Marina High and Ocean View weren't scheduled to meet during the course of the prep baseball regular season, but by virtue of what transpired during the opening of the of the Ryan Lemmon Invitational, the neighboring schools worked their way to a chance encounter on the diamond.
Both the Vikings and Seahawks dropped their tournament openers on Saturday, came back Monday to win their next games which paired the teams against each other in a second-round game of the consolation bracket.
That meeting took place Tuesday at Ryan Lemmon Stadium in Irvine, and it was Marina who emerged with a 13-9 victory.
The Vikings took an 11-2 lead into the bottom of the sixth inning. Coach Bob Marshall said he removed his starters from the game and in the inning, the Vikings committed six errors. Marshall then re-entered his starters, and the Vikings, who scored their final two runs in the top of the seventh, held on for the win to improve to 9-6.
Jake Bauers hit a three-run home run, also tripled, drove in four runs and went four for five for Marina. Landon Marshall went three for three with a double, two runs batted in and walked and Tyler Mildenberg went four for five with a triple.
Senior Jack Westermeyer got the win. Sophomore Steven Gingery, who came in to pitch in the seventh inning, struck out the side to earn his fourth save of the year.
Jared Goodman and Luke Fell both continued their hitting streaks and each had two hits to lead Ocean View's 14-hit attack.
"We got off to such a bad start and it was hard to recover," said Ocean View Coach Shane Borowski, whose team fell behind early, 6-0. "I'm really proud of our guys though. We beat them from the second inning on, and sometimes that's how you have to look at it when you give up a big inning like that. To come back like we did after a nine-run deficit, is promising. Credit to Coach Marshall at Marina, too. He does such a good job with his kids. They always have a great squad every year."
In the final day of the tournament Wednesday, Ocean View took on Yorba Linda. The score wasn't available at press time.
In tournament openers Saturday, Marina fell, 5-0, to Tustin, while Ocean View was blanked, 4-0, by Corona Roosevelt.
The locals, however, bounced back on Monday to win their next games.
Marina scored a 7-4 win over Trabuco Hills, the decisive runs coming in the bottom of the sixth on a two-RBI triple by Brett Lynn that snapped a 4-4 tie. Max Gibbs started the game and went four innings allowing three earned runs. Dee Atwood threw the final three innings to get the win, his first.
Marshall said his team had to "find themselves," this week, following a pair of heart-breaking Sunset League losses last week to Newport Harbor and Fountain Valley.
"We have to dig deep and gather ourselves as a team, and go out each game to expect to win," he said. "Our focus this week in the Ryan Lemmon Tournament, is to execute and play team baseball."
Ocean View took a 3-2 game from Woodbridge. Senior Brian Jensen, a senior and transfer from Pacifica, pitched a complete game. He allowed only three hits and struck out three in his first performance.
Jensen had to sit out the first six weeks of the season due to the
Ocean View, which trailed, 2-0, couldn't muster anything offensively until sophomore Jake Volo led off the third inning with an 11-pitch at-bat that resulted in a walk. A sacrifice by Michael Giacone, single by Goodman, and a fielder's choice grounder by Aaron Beutel, scored Volo.
The Seahawks saved their best for last, scoring two runs with two outs in the top of the seventh. The rally included an RBI double by Goodman that scored pinch runner Zach Honnes (walk), and Beutel reached base on an infield single.
Jensen shut down the Warriors in the bottom of the seventh to win in his debut.
Hard 9 National Classic
Both Edison and Huntington Beach are competing this week at the Hard 9 National Classic, and both lost tournament games on Tuesday.
Huntington (8-6) was edged, 3-2, by Cerritos Gahr in the championship bracket at El Dorado High. Logan Pouelsen (RBI), Jake Brodt (RBI), Jesse Kuet and Marcus Mayorga had hits for the Oilers.
Edison lost, 9-2, to Whittier La Serna in a consolation bracket game at Esperanza High. It was the second tourney loss for the Chargers (7-7), who suffered a 1-0, nine-inning defeat Monday to Calvert Hall of Maryland.
Huntington won its tourney opener Monday, 7-1, over Concord De La Salle. Junior Sean O'Toole pitched five innings and gave up just three hits and a run. Pouelsen went three for three and drove in three runs.
"It was a good start to the tournament," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said. "They are a great program, so to swing the bats and pitch like we did, was a big boost."
The Oilers and Chargers played tournament games on Wednesday. Scores from both games weren't available at press time.
The tournament concludes on Thursday.
