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Oilers, Chargers in front

Baseball Roundup

Huntington Beach, Edison share lead in early going of Sunset League baseball race.

April 02, 2014|By Mike Sciacca

It's still in the early stages of the Sunset League baseball season, but setting the early pace, are co-league leaders Huntington Beach High and Edison.

Huntington Beach, the fourth-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 1, went on the road March 26 to face Fountain Valley, and won a well-played nail-biter, 2-1. The Oilers on Friday took a 9-3 home win from Marina.

Senior Jarrett Anton hit a two-run triple in the top of the seventh inning to break open a scoreless tie at Fountain Valley, then held off the Barons in the bottom-half of the seventh to get the key win. Senior Sean O'Toole (2-0) threw 4 2/3 innings and got the win, and sophomore Logan Pouelsen earned the save in the seventh innings.

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Noah Davis took the pitching win Friday against Marina. The junior pitched five innings, gave up five hits and improved to 4-0 on the season.

Senior Clint Jack had a three-run triple and junior Cooper Moore went two for two and scored twice for the Oilers.

Huntington started the week 3-0 in league, and 7-2 overall.

"We have some good pitching, but I don't feel like we have pitched to the best of our ability," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said. "We have fallen behind a bunch and walked the lead-off guy way too many times to be successful. We have been lucky to get out of situations unharmed. We need to sharpen that area up.

"When we pitch to our ability, we will be tough to beat. Hopefully, that is Wednesday against Edison."

The top spot was on the line Wednesday when Edison traveled to face Huntington. The score wasn't available at press time.

Edison got off to a 3-0 league start, winning two games in the past week to sit alone in first place. They picked up victory No. 2 March 26 by defeating host Newport Harbor, 4-1. Two days later, then shut out visiting Los Alamitos, 1-0, Friday.

In the win over Newport Harbor, junior Pierson Loska had an RBI double among two hits and fellow sophomore Kaz Akamatsu threw 6 1/3 innings and didn't allow a run in getting the win. Junior Michael Mahony relieved Akamatsu and earned his second save of the season.

Loska scored the game's only run against Los Alamitos when senior Philip Knapp delivered an RBI single in the second innings. Junior Noah Kronfly pitched a shutout and allowed only two hits in improving to 4-0.

The two wins put Edison at 11-3 overall, and helped the Chargers creep up to No. 7 in this week's CIF Southern Section Division 1 rankings.

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