Fountain Valley High baseball Coach Deric Yanagisawa called it a "huge week" for his Barons, and rightfully so: they were about to embark on a two-game swing against Huntington Beach that would have a direct impact on the Sunset League race.
It turned out to be a beneficial week for the Barons who by virtue of their two wins over the Oilers, took over sole possession of first-place in a tight title chase.
Fountain Valley won a wild, 9-7 contest April 23, then led the entire way Friday in defeating the visiting Oilers, 6-0.
The two wins catapulted previously unranked Fountain Valley into the No. 3 slot in this week's CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll. Huntington, which was ranked No. 1 heading into the two games, dropped to No. 5.
"This was a huge week for us, and our guys played extremely well," Yanagisawa said after his team improved to 15-6 overall and 8-1 in league.