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High School Baseball: Vikings remain alive

Marina advances to CIF quarterfinals to play host to Agoura Friday; Barons, Oilers are eliminated in second round.

May 22, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER…)

Marina High is moving on in the CIF Southern Section baseball playoffs after picking up a big road victory Tuesday.

For two other teams that day, the season came to an end.

Marina advanced to the Division 1 quarterfinal round for the first time since 2009 after the Vikings traveled to Thousand Oaks and returned home with an 11-4 second-round win. Their Sunset League brethren, Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach, were eliminated in second-round losses, the Barons, in a 3-2 loss to Santa Margarita in a game that went eight innings, and the Oilers, in a 3-2 setback to Riverside Poly.

Marina hitters blistered Thousand Oaks pitching for three home runs. Seniors Casey Hayes and Jake Bauers each hit a two-run home run and junior Austin Sojka planted a grand slam.

Hayes' crushed his homer over the fence in left field with Bauers, who had singled, on base in the top of the first inning. Sojka delivered his grand slam in the fourth inning and Bauers' homer came in the fifth.

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"Our hitting was phenomenal," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said of an offensive attack that also included two hits each from Hayes, Bauers, Sojka, seniors Jake Arledge and Tyler Mildenberg, junior Landon Marshall and sophomore Austin Moore.

Senior left-handed pitcher Jackson Westermeyer gave up two runs in four innings pitched for the win.

He is now 9-1 for the season.

Senior Max Gibbs, also a lefty, spelled Westermeyer and pitched two innings before giving way to yet another lefty, sophomore lefty Steven Gingery who shut down the Lancers (20-9-1, Marmonte League No. 3) in the seventh.

Thousand Oaks defeated Servite in a wild-card game on May 14, then upset No. 3-seed Canyon/Anaheim in a first-round game on May 16.

"He gave us a great four innings even when he did not have it all working," Bob Marshall said of Westermeyer. "Westy did a great job fighting an illness. He was not 100% but he gave us all he had and he started to weaken in the fourth. Westy is a competitor and does not want to come out of the game. He was pale and sweating profusely."

Sunset League runner-up Marina, now 20-8, is home Friday for its quarterfinal game. The Vikings play host to Agoura Hills Agoura, which knocked off Trabuco Hills, 9-4, on Tuesday, at 3:15 p.m.

It will be the second consecutive opponent from the Marmonte League for the Vikings. Agoura, 22-9 overall, won the Marmonte title and is seeded fifth in Division 1.

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