Baseball Roundup: Oilers have work to do

Coach Medure says HB was shaky in two games, but rebounded well and wants team to keep playing well.

March 12, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach, HB Independent )

After rain delayed the start to the season for several local prep baseball teams, the locals finally got their respective seasons underway in the past week.

Huntington Beach played three games over a three-day period, and went 2-1 in the process. The Oilers, ranked 10th in CIF Southern Section Division 1, won their opener, 7-2, Friday against Foothill, came back Saturday to play at JSerra and lost, 11-8, to the Lions (No. 5, Division 1), and bounced back Monday to defeat visiting Palm Desert (No. 5, Division 3), 3-1.

Senior infielder Jesse Kuet turned in big performances in all three games where he went a combined six for nine with three doubles and five RBIs. Junior pitcher Noah Davis threw five scoreless innings to earn the win against Foothill, and senior pitcher Andrew Arledge allowed one run and got the win and sophomore Logan Pouelsen earned the save in the win over Palm Desert.


"We have played so many games in the winter that I expected us to be in mid-season form right away," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said. "I was wrong. We were shaky against Foothill and JSerra, but we found our stride against a very tough Palm Desert team. Hopefully, we can keep it going one game at a time."

The Oilers (2-1) started play Wednesday at the Newport Elks Tournament, taking on Orange Lutheran. The score wasn't available at press time. The tournament continues Friday.

Fountain Valley played its first game of the season March 6, and scored a 10-4 win over host El Toro in an opening round game of the Loara Tournament. Seniors Junior Aguilar, Dillon Persinger, Justin Brand and junior Justin Navarro each had two hits for the Barons.

"We've had to piece together our pitching over the first couple of weeks until some guys get healthy," Fountain Valley Coach Deric Yanagisawa said. "We've had some guys step up and give us some quality innings. Offensively, these were the best at-bats we've had in a long time. Our guys used the middle of the field all night. It was nice to see us make some adjustments against a quality pitcher."

The Barons, ranked sixth in CIF Southern Section Division 1, picked up their second tournament victory Saturday by edging Pacifica, 3-2. Senior pitcher Scott Schultz, whom Yanagisawa said "gave us six huge innings," took the win. Navarro earned his first save.

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