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High School Baseball: Fountain Valley edges HB

Barons come out on top after holding off Oilers and scores 9-8 Sunset League win Friday.

April 13, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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HUNTINGTON BEACH — It's too bad the Sunset League baseball season series between Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach has come to an end.

Two days removed from a thriller at Fountain Valley, the Barons and Oilers staged another barnburner Friday and the encore proved as scintillating as Wednesday's finish. As was the case in their previous encounter, the Barons jumped out to a huge lead, then had to fend of an outstanding comeback by the host Oilers, to hold on for a 9-8 victory.

Fountain Valley used a walk-off home run in the bottom of the seventh inning Wednesday to pull out a 12-11 victory. Friday's game had an eerily similar feel to it and despite the offense, and there was plenty of fireworks for both teams, it was a huge defensive play that ended this game.

Huntington was down to its final out in the bottom of the seventh but put the tying run on base when Tyler Murray drew a walk. That brought up Jake Brodt who, in his first three at-bats in the game, had only drawn a walk.

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Brodt was down in the count, 1-2, to Justin Cobb, the third Fountain Valley pitcher of the game, but then sliced a shot deep into the left-field corner. Left-fielder Jacob Peralta chased down the ball, turned and threw to cut-off man, first baseman Jordan Lucio. Branden Williams, pinch running for Murray, had already cleared both second and third base, and was headed for home, when Lucio fired to the plate.

Williams came up just short of reaching his destination.

In a close play at home, Lucio's strike to Fountain Valley catcher Dillon Persinger came just in time. Persinger laid the tag on Murray as he stretched for the plate, for the final out.

The play capped a wild and crazy game between the teams, and it allowed Fountain Valley to remain undefeated in Sunset League play (7-0) and increased the Barons' win streak to 11 games.

Fountain Valley (18-1), which has scored 106 runs during its win streak, holds a three-game lead on the rest of the Sunset pack.

Huntington slipped to 2-5 in league, and 9-9 overall.

"This was your typical Sunset League baseball game," Fountain Valley Coach Deric Yanagisawa said, shaking his head at the thought of his team escaping Huntington's spirited comeback. "You have to give Huntington credit. They trailed big again early, like they did on Wednesday, but I tip my hat to Coach Benji [Medure] for keeping his team in the game.

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