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Barons' streak ends

Baseball

Fountain Valley falls to Los Alamitos but remains atop Sunset League standings.

May 01, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
  • Fountain Valley's Dillon Persinger applies the tag to a Los Alamitos baserunner at second base during last week's game.
Fountain Valley's Dillon Persinger applies the… (Don Leach, HB Independent )

The streak that helped put the Fountain Valley baseball team comfortably at the top of the Sunset League race came to an end Friday.

Despite the loss, the Barons were still the league leaders heading into the final four games of the regular season.

Fountain Valley saw its 15-game win streak halted by a Los Alamitos team the Barons twice had previously defeated. The Griffins rode a five-hitter by Jake Nix, who allowed five hits, and received five runs batted in from Gianni Castillo, in defeating the Barons, 10-3.

Fountain Valley, which entered the game ranked No. 2, is now No. 3 in this week's CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll.

Brock Lundquist homered and doubled for the Barons, who still have a three-game lead in the Sunset race at 10-1.

Fountain Valley was 21-2 overall entering the week.

"We give [Jake] Nix credit," Fountain Valley Coach Deric Yanagisawa said. "He pitched a great game. He was able to get a secondary pitch over for a strike, which he wasn't able to do in the first meeting.

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"This was a good character-building game for us. We will learn from Friday and become better for it. We will be better mentally going forward. We have a big week ahead of us against Edison."

Fountain Valley won the first two of the three-game series against Los Alamitos. The second win came on April 24, a 4-0 victory at Los Alamitos (13-8, 5-6 in league). Monty Plattner tossed a two-hitter in improving to 8-0. John Shattles homered, both Daniel Rosica and Justin Cobb doubled in going two for three, and Lundquist also doubled.

Fountain Valley, which is seeking its first Sunset championship since 2002, finishes its league series with Edison this week. The teams met Wednesday but the score wasn't available at press time. The Barons have a three-game lead on second-place Marina and can clinch no worse than a tie for the league title with a win Wednesday.

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Edison-Marina

The Chargers and Vikings split their Sunset games in recent action.

Marina took Friday's contest, 2-0, at Edison. Jack Westermeyer (6-1) threw five innings and allowed four hits with four strikeouts. Steven Gingery pitched two scoreless innings to close the game and earn his fifth save.

The Vikings scored their initial run in the opening inning when Tyler Mildenberg and Landon Marshall opened with singles, and Mildenberg went on to score when Grant Mayeaux hit into a double play.

Jake Arledge scored on a wild pitch in the top of the seventh to close out the scoring.

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