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High School Baseball: Road wins galore in league openers

Marina, Fountain Valley and Ocean View win as visitors to open league play.

March 20, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

The road proved friendly to Marina, Fountain Valley and Ocean View during opening day of league play Friday.

Both Marina and Fountain Valley started Sunset League play with big victories, while Ocean View held on at Santa Ana to take its Golden West League opener. Edison was the lone local team to play at home Friday, and the Chargers were defeated by Newport Harbor.

Marina rode the pitching of Austin Olivas (2-0) and a late scoring push to come away with a 4-1 victory at Los Alamitos. Olivas, a senior, threw a complete game, struck out seven and didn't allow an earned run. Austin Sojka led the Vikings on offense with a three-for-four day that included two doubles. A shot toward second base by Jake Bauers in the top of the sixth inning produced two more runs that provided a cushion for the Vikings.

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Los Alamitos entered the game ranked No. 8 in CIF Southern Section Division 1.

"It was a big win for us," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said. "Los Alamitos is a very strong and talented team that is well coached. We capitalized on their mistakes and had a few timely hits. Austin Olivas kept [Los Al] off balance all game and once Olivas gets a lead, it is very tough for an opposing team to generate a big inning against him. Great win for our team and community."

The Vikings returned to action on Saturday for a nonleague doubleheader at Capistrano Valley and split the games. They rolled to a 10-0 win in the opener, but dropped an 11-6 game to the Cougars, who were ranked No. 7 in Division 1.

Sophomore Steven Gingery delivered six innings of shutout ball, struck out four and allowed only three to earn his second win of the season. Senior Dee Atwood came in to record the final three outs of the game. Bauers belted two home runs to lead the offense.

Senior Jake Arledge homered in the opening inning of the second game for Marina (5-3), which eventually dropped an 11-6 decision to the Cougars.

"We played two quality teams [Los Alamitos, Capo Valley], and it was good for us to compete," Marshall said. "Unfortunately, we lost the second game to Capo Valley. The big game was the Sunset League opener where we needed to snatch a victory early. It was a tough game and with Olivas throwing yet another quality game, it allowed for us set the tone and the tempo early.

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