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Three-way tie for first

Baseball

Edison, Marina and Los Alamitos are each 6-3 in league as Sunset League season nears finish line.

April 25, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • Fountain Valley High pitcher Tanner Brown delivers a pitch against Edison High.
Fountain Valley High pitcher Tanner Brown delivers a… (KEVIN CHANG, HB…)

The Sunset League baseball title chase took another dramatic turn last week, the results of which left three teams atop the league standings.

When last week's two-game schedule concluded Friday, Edison, Marina and Los Alamitos all had a piece of the Sunset lead, each with a 6-3 record.

Ocean View continued to surge in the Golden West League race by twice defeating Orange in the past week.

Local teams were scheduled to play Wednesday, but scores weren't available at press time.

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Edison

The Chargers split two games last week against rival Fountain Valley. They started the series with a 6-0 road win April 18. Freshman Kevin Ando went three for three with a double and run batted in, sophomore Brian Schales went two for three with a double and two RBIs and senior Timmy Lopes was two for three with a double. Juniors Joey DeMarco and Jake Lesinski each had a hit and drove in a run and junior Tyler Jones improved to 3-0.

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On Friday, Schales doubled twice but Edison was shut out, 1-0, by the Barons in nine innings. The Chargers played Long Beach Poly on Saturday and scored an 8-5 victory over the Jackrabbits.

The Chargers play at 3:15 p.m. Friday at Huntington Beach.

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Fountain Valley

The Barons went 1-1 against Edison last week and on Saturday knocked off Beckman, the second-ranked team in Division 3, 7-4, to win the Beach Pit Classic tournament. In the final, junior Jordan Lucio went three for three with three RBIs. Junior Monty Plattner, the third of three pitchers for the Barons, threw three innings and got the win to improve to 4-0.

The win put Fountain Valley (13-7, 3-6 league) at 10-1 in nonleague games this year.

In the top of the ninth of Friday's game at Edison, Brand doubled and sophomore Dillon Persinger doubled home the winning run for a 1-0 triumph. Senior Tanner Brown thew a five-hit shutout and Lucio and Mike Hickman both had two hits.

Fountain Valley took the season series from Edison, 2-1. The Barons host Marina at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

"Hopefully, playing well against Edison and Beckman will give us the confidence we need to compete well in the remaining six Sunset League games," Barons Coach Ron LaRuffa said. "Each one is a do-or-die situation for us if we expect to make the playoffs."

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Huntington Beach

The Oilers suffered a pair of tough losses last week to Los Alamitos. The first was a 2-0 defeat April 18. Seniors Kevin Heesacker and Christian Abe combined to toss a four-hitter, but Griffins' pitcher Greg Harris limited the Oilers to three hits.

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