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Baseball: Barons make move to top

Fountain Valley score two big wins over HB and took over first place in Sunset League heading into Wednesday.

April 30, 2014|By Mike Sciacca
(Don Leach, HB Independent )

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.

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The first two innings of Friday's game had an eerily similar feel to the one the teams had played two days earlier at Huntington. In both instances, Fountain Valley jumped out to a 5-0 lead. Unlike the April 23 high-scoring game, 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 back-to-back wins against the Oilers, occupied the top spot heading into this week.

"Scott [Schultz] pitched a great game," Yanagisawa said. "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."

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. "He put the ball where 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."

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