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League play takes off

Baseball Roundup

Local teams yearn to play at their best in crucial part of the season.

March 26, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(SCOTT SMELTZER,…)

Opening day of the Sunset League baseball race Friday figured to be full of high quality matchups, and Day 1 did not disappoint.

Defending league champion Fountain Valley and Edison went on the road for their openers, and both picked up impressive victories, the Chargers, at the expense of Marina. Huntington Beach, meanwhile, was home for its opener, and also impressed.

Huntington scored an 8-4 victory over visiting Newport Harbor. Senior Dillon Millar went three for three and gave the Oilers the lead for good when he scored on senior Clint Jack's single in the bottom of the second inning. Sophomore Logan Pouelsen had two hits, an RBI double in the fourth followed by a three-run home run in the fifth.

The Oilers got nine hits and eight runs off Newport Harbor ace and Cal State Fullerton-bound Connor Seabold (2-1), who suffered his first loss.

Senior Noah Davis (UC Santa Barbara signee) threw five innings, struck out three and didn't allow an earned run to get the win, his third of the season.

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Huntington, ranked sixth in CIF Southern Section Division 1, improved to 5-2 overall.

Newport Harbor slipped to 6-2.

""I wish that I could bottle up our hitting approach that we had against Seabold," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said. "He was tough. He throws hard with a good breaking ball.

"Our guys stayed patient and looked to drive the ball back up the middle. Sounds so simple but tough to do. I loved the way they believed in our approach."

Edison found itself in an early, 2-0 hole at Marina Friday, came back to score the game's next six runs, and came away with a 6-4 victory over the Vikings. A two-run triple by senior Philip Knapp tied the score, and a fielder's choice RBI grounder by senior Brian Schales brought in the go-ahead run.

Junior Michael Mahony went two for three with a double and RBI and senior Adam Moses singled with an RBI for the Chargers.

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

Junior right-hander Noah Kronfly threw five innings to get the win and improve to 2-0. Junior Nate Madden threw the sixth and sophomore Kaz Akamatsu the seventh and got his first save.

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