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Baseball: Barons keep it going with 5-0 win over HB

Fountain Valley stays hot and improves to 7-0 behind efforts from senior pitcher Plattner.

March 15, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Fountain Valley's hot start to the 2013 season got even hotter Friday on opening day of the Sunset League baseball race.

The Barons received contributions from across the board against Huntington Beach and used a big fourth inning to pull away to a 5-0 victory over the host Oilers.

Fountain Valley won its seventh-straight game in improving to 7-0. The win at Huntington came a day before the Barons, ranked No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, were to take on fourth-ranked Canyon of Anaheim in the championship game of the Loara Tournament.

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The Barons rode the effective performance of senior pitcher Monty Plattner and key hits by junior Dillon Persinger and senior Jacob Peralta to the win.

They won by shutout for the third time in their last four starts.

"Execution. It was all about our execution today," first-year Fountain Valley Coach Deric Yanagisawa said. "We moved guys on base, came up with key hits, like that squeeze and hit-and-run, and we were on today. Those are things we work on, day in, and day out, in practice. Our guys really played well."

Plattner (4-0) threw six innings before giving way to sophomore Hunter Margain, who closed out the seventh when he sent the Oilers down in order. Plattner scattered eight hits and gave up a walk.

"I thought he was phenomenal," Yanagisawa said of Plattner. "Monty set the tone early. He threw around 70 pitches in six innings and was very efficient. He did a good job of keeping Huntington Beach off-balance. He's our senior leader and he wanted the ball today."

Fountain Valley had taken a 1-0 lead in its first at-bat on a one-out RBI single by junior Justin Brand. A four-run fourth inning put the Barons in control.

The four-run rally started with one out. Senior John Shattles drew a walk before sophomore Justin Cobb singled to left field off Huntington junior starter Andrew Arledge (2-1) who was then replaced by junior Sean O'Toole. The Barons continued their rally as senior Nic Yang singled into center field to score Shattles. On a hit-and-run play, Persinger delivered when he took his first pitch for a run-scoring single up the middle.

On the next pitch, Peralta laid down a double-squeeze bunt that drove in the final two runs of the inning for a 5-0 lead.

Persinger turned in a three-for-four day.

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