Baseball: Marina tops Fountain Valley, takes series

Vikings score 8-3 win Thursday and takes two Sunset League games out of three.

May 10, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

HUNTINGTON BEACH — For Fountain Valley High's sake, the Barons had to be happy to have already sewn up the Sunset League baseball title before this week's two-game series with Marina.

The Vikings, on the other hand, had to wish that the league race had one more week to it.

For the second time in a 24-hour period, Marina defeated Fountain Valley. Thursday's league and regular season finale for both teams belonged to the Vikings who bolted to a big lead early and never looked back, in claiming an 8-3 victory on senior day.

A day earlier at Fountain Valley, the Vikings knocked off the second-ranked Barons, 8-5.

Thursday's win allowed Marina, which increased its win streak to five games, to take the league series, 2-1. Fountain Valley won the first meeting between the teams, 3-2, on March 28 at Marina.

Despite both losses, Fountain Valley won the Sunset championship six days earlier, when the Barons defeated Edison, 7-3. They finished league play 12-3, after a 10-0 start.


Marina finished a game back of the Barons and closed out a 11-4 league campaign.

"It was a big week for us," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said.

Marina (18-8 overall) jumped on Fountain Valley early. Junior Landon Marshall had an RBI single and senior Grant Mayeaux followed with an RBI double, which led to a 3-0 lead in the bottom of the first inning. The Vikings continued their assault in their next at-bat by scoring three more runs to increase their lead.

In the second, senior Max Willingham reached base on an infield error, and senior Jake Bauers followed with a double to right-center field. The Vikings forced Fountain Valley starter Hunter Margain from the mound at that point, and the sophomore was replaced by junior Scott Schultz.

Senior Jake Arledge took Schultz's first pitch for a double to the fence in right field which brought home both Willingham and Bauers. Two pitches later, junior Austin Sojka ripped a double to the corner in left field to plate Arledge to make it 6-0.

The Vikings went up, 7-0, in the third on a two-out RBI single by Bauers.

It was the last run Marina would score until the bottom of the sixth, when Bauers homered off the top of the wall in right field off Fountain Valley's third pitcher of the game, junior Joe Loranger. Bauers' hit gave the Vikings their final cushion of 8-3.

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