High School Baseball: Marina moves on to semifinals

Vikings take down Agoura, 3-1, to advance to Tuesday's CIF Southern Section Division 1 semifinals.

May 24, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
(Steven Georges )

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Marina High's baseball team is headed next week to Long Beach.

It's the destination all CIF Southern Section Division 1 teams want to get to at this late stage of the prep season. It's the home to Blair Field, site of the Division 1 semifinals. Marina made its reservation for the division's Final Four on Friday by defeating visiting Agoura, 3-1.

The Vikings, runner-up to the Sunset League title, will take on Los Angeles Loyola in one semifinal game Tuesday. The Cubs moved on to the semifinals by defeating Riverside Poly, 9-4, Friday.

The other Division 1 semifinal game pits Marina's Sunset League rival, Los Alamitos, against No. 3-seeded Harvard-Westlake. Los Alamitos advanced by knocking off No. 2 seed El Toro, 4-1, and Harvard-Westlake shut down Santa Margarita, 5-0, in other quarterfinal round action Friday.

Marina will take an eight-game win streak into the semis, and this is a group that certainly has the look of a team on a mission.


"We've had the team to do this all year," said Marina Coach Bob Marshall who is taking the Vikings to their first semifinal appearance since 2003.

That year, the Vikings won the Division 1 championship under current Marina assistant coach, Paul Renfrow.

"Every since the Tustin game, this team has been outstanding," Marshall said. "Hitting, pitching, you name it. This team is so tight as a unit and they are enjoying playing the game of baseball. It shows."

The Marina senior class went out a winner in its final game on its home field. None had a bigger game offensively than Jake Bauers, in addition to Austin Olivas starring on the mound.

Bauers, a University of Hawaii commit, blasted two home runs to give the Vikings (21-8) all the runs they would need. Olivas contained No. 5-seeded Agoura (22-10, Marmonte League champion), went the distance and held the Chargers to their lowest run total in five weeks since a 4-1 loss to Moorpark on April 17.

Olivas allowed six hits and struck out three without yielding a walk.

The Chargers had outscored their first two playoff opponents, Sherman Oaks Notre Dame and Trabuco Hills, 21-9.

"He is our bulldog," Marshall said of the left-hander who improved to 7-3. "He's our big-game pitcher. He beat Lakewood on the road last year, and he's just so tough. He commands respect."

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