Oilers continue to roll

The Huntington Beach baseball team continued its torrid start to the 2012 season Tuesday by sweeping a nonleague doubleheader at Ocean View.

The Oilers, fresh from winning the Foothill Tournament, posted 11-0 and 9-2 wins over the host Seahawks at Gibbs Field. The two triumphs put the Oilers, who entered the doubleheader ranked third in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll, at 7-0 overall.

In the first game, Brett Urabe went three for four with three runs batted in, Adam Daymude was two for four with two RBIs and Matt Urabe went two for four with an RBI for the Oilers. A pitching rotation of Christian Abe, Shane Grace, Kevin Heesacker — who earned the win to move to 2-0 — Clay Morris and LJ Brewster limited Ocean View to one hit. Luke Fell had the hit for the Seahawks.

Ocean View took a 2-0 lead into the top of the third inning in the second game but Huntington scored the final nine runs. Seahawks' starter Colton Johnson, who went two for three on offense, threw two scoreless innings. Travis Sparks-Jackson, who had an RBI, gave up two earned runs in two innings of relief.

The Oilers tied the score with two runs in the third, then took the lead for good by scoring once in the fourth. A one-out, two-run scoring single by sophomore Clint Jack in the fifth extended the lead to 6-2. Sophomore Jesse Kuet and junior Jake Caron both picked up RBI singles in the sixth. Senior Mario Gross roped a seventh-inning double to score sophomore Marcus Mayorga for the final run in the seventh.

Kuet went two for three with three RBIs, Jack was two for three with two RBIs and sophomore Andrew Arledge (1-0) gave up four hits and two runs in four innings to record his first win of the season.

Joey Garcia also had a hit for Ocean View (2-5).

"I like the intensity of our play today," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said. "We played with a purpose. We got ourselves into good hitting counts and took advantage. I also liked the way we answered their threats. I was pleased with the way we fought today."

"Credit to Huntington," Ocean View Coach Shane Borowski said. "They played good baseball. The one thing that concerned me was that they (Huntington) had fun out there, and we didn't. They were loose and having fun. We, on the other hand, were tight, timid and played not to lose."

Huntington was coming off an impressive run at the Foothill Tournament, where the Oilers claimed the Learner Division tourney title. They defeated Palm Desert, the top-ranked team in Division 4, 5-2, in the final Friday. Heesacker, a senior, gave up one earned run and struck out seven in five innings to get the win in the title game.

Prior to defeating Palm Desert, the Oilers topped Tesoro, 5-2, on March 7, where Abe, a senior, threw a complete-game four-hitter. In two games, Daymude, a senior, hit three home runs and Caron homered twice. Medure said that Kuet had a team-high nine RBIs during the tournament.

Ocean View was coming off a 2-3 showing at the Foothill Tournament. The Seahawks defeated Corona (1-0) and Trabuco Hills (5-3) and lost to Irvine (8-7), San Juan Hills (6-2) and Corona Del Mar (4-2).

Both Huntington and Ocean View start their league schedules Friday. The Oilers play a 3:15 p.m. Sunset League game at Fountain Valley, while the Seahawks open Golden West League play at 3 p.m. at Westminster. Borowski said that Johnson will get the start against the defending-champion Lions.

*

Brethren Christian

The Warriors were upended, 22-14, by St. Anthony of Long Beach in a nonleague game Tuesday. Senior Daniel Lee, in his first pitching assignment, didn't give up an earned run in four innings of work. St. Anthony scored 14 of its runs in the second inning.

BC (0-4) begins Academy League play at 3 p.m. Friday at home against Whitney.

*

Edison

The Chargers dropped a nonleague doubleheader at El Toro on Tuesday.

Edison begins Sunset League play Friday with a 3:15 p.m. game at Newport Harbor.

*

Fountain Valley

The Barons capped a strong start to their season by finishing in fifth place at the Loara Tournament. In their final two tourney games, they routed Mira Costa, 12-1, and rallied for two runs in the top of the seventh to slip past Cypress, 3-2.

In the 11-run victory over Mira Costa, Brock Lundquist went two for three with two RBIs, Matt Gasparro was two for three with an RBI, Turner Clouse had two hits and scored twice and Dan Patzlaff had two hits. Joe Loranger threw four innings and gave up one run for the win.

In the come-from-behind win over Cypress, Clouse singled, Justin Brand doubled home Clouse and freshman pinch-hitter Mike Hamilton doubled in the winning run. Junior Monty Plattner pitched four relief innings and earned his third win of the season.

The two victories put Fountain Valley at 4-1 in the tournament and 6-1 overall. The Barons begin their Sunset League slate at 3 p.m. Friday, hosting Huntington Beach.

"We're playing solid defense, getting timely hitting and our pitching staff is throwing strikes," Fountain Valley Coach Ron LaRuffa said. "We'll need all three to compete in a very tough Sunset League this year."

*

Marina

The Vikings went 3-2 at the Loara Tournament and won games late last week against El Dorado and Sonora.

On March 9, Marina upended El Dorado, 6-1. Kevin Isa went three for three and Tyler Mildenberg had two hits. Austin Olivas pitched a complete game to get the win.

"This was a big win for us when we were coming off of two straight defeats where we did not play well," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said.

The Vikings concluded the tournament Saturday with a 6-4 win over Sonora, then the sixth-ranked team in Division 4.

Isa had another big game at the plate with three hits and Austin Sojka provided two RBIs. Freshmen Steven Gingery drew the starting pitching assignment and threw five solid innings to register his first varsity victory. Jackson Westermeyer pitched the sixth and Austin Sweet came on in the seventh to earn the save.

Marina begins Sunset League play at 3:15 p.m. Friday at home against Los Alamitos.

michael.sciacca@latimes.com

Twitter: @MikeSciacca

Copyright © 2019, Daily Pilot
EDITION: California | U.S. & World
68°