A strong pitching and hitting performance by senior Travis Sparks-Jackson and a clutch home run by senior Timmy Robinson on Monday sparked the Ocean View baseball team to victory at the Foothill Tournament.
In the third round of the round-robin tournament (Foothill Bracket), the Seahawks fell behind early to visiting Trabuco Hills but rallied back for a 5-3 victory.
Trailing, 1-0, heading into the bottom of the third, Robinson provided Ocean View with the hit it needed. With runners at first and second, he rocketed a 2-1 pitch over the left-center field fence for a three-run home run that gave the Seahawks the lead for good.
Sparks-Jackson also had two runs batted in in a two-for-three day, including a double that scored two runs. Sparks-Jackson (2-0) pitched into the seventh inning before giving way to reliever Colton Johnson.
"It was a great relief to see Travis pitch the way he did," Ocean View Coach Shane Borowski said. "He was in basketball up until a week and a half ago. To his credit, he had been playing catch and throwing bullpens on his own, and it really showed. His preparation paid off and helped us out tremendously.
Ocean View began its season on March 1 and edged visiting Corona, 1-0.
The Seahawks weren't as fortunate in their second tournament game Saturday, falling to Irvine, 8-7.
The Warriors dropped their season opener, 9-6, to Liberty Christian, on Friday and then got swept in a doubleheader Saturday by Calvary Chapel of Downey.
The Chargers came up short Tuesday at Pacifica and dropped a 6-1 game to the Mariners in Loara Tournament action. Edison opened with an 8-1 loss to Tustin on March 1, but bounced back Saturday for an 11-2 win at University.
Timmy Lopes tripled among his two hits and Dante Capoccia, Danny Maguire, Darren Preece and Brian Schales each had two hits and each doubled in the win over University. Starter Don Pierce got the win.
The Barons were handed their first loss of the season Tuesday when they fell, 7-5, against El Toro in the quarterfinals of the Loara Tournament.
Fountain Valley faced a 7-0 deficit but rallied for five runs in its final at-bat. The Barons had the tying runs on base but couldn't bring them home. Justin Brand went two for two with a double and Dan Patzlaff was three for four for the Barons.
The Barons rocketed to two big wins last week to start the tournament. In their first game, they recorded a 13-2 victory over a Pacifica (Garden Grove) team that was ranked fourth in CIF Division 2. Turner Clouse had a grand slam and five RBIs.
The Barons also took care of El Modena, 14-4.
Fountain Valley (4-1) hosts Mira Costa at 3 p.m. Thursday.
The Oilers produced three wins to open the season at the Newport Elks Tournament. Huntington began its campaign with an 8-2 win over Gahr, ranked No. 9 in Division 3, on March 1. On Saturday, the Oilers scored a 3-2 win over Bishop Amat, the No. 1-ranked team in Division 4, and whipped Mater Dei, ranked third in Division 1, by an 8-1 score.
In the 8-2 win over Gahr, Matt Urabe homered and doubled and Adam Daymude homered and drove in three runs. Senior
Lou Payetta scored the winning run in the top of the seventh at Bishop Amat to lift the Oilers past the Lancers. Payetta also had two hits and drove in a run in the top of the fifth that gave Huntington a 2-0 lead.
In the Mater Dei win, the Oilers got home runs from Daymude (two hits), Brent Urabe and Jake Caron.
"It is a good gauge of what kind of team that we can be," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said. "Beating three top-ranked teams is a big achievement that I don't take lightly. We played complete games in all three contests and you have to do that to compete in the Sunset League."
The Vikings lost to Villa Park, 9-2, on Tuesday at the Loara Tournament. Jake Bauers went two for three and Grant Mayeaux doubled with an RBI for the Vikings.
Marina had opened its season at the tournament Friday and scored a come-from-behind, 2-1, nine-inning victory over visiting Santa Margarita. Landon Marshall went three for four with a double, RBI and a run scored. His single in the bottom of the ninth brought in Mayeaux with the winning run.
In their second tournament game Saturday, Marina dropped a 2-0 decision to Aliso Viejo.