Lee Perri got things started for Fountain Valley by throwing four scoreless innings before giving way to Yang. Barons' Coach Ron LaRuffa said that the seven innings of work were the longest stretch for the junior in a game this year.

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With two out and runners at second and third, Yang delivered a single into left field that scored Justin Brand.

"I thought he did a real nice job," LaRuffa said of Yang. "He kept them (Estancia) off-balance and our guys made some plays behind him. Give credit to Estancia, too. Their pitcher (Andres Hernandez) did a nice job of keeping us off-balance, as well. He pitched a real good game."

Hernandez went 10 innings before Jackson Letterman took the mound for the 11th inning.

Wednesday's win put Fountain Valley at 3-0 in the tournament and upped the Barons' record to 11-5. They started the tournament Saturday with a 9-2 win over San Juan Hills. On Monday, they got past Reno of Nevada, 3-2.

On Tuesday, Marina dropped a 3-2 Sunset League game at Los Alamitos and Ocean View fell, 7-3, to Cypress at the Hard Nine National Classic. The loss by Marina, which gave up four hits in the loss, put the Vikings at 3-2 in league and 9-6 overall. Timmy Robinson homered and drove in three runs for Ocean View in its loss to Cypress.

"We are right on the verge of becoming a very solid team only if we can play with consistency," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said.

Ocean View started the Hard Nine National Classic on Monday and was defeated, 8-0, by Spanish Fork of Utah. Robinson went two for three with a double and John Giacone also went two for three for the Seahawks. Prior to starting the tournament, the Seahawks scored a big win April 5 at Westminster. Robinson led the attack with a four-for-four day that included three doubles and three runs batted in, as the Seahawks downed the Lions, 11-6.

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