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Teams ready for league

Local baseball teams jump into competitive league play this week, featuring strong Sunset.

March 19, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

The 2014 prep baseball season is not even a month old, but the start to what is sure to be a fun Sunset League race already gets underway Friday.

The first games in the first round of league play finds defending champion Fountain Valley traveling to face Los Alamitos, Marina hosting Edison, and Huntington Beach home to Newport Harbor.

First pitch for all three games is 3:15 p.m.

Two Sunset teams enter league play ranked among the top 10 in CIF Southern Section Division 1: Los Alamitos is No. 2 and Huntington No. 6.

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Edison played a nonleague doubleheader Monday against Long Beach Poly, and split with the visiting Jackrabbits. Poly took the first game, 9-8, but Edison claimed a 1-0 win in Game 2.

In the opening game, Edison held an 8-1 lead but Poly scored eight runs in the fourth inning to go in front for good. Junior Kevin Ando went three for four with a double to pace the Chargers.

In Edison's 1-0 win in the second game, senior right-hander Aaron Satterfield scattered three hits and didn't allow a run in five innings in a pitching rotation that also saw senior Jason McLellan and juniors Noah Kronfly and Michael Mahony take the mound. Pinch hitter Wyatt Bersch started the ninth with a double and scored the winning run on a single by junior Nick Mailman.

The Chargers also won the consolation championship of the Loara Tournament.

"We have been playing consistently well thus far in all phases of the game, especially on the mound and defensively," Edison Coach Cameron Chinn said. "If we can get big hits with runners in scoring position, we should be able to give Marina a good game."

Fountain Valley completed play Saturday at the Loara Tournament, and defeated Villa Park, 9-3, to finish 3-2 at the tournament. Senior pitcher Scott Schultz got the win, seniors Dillon Persinger and Brock Lundquist each homered, and juniors Willie Aguilar and Justin Navarro each had two hits for the Barons (4-3).

"We have played two good games thus far where we pitched and hit," Fountain Valley Coach Deric Yanagisawa said. "We will continue to piece together our pitching.

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