In the battle of Southern California teams, Huntington Beach turned to sophomore left-hander Nate Madole, who came through with 6 1/3 innings pitching to lead the Oilers past West Hills Chaminade, 7-2, in the championship game of the National High School Invitational on Saturday in Cary, N.C.
Huntington Beach was the preseason No. 1 team in Southern California but started the season 3-4 and lost standout two-way player Logan Pouelsen to Tommy John surgery. But the Oilers (7-4) have plenty of weapons and lots of depth, as they showed this week in winning four consecutive games.
Chad Minato, the Harvard-bound shortstop, contributed a two-run single during a four-run second inning. Hagen Danner went three for three. Madole scattered seven hits. Kobie Anton came on in the seventh to close out his third game of the tournament in relief.
Nick Kahle ended a productive tournament with two hits for Chaminade. He went seven for 15 in the tournament with two home runs.
Huntington Beach and Chaminade (5-3) will both return to Southern California to compete in the Boras Classic that begins at Mater Dei and JSerra on Tuesday.
In a consolation game, Santa Ana Mater Dei defeated North Broward Prep, 10-4. Grant Burton and Emilio Rosas each had two hits and two RBIs and Blake Hunt added two hits.