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Edison comes out on top against Marina

High School Baseball

Chargers strong in first three innings and take 6-2 victory over Vikings in Sunset League opener.

March 21, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
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Edison High baseball Coach Cameron Chinn earlier in the week felt that a big key for his Chargers in their Sunset League opener against Marina, would be the ability to produce offensively with runners in scoring position. Do that, and Chinn believed his team could give the host Vikings a "good game."

The Chargers did achieve that key aspect, and it led to a victory. They used timely hitting to rally from an early, two-run deficit to post a 6-4 win.

Edison scored its six runs over three innings, built a 6-2 lead, then held off the Vikings.

"This game showed our poise," the first-year Edison coach said. "In the top of the first, we put our first two batters on base, but couldn't finish. They come back to score two runs, but we responded right away and took the lead.

"We had talked earlier this week about maintaining our poise, and I thought our guys did just that today. I really thought Noah [Kronfly] exemplified that poise after falling behind."

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Kronfly got the start for Edison. After giving up two runs in the bottom of the first inning, the junior right-hander held Marina scoreless until the bottom of the sixth where he gave up a third run. He exited the game with two out and runners at first and second. Junior Nate Madden took over.

Kronfly gave up six hits, struck out three, walked three and hit a batter in improving to 2-0.

Marina got to Kronfly early, getting three of its hits in the bottom of the first. Lead-off hitter Austin Sojka doubled to the fence in right-center field, junior KJ Spiratos ripped a two-out single to score Sojka, and Spiratos went on to score when Chase Sebby drove his first pitch into center field past a diving Philip Knapp for a double.

Edison (7-3 overall) retaliated immediately. Junior Jake Scott drew a full-count walk to start the second and junior Mike Mahony next drilled a double to the fence in right field to send Scott to third. One out later, Knapp tripled to deep center field to drive in both Scott and Mahony to tie the score.

"Mike Mahony hadn't been starting recently, but he has worked really hard and earned a start today," Chinn said. "He took advantage of his situation, and he had a big day.

"Our game plan today was to put the ball in play."

Edison, which earlier had runners at second and third in the top of the first but failed to score, went into the lead for good after Knapp's triple.

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