Close games seem to be the norm when Fountain Valley and Huntington Beach meet on the baseball diamond.
Wednesday's Sunset League showdown at Huntington had a similar feel, only this time it was a high-scoring affair.
Fountain Valley staked its way to an early, 5-0 lead, lost that advantage and fell behind two runs, but scored the game's final four runs to emerge with a scintillating, 9-7 victory. The win was big for the Barons who moved into a first-place tie with the Oilers in the league standings.
Both teams, now 3-1 in league, conclude their three-game series at 3:15 p.m. Friday at Fountain Valley.
Huntington, the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 1, had its 12-game win streak snapped.
The game produced 19 hits and the teams combined sent nine pitchers to the mound.
"It was a great game on both sides," Fountain Valley Coach Deric Yanagisawa said. "In our last eight games with those guys (Huntington Beach), it's either been a one-run game, a close game, or a back-and-forth game, which it was today.