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Baseball Roundup: League champions TBD

The baseball league title races are winding down in the Sunset and Golden West Leagues.

April 24, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

The title chases in the Sunset and Golden West League baseball races are entering their final weeks and despite a clear-cut leader emerging in each race, championships in both circles are still up for grabs.

Five games over the next two weeks, will determine both outcomes.

Fountain Valley continues to pace the Sunset race. The Barons entered the week 9-0 and held a three-game lead on their nearest competitor, Marina, for the title. Ocean View was four games behind Loara in the Golden West race but still very much in the hunt for a playoff berth.

Marina stayed within striking distance of Fountain Valley by taking two recent games from Huntington Beach. The Vikings defeated the Oilers, 7-2, on April 17, and then scored a 6-2 home-field victory Friday.

In Friday's win, Marina scored six runs in the bottom of the second inning to take a 6-0 lead and control of the game. Senior left-handed pitcher Jackson Westermeyer threw six innings and allowed only two hits. Sophomore Steven Gingery, another lefty, pitched the seventh to close out the win.

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Westermeyer, who has an earned-run average of 1.24, improved to 5-1, the Vikings to 13-7 overall and 6-3 in league.

Sophomore Austin Moore and senior Jake Bauers both had two RBIs, and senior Max Willingham drove in a run in what Vikings Coach Bob Marshall said was a "great team win."

"Any time you play against a well-coached team like [Benji] Medure puts on the field, it is going to be a battle," Marshall said of the Oilers' head coach. "Coach Medure is a quality coach with a very young talented team. Year in and year out, Coach Medure gets his players to compete and that is all, as coaches, we can ask of our players, is to compete. Fortunately, our players had some key hits in the victory and again pitching was dominant."

In Marina's 7-2 win on April 17, Austin Olivas pitched six, strong innings and earned the victory. Gingery replaced Olivas and pitched the seventh. Olivas improved to 4-2 and has an ERA of 1.75.

Seven different Vikings had hits in the game including a double by Austin Moore in the seventh that led to a four-run innings for the Vikings. Justin Neese hit a bloop single to shallow right field that also drove in a run.

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