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High School Baseball: Fountain Valley edges Marina to remain atop Sunset League

Barons trail early, but come back to earn 3-2 victory over Vikings at Marina's diamond.

March 28, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH — The lead in the Sunset League baseball race was on the line Thursday when Fountain Valley faced Marina, and it was a line that both the Barons and Vikings did tread precariously.

In the end, Fountain Valley was able to reach the finish, and that allowed the visiting Barons to maintain sole possession of first place.

Fountain Valley trailed early but managed to fight back to grab the lead in the top of the sixth inning, then held on for a 3-2 victory. The Barons used a few, big defensive stops, and got out of a jam in the bottom of the seventh, to turn back the Vikings.

The win put Fountain Valley at 5-0 at the end of the first round of the league season. Marina, which dropped its second-straight, one-run game in three days, slipped to 3-2.

The Vikings lost, 3-2, on Shaun Vetrovec's two-run walk-off home run Tuesday at Newport Harbor.

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The Barons, who defeated rival Edison, 6-1 on Tuesday, own a two-game lead over the rest of the Sunset pack heading into spring break.

"Any cushion you get in the Sunset League, you're fortunate to have," Fountain Valley Coach Deric Yanagisawa said. "It can be lost in the blink of an eye. There are a lot of good teams in this league and every game is a battle.

"This was a typical Sunset League game. Marina played really well and I tip my cap to [Austin] Olivas who pretty much dominated the game. We came through, though, when we needed to."

Olivas, who went the distance for Marina, turned in another strong performance. The left-handed senior (3-1) scattered six hits, struck out six, and walked one.

"Austin is an A-1, quality starter," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said. "I thought he did a great job today.

"I tip my hat to them. That is a well-coached team, a disciplined team. We had to be just as disciplined, in order for us to succeed today. We went outside our game plan, though."

Fountain Valley (11-1), ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 1, went in front to stay in the top of the sixth. With two outs and runners at the corners, Olivas' 0-2 pitch to the Barons' Justin Brand was low and went off the glove of Marina catcher Landon Marshall. The ball trickled toward the Marina dugout, and the slow roller allowed Dillon Persinger to score from third base for what turned out to be the winning run.

Olivas got Brand to pop out to the mound on the next pitch for the third out.

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