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."