High School Baseball: Ocean View falls to Westminster, 5-3

Seahawks suffer first Golden West League loss, as Westminster improves to 3-0 in GWL.

March 23, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH — The opportunities were there for the taking Friday, but the Ocean View baseball team couldn't find a way to take advantage in key situations.

The Seahawks squandered scoring chances against rival Westminster in an showdown that determined the early leader in the Golden West League race. The visiting Lions, meanwhile, made the most of their opportunities and that difference gave them a 5-3 victory.

The win kept Westminster perfect through the first week of league play and put the Lions at 3-0. Ocean View, which had won its first two league games, fell to 2-1.


The Seahawks held a 2-1 lead through three innings but couldn't get to Westminster ace Tyler Mahle or reliever Octavio Valente the rest of the way.

"We played not to lose, instead of playing to win," Ocean View Coach Shane Borowski said. "We had so many opportunities today, but we couldn't convert any of them. Against a team like Westminster, and a pitcher like Mahle, you need to take advantage of every opportunity given you."

Mahle (3-0) struck out the first two Seahawks he faced in the bottom of the third and looked as through he'd get out of the inning with the score knotted at 1-1. With two out, though, Ocean View's Ramon Sepulveda, who started on the mound for the Seahawks, sent a grounder to second base that was mishandled, and Sepulveda reached base safely. Jared Goodman sent a high chopper to the right side of the pitcher's mound that glanced off Mahle's glove, and suddenly, the Seahawks had runners at first and second.

Luke Fell followed Goodman and took a 1-0 pitch for a single into right field that scored Sepulveda. His RBI gave Ocean View its only lead (2-1) of the game.

The Lions, though, had a knack for producing runs with two outs. They did so on three occasions, and it turned the one-run deficit into a 5-2 lead.

The first instance came in the top of the fourth. Westminster's Anthony Orozco sent a slow chopper toward third base that Fell hustled to get, but his throw to first was high and Orozco was safe at first. On the play, Daniel Ramirez, who had singled with one out, scored from third to tie the score.

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