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High School Baseball: Barons clinch Sunset League title

Fountain Valley takes out Edison, 7-3, to win 10th legaue title and first since 2002.

May 03, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

FOUNTAIN VALLEY — When a line drive was snagged on the right side of the Fountain Valley infield late Friday afternoon, it set off a wild celebration.

Not only did the out put the final touch on Fountain Valley's 7-3 victory over rival Edison, it made certain that the Barons were undisputed champions in Sunset League baseball.

It was the program's 10th Sunset title in school history, and first since 2002.

It was only fitting that the Barons, both on the playing field for the final out, and in the dugout, made a mad dash for the pitcher's mound to take part in a celebratory dog pile.

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No one was injured, but everyone involved felt a sense of pride.

"This is awesome," Fountain Valley first baseman, senior Jordan Lucio, said after high-fives, hugs and handshakes. "This is such a great group of guys and it's a lot of fun to be on this team. Everyone did their part to help us win league."

The Barons, ranked third in CIF Southern Section Division 1, entered the week with a three-game lead on second-place Marina with four games to play. They earned a co-championship when they knocked off Edison, 5-4, on Wednesday, then won it outright with Friday's four-run triumph.

Fountain Valley, which swept Edison, 3-0 in the league series, takes a 12-1 league record into next week's two-game series with Marina.

It's the final week of the regular season.

"It is awesome," first-year coach Deric Yanagisawa said, reiterating Lucio's sentiments. "These kids deserve a lot of credit for what they have accomplished. All 18 kids contributed to this championship, and I'm really proud of them. Our senior group of kids has been phenomenal all year."

It was Edison which grabbed the early lead. Junior Brian Schales hit a solo home run in the top of the first inning to put the Chargers (11-3, 5-8 in league) in front.

The lead didn't last long.

Fountain Valley (22-3) scored twice in its first at-bat to take the lead for good, then added single runs in the next three innings to extend its advantage to 5-1. The Barons scored runs with two out in both the second and third innings. Daniel Patzlaff's RBI single scored JT Navarro in the second, and Navarro bought home pinch runner Jake Church on a single in the third.

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