Anaheim Lions Tournament
Following a tight, first game Saturday, Fountain Valley has gone on to dominate play at the Anaheim Lions Tournament.
The Barons, ranked fourth in CIF Southern Section Division 1, have outscored opponents, 53-6, in their first four games of the tournament. Their latest victim was Salinas whom they defeated, 11-3, on Tuesday.
Winners of eight straight, the Barons are now 15-1 overall. They were among the contenders through Tuesday, to play for the tournament title.
John Shattles went three for four with a double, Jordan Lucio homered among two hits and both Justin Brand and J.T. Cobb (double) also had two hits to lead the Barons' 11-hit effort. Sophomore Hunter Margain (4-0) threw five innings and gave up five hits in the win.
"We've been able to jump out to early leads in this game, and that has given us a chance to play a lot of guys," Fountain Valley Coach Deric Yanagisawa said. "We've been fortunate to have the chance to give guys who haven't had a lot of at-bats so far, time to bat, and have had the chance to give guys some innings."
Fountain Valley played two games on the opening day of the tournament on Saturday. They mustered only three hits in their opener against Campolindo of Northern California, but still squeezed out a 2-0 victory. Junior Joe Loranger (1-0) threw the first four innings and took the win.
The Barons came back in the afternoon Saturday to take on La Salle. They pounded out 14 hits and posted a 12-0 win. Daniel Rosica went four for four and Jacob Peralta was three for four. Starter
On Monday, Fountain Valley swarmed Woods Cross of Utah, 28-3. This time, the Barons went for 19 hits which included home runs by Jacob Church and Joseph Secrest. John Hill went three for three with a pair of doubles, Kyle Goodman went three for three and Rosica, Peralta and Brock Lundquist (double) each had two hits.
In Sunset League games played before spring break, Fountain Valley edged host Marina, 3-2, and Edison won, 3-1, over visiting Huntington. In Golden West League action, Ocean View was handed a 14-1 defeat by Loara.
Marina held an early, 1-0 lead on Fountain Valley but the Barons came back to take a 2-1 lead. The score was tied, 2-2, at the end of five innings. The Barons scored the winning run in the top of the sixth but had to hold off scoring threats by the Vikings in their final two at-bats.
Big defensive stops at third base by Justin Brand, and in left field by Daniel Rosica, played big roles in Fountain Valley's win. The Barons ended the first round of league play 5-0 and hold a two-game lead on the rest of the Sunset pack.
Daniel Patzlaff went two for three, Jordan Lucio had an RBI triple and John Shattles had an RBI fly out, to pace the Fountain Valley offense. Tyler Mildenberg went three for four with an RBI and Austin Sojka had two hits and drove in a run for Marina which dropped its second, 3-2 game in three days, and went to 3-2 in league.
Starter Monty Plattner, a senior who worked the first five innings, got the win to improve to 6-0. Sophomore J.T. Cobb closed and earned his fourth save of the year.
"Any cushion you get in the Sunset League, you're fortunate to have," Yanagisawa said. "It can be lost in the blink of an eye. There are a lot of good teams in this league and every game is a battle.
"This was a typical Sunset League game. Marina played really well and I tip my cap to [Austin] Olivas who pretty much dominated the game. We came through, though, when we needed to."
Olivas, who went the distance for Marina, turned in another strong performance. The left-handed senior (3-1) scattered six hits, struck out six, and walked one.
"Austin is an A-1, quality starter," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said. "I thought he did a great job today.
"I tip my hat to them. That is a well-coached team, a disciplined team. We had to be just as disciplined, in order for us to succeed today. We went outside our game plan, though."
Edison improved to 2-3 in league play after scoring the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth to down Huntington, 3-1. Senior Tyler Jones (2-3) allowed only three hits in six innings and sophomore Michael Mahony worked the seventh and registered the save.
The Chargers managed five hits off the Oilers'
Jarrett Anton, Jake Brodt and Dillon Millar had hits for Huntington, which also is 2-3 in league.
The Oilers get the chance next week to get within striking distance of Fountain Valley. They play the Barons twice starting with a 3:15 p.m. game Wednesday at Fountain Valley.
Huntington plays host to the Barons on April 12.
"Everyone have seen everyone now," Medure said, referring to teams facing each other in the first round of league play. "We have sized each other up and this is where we have to step up. We know what we are up against, but who ever executes the best in the next month will win the league."
Ocean View returns to Golden West League competition Wednesday for a 3:15 p.m. home game against Santa Ana.