Before the first pitch went out to christen the 2011 prep baseball season, weeks before the Sunset League race was to unfold, Fountain Valley Coach Ron LaRuffa said that Edison "should dominate" the league and that the five other Sunset members would be battling for second- and third-place.
LaRuffa was right.
Edison repeated as Sunset champion and completed league play May 12 by defeating visiting Marina, 10-4. The Chargers scored the final five runs to pull away from tight game. They also avenged a 3-2 loss to the Vikings two days earlier , the only setback on their 2011 league record (14-1).
Edison, the top-ranked team in CIF Division 1, ended the regular season 23-3.
Marina grabbed a 1-0 lead in the top of the first but Edison scored twice in the bottom-half of the inning to go in front. A lead-off home run in the bottom of the second by senior Jonathan Brooks expanded the Chargers' lead to 3-1. Marina responded with three runs in the top of the third to go back in front, 4-3, but the Chargers scored twice more in the bottom of the third to take the lead for good, 5-4.
A three-run home run by senior Jon Torres in the bottom of the fourth and a two-run homer by Eric Snyder in the fifth, put the lead at 10-4 as Edison won on Senior Day.
Henry Owens notched his 11th win of the season by holding the Vikings to just two hits.
The Barons concluded Sunset League play May 12 with a home loss to Los Alamitos which used a grand slam by Moises Montes to pull away to a 6-1 victory. Both the teams advanced to the CIF Division 1 playoffs.
Huntington Beach: The Oilers and Newport Harbor met on May 12 and the season finale for both teams ended with the host Sailors scoring a run in the bottom of the eighth to score a 5-4 victory. Senior Sean Anderson hit a three-run home run to give Huntington a 3-1 lead in the top of the first and freshman Jesse Kuet and junior Lou Payetta both doubled for the Oilers who finished 3-11-1 in league play.
"We have a strong nucleus coming back next year, including all-Sunset League third baseman LJ Brewster," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said. "We will be much improved from 2011."
Ocean View: The Seahawks received a forfeit victory from Santa Ana May 12 and finished tied for second-place in the Golden West League. Reigning CIF Division 3 champion Ocean View took a 16-10 overall record into the postseason.
Edison: The Chargers dropped their Sunset League finale, 4-2 to visiting Marina on May 12. Junior Nicole Zapotoczny homered in the second inning to give Edison a 1-0 lead. The Chargers finished tied with Marina for second-place.
Fountain Valley: The Barons did what no other Sunset League team could do in 2011: beat league champ Los Alamitos. It came in dramatic fashion, too, as sophomore Emily Brucelas clubbed a three-run home run in the bottom of the eighth inning to give host Fountain Valley a 7-4 victory on May 12. Jesse Giese, Madi Perez and Khailey Campos all doubled for the Barons who finished 5-5 in league and advanced to the CIF playoffs in Rick Aldrich's first year as head coach.
Huntington Beach: The Oilers capped their 2011 season May 12 with a 6-0 shutout of Newport Harbor. Freshman pitcher Micaela Vierra struck out seven for her ninth win. Jill Martinez, Kaitlynn Lanksbury, Jacqui Pasqual and Ally Forsberg led an offense that had 10 hits. Senior Vicky Galasso finished the year with school-record 50 hits, Huntington Coach Jeff Forsberg said.
The Oilers ended the year 12-16.
"The youth of this team improved all year and set the foundation for years to come," Forsberg said. I'm very proud of being part of Vicky Galasso's career at Huntington. She was stellar on and off the field for four years and is ready for college at Idaho St."
Marina: The Vikings earned a share of second-place in the Sunset League by coming from behind to defeat host Edison, 4-2. Kristen Struett smashed a two-run home run that sailed over the fence in left-field in the top of the fourth to give Marina a 2-1 lead and then the left-fielder capped her huge performance with another two-run shot in the top of the sixth to expand the lead to 4-1. Freshman pitcher Tera Blanco held the Chargers to three hits for her 15th win.
Ocean View: The Seahawks finished an 8-2 run in Golden West League play and wrapped up second-place by blanking Santa Ana on May 11, 10-0. Junior Kristin Nance and senior Sarah Craig each doubled twice and senior pitcher Celine Fuentes threw a two-hitter for her ninth win.