It's only fitting that the Sunset League baseball race— wild and wacky one all throughout — would come down to the final day of the regular season. All that's riding on the outcome of Thursday games is a league championship, playoff berths and league seedings for the upcoming postseason.
On Tuesday, Marina stayed in contention for the Sunset title by edging visiting Huntington Beach, 5-4, Fountain Valley took a 6-1 decision from Newport Harbor and Los Alamitos kept its one-game lead and first-place standing by downing Edison, 8-2.
Thursday's schedule has Edison at Los Alamitos, Fountain Valley at Newport Harbor, and Marina at Huntington, all at 3:15 p.m.
The title in the Golden West League also is up for grabs on the final day of the regular season Thursday, and Ocean View is in line for that top spot.
Los Al has a one-game lead on Marina heading into the league finale. The Vikings (16-9, 10-4 in league) kept pace with the Griffins by coming from behind in the bottom of the seventh inning to pull out a 5-4 win over Huntington. Jake Bauers hit a walk-off, bases-loaded, two-run single to win the game. Freshman Steve Gingery, in relief of starter Austin Olivas (injury), got the win.