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Barons move into sole possession of first in Sunset

High School Baseball

Fountain Valley too much for Huntington Beach, as defending league champions score 6-0 win.

April 26, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach, HB Independent )

The first two innings of Friday's Sunset League baseball game between Huntington Beach High and Fountain Valley had an eerily similar feel to it, much like the one the two teams had played two days ago.

In both cases, Fountain Valley jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Unlike Wednesday's wild contest, however, this time, the Barons never relinquished the lead.

Behind the standout pitching of Scott Schultz and timely hitting from its offense, Fountain Valley claimed a 6-0 shutout that put the defending champions alone in first place in the league standings. The Barons entered the week trailing the Oilers by a single game in the standings but by virtue of Friday's win, coupled with their 9-7 triumph Wednesday at Huntington, they now occupy the top spot.

"This was a huge week for us, and our guys played extremely well," Fountain Valley Coach Deric Yanagisawa said after his team improved to 15-6 overall and 8-1 in league. "Scott [Schultz] pitched a great game. He's been good for us all year. For him to go out there, and shut down a very good Huntington Beach team, was just amazing."

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The Barons' senior ace limited Huntington (15-4, 7-2) to two hits in a complete-game effort. Schultz, now 9-0, struck out five and walked two, and sent the Oilers down in order in the final three innings.

"That kid's good," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said of Schultz, motioning toward the Fountain Valley dugout after the game. "He put the ball were he wanted to, and kept us off balance. He's the reason they beat us.

"We lost because they were better than us in all facets today. They hit, fielded and pitched better than we did. They deserved the win."

The Barons got to Huntington starter Noah Davis early and handed the junior his first defeat. Davis (7-1) worked one batter into the bottom of the fourth where he was replaced by junior Brian Rousseau who finished the game.

Davis allowed seven hits and five runs, walked four, hit a batter and had one strikeout.

"Fountain Valley's a good hitting team," Medure said. "Noah [Davis] was a little off today and they took advantage."

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