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Sunset League race heats up

Baseball

Marina and Los Alamitos share the top spot as teams come up on final stretch of season.

May 02, 2012|By Mike Sciacca

Entering the final week of the Sunset League baseball season, it's just about anybody's guess as to which team — or teams — will emerge as champion.

That race did become less crowded at the top as Edison was knocked off a share of the perch, while Marina and Los Alamitos held on to their respective grip.

Marina (14-8 overall, 8-3 league) maintained its piece of the lead by taking two games from Fountain Valley in the past week. The most recent was a 1-0 road win Friday. Junior Jack Westermeyer pitched a shutout and in the process lowered his earned-run average to 0.64. Senior Trevor Zeller scored the only run of the game in the third inning.

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"Fountain Valley is a very tough team and they battle from top to bottom of their lineup," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said. "Jack (Westermeyer) got some help from balls hit at our players and kept some of the Fountain Valley players off balance."

Junior Monty Plattner also pitched a complete game and allowed two hits, no walks and one unearned run for the Barons.

"We had our chances but couldn't get a clutch hit when we needed it," said Fountain Valley Coach Ron LaRuffa, whose Barons, (13-9, 3-8) again suffered a one-run loss.

The teams also played April 23, with Marina scoring an 11-5 home win. Marina also played a nonleague doubleheader Saturday against Capistrano Valley. The teams split, with the Vikings dropping the first game, 5-2, but bouncing back for a 3-2 win in the second game.

Marina has three Sunset League games left in the regular season.

"We control our own destiny," Marshall said. "This team never gives up. I can't be prouder for this group of boys and how they have come together. However, we still need to finish strong and stay hungry and humble as we approach the end of the season.

"It is going to be an exciting finish in the Sunset League, with four teams battling for the championship and for playoff spots. It is going to be a wild finish."

Edison has come on strong in Sunset play, but the Chargers lost their share of first place Friday after a 7-4 loss at Huntington Beach. The Oilers led the entire way to stay in the title hunt. It was a big win for Huntington, which improved to 6-5 in league with the win. Two days earlier, Edison (7-4 league) had scored a 2-1 win in a tense game that went 12 innings April 25.

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