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High School Baseball previews

February 27, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

The 2013 prep baseball season is here. Below is a capsule preview look at Edison, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Marina and Ocean View.

Edison Chargers

League: Sunset

Head Coach: Steve Lambright (eighth year)

2012 record: 14-13

League finish: third

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CIF playoff results: 1-1, reached first round, Division 1.

Returning starters: Tyler Jones, 1B/P, Sr.; Brian Schales, SS, Jr.; Joey DeMarco, 2B, Sr.; Jake Lesinski, C, Sr.; Dante Capoccia, OF, Jr.; Noah Kronfly, P, Soph.

Returning all-league players: Jones, Schales.

The schedule: The Chargers, who have won the Sunset League title four of the last six years and have reached the playoffs seven straight years, open their schedule at the Loara Tournament. They'll also play at the National Classic over spring break.

Coach's outlook: "I have had some powerhouse teams over the last few years with a lot of great talent," Lambright said. "This year's team will need to play the game right for us to have success. The goal for us this year, like always, is to win the Sunset League. This can be accomplished this year if my pitchers throw strikes, we play solid defense, and we get key hits with runners in scoring position. This is a team that cannot rely on two or three players to carry us. Everyone needs to contribute."

Season opener: vs. Cypress, 3 p.m., Thursday (Loara Tournament).

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Fountain Valley Barons

League: Sunset

Head Coach: Deric Yanagisawa (first year)

2012 record: 15-11

League finish: Fifth place

Returning players: John Shattles, OF, Sr.; Jordan Lucio, 1B, Sr.; Monty Plattner, P, Sr.; Nick Yang, P., Sr.; Joseph Secrest, IF, Sr.; Jacob Peralta, OF, Sr.; Daniel Patzlaff, SS, Jr.; Brock Lundquist, OF, Jr.; Justin Brand, 3B, Jr.; Dillon Persinger, Utility, Jr.; Joseph Loranger, P/1B, Jr.

Returning all-league players: Brand, Lundquist, Patzlaff.

The schedule: The Barons, who swept Sonora Saturday in a nonleague doubleheader, will play this week at the Loara Tournament and later at the Anaheim Lions Tournament.

Season opener: swept doubleheader from Sonora (11-10, 4-3) Saturday.

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Huntington Beach Oilers

League: Sunset

Head Coach: Benji Medure (13th year)

2012 record: 20-9

League finish: Fourth

CIF playoff results: 2-1, reached second-round Division 1.

Returning players: Clint Jack, RF, Jr.; Jesse Kuet, SS, Jr.; Jake Caron, 2B, Sr.; Marcus Mayorga, LF, Jr.; Jake Brodt, 1B/P, Jr.; Andrew Arledge, P, Jr.; Dillon Millar, CF, Jr.; Robert Baker, LHP, Sr.

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