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Baseball Roundup: Barons keep rolling

Fountain Valley, undefeated in the first round of Sunset League play, goes 5-0 in Anaheim Lions Tournament.

April 10, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

Fountain Valley won its first five games to start the Sunset League baseball race, a start that put the Barons alone in first place in the league standings.

During spring break, the Barons produced another 5-0 record, this time, at the Anaheim Lions Tournament.

Fountain Valley completed its nonleague schedule on April 3 by defeating Capistrano Valley, 12-5, to finish the tournament undefeated.

The Barons were one of several teams to go undefeated at the tournament, which drew 72 teams from across the nation. Those teams, who went 4-0 through the first three days of the event which started March 30, were positioned in final games on April 3 by virtue of runs each allowed in their first four tournament games.

The two teams that allowed the fewest runs in the tournament, Villa Park and Desert Christian, were designated for the championship game. Desert Christian defeated Villa Park, 5-4.

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"The entire team contributed to the 5-0 record," Fountain Valley Coach Deric Yanagisawa said. "Each player had an impact over the course of the week."

Fountain Valley scored three runs in the fifth inning, and posted nine runs in the sixth inning, to get past Capistrano Valley. Brock Lundquist went three for four with a pair of doubles and a home run. Justin Cobb (1-0) got the win in relief.

The Barons, who entered the week at No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, improved to 16-1 overall.

In five games, Fountain Valley's pitching staff allowed only three earned runs. Yanagisawa said Cobb, Scott Schultz, Hunter Margain, Nick Yang, Joey Loranger, Travis Schloderer and Monty Plattner were "outstanding on the mound."

The Fountain Valley offense was led by Jacob Peralta, who hit .700 for the tournament and led the Barons in runs batted in with eight. Daniel Rosica also had a big week with eight RBIs and hit over .400. Yanagisawa said Lundquist and Jordan Lucio also were key standouts on offense.

Fountain Valley concludes its three-game Sunset League series with Huntington Beach at 3:15 p.m. Friday at Huntington. The teams met Wednesday but the score from Wednesday's game wasn't available at press time.

"We're excited to get back into the Sunset League," Yanagisawa said. "It's going to be a tough five weeks. We have to play our best against these teams or things could go south in a hurry. Every game will be a grind."

Hard 9 Classic

Huntington Beach finished seventh, and Edison 13th, at the Hard Nine Classic in Yorba Linda.

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