Baseball Roundup: Barons keep rolling

Fountain Valley won its first five games to start the Sunset League baseball race, a start that put the Barons alone in first place in the league standings.

During spring break, the Barons produced another 5-0 record, this time, at the Anaheim Lions Tournament.

Fountain Valley completed its nonleague schedule on April 3 by defeating Capistrano Valley, 12-5, to finish the tournament undefeated.

The Barons were one of several teams to go undefeated at the tournament, which drew 72 teams from across the nation. Those teams, who went 4-0 through the first three days of the event which started March 30, were positioned in final games on April 3 by virtue of runs each allowed in their first four tournament games.

The two teams that allowed the fewest runs in the tournament, Villa Park and Desert Christian, were designated for the championship game. Desert Christian defeated Villa Park, 5-4.

"The entire team contributed to the 5-0 record," Fountain Valley Coach Deric Yanagisawa said. "Each player had an impact over the course of the week."

Fountain Valley scored three runs in the fifth inning, and posted nine runs in the sixth inning, to get past Capistrano Valley. Brock Lundquist went three for four with a pair of doubles and a home run. Justin Cobb (1-0) got the win in relief.

The Barons, who entered the week at No. 2 in CIF Southern Section Division 1, improved to 16-1 overall.

In five games, Fountain Valley's pitching staff allowed only three earned runs. Yanagisawa said Cobb, Scott Schultz, Hunter Margain, Nick Yang, Joey Loranger, Travis Schloderer and Monty Plattner were "outstanding on the mound."

The Fountain Valley offense was led by Jacob Peralta, who hit .700 for the tournament and led the Barons in runs batted in with eight. Daniel Rosica also had a big week with eight RBIs and hit over .400. Yanagisawa said Lundquist and Jordan Lucio also were key standouts on offense.

Fountain Valley concludes its three-game Sunset League series with Huntington Beach at 3:15 p.m. Friday at Huntington. The teams met Wednesday but the score from Wednesday's game wasn't available at press time.

"We're excited to get back into the Sunset League," Yanagisawa said. "It's going to be a tough five weeks. We have to play our best against these teams or things could go south in a hurry. Every game will be a grind."

Hard 9 Classic

Huntington Beach finished seventh, and Edison 13th, at the Hard Nine Classic in Yorba Linda.

Orange Lutheran won the tournament title by defeating Cypress, 4-0, in the final on April 4.

Huntington (9-7) finished the 16-team tournament on April 4 and rolled past Calvert Hall of Maryland, 11-1. Andrew Geiger threw 6 1/3 innings and allowed two hits and one run. Logan Pouelsen drove in three runs and Sean O'Toole was two for three with four RBIs and scored three runs.

Pouelsen, who hit .583 in four games, and Jesse Kuet (.500), made the all-tournament team.

"The National Classic is a very prestigious tournament that showcases some of the best teams in the nation," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said. "I felt like we held our own. We have a young team that is growing and to get thrown into the fire like that is great for our confidence. We feel battle-tested and prepared for the second half of the season."

The second half of the season, the remainder of the Sunset League race, put the Oilers up twice this week against league front-runner Fountain Valley, ending with a home game against the Barons on Friday.

"They are tough," Medure said of the Barons. "They execute and don't beat themselves. We have our work cut out for us this week, but I like the fact that there is no pressure on us. We have nothing to lose. We can play loose. That is why staying undefeated is so tough. The pressure mounts with every win."

Edison ended its tournament run with a 3-1 victory on April 4 over Cottonwood of Utah, its second win in four tourney games. Senior right-hander Tyler Jones (3-1) got the win as the Chargers improved to 8-8 overall.

Pitcher Noah Kronfly and outfielder Nick Mailman, both sophomores, represented Edison on the all-tournament team.

"Noah and Nick have been playing really well for us," Edison Coach Steve Lambright said. "We played four solid teams in this tournament, teams that I think will be similar to the teams we'll face in league play.

"We're ready for a run in the second half [of league], but it will be no easy task. I told my guys that every game in league, will be like a playoff game, from here on out."

The Chargers play Newport Harbor twice this week. They play host to the Sailors at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

Ryan Lemmon Invitational

Marina captured the consolation championship of the tournament on April 3 with a 9-5 win against El Modena. Senior Jake Stewart registered the win. Casey Hayes doubled twice with two RBIs, Brett Lynn had two hits and drove in two runs, and Jake Bauers, Jake Arledge and Grant Mayeaux also had hits for the Vikings (10-5).

Bauers, Mayeaux and Tyler Mildenberg were named to the all-tournament team.

Marina won its final three tourney games after an opening, 5-0 loss to Tustin on March 30.

"We just had to come together as a team," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said. "There were a few key players that had to sit against Tustin for disciplinary reasons. I'm so proud that the guys that were benched responded the following days with performance and leadership. If this can make us stronger as a team in the long run, then it was well worth it.

"It's the hardest part of the job to get everyone firing on all the same cylinders and trusting in one another. This is a very talented group and they can do great things if they trust and believe in each other."

The Vikings start the stretch drive of Sunset League play this week with a two-game series with Los Alamitos. They'll travel to face the Griffins at 3:15 p.m. Friday.

"Los Al is a well-coached team," Marshall said. "They have some tremendously talented players. Their record of 1-4 in league is misleading. However, we have a few players as well who can compete with anyone. We have to bring our A game this week and stay focused on the game plan and execute. Looking forward to a battle this week."

Marina went 3-1 at the tournament, which included a 13-9 win over Ocean View April 2. The Seahawks finished 1-3 and closed out tourney play with a 10-6 loss in eight innings to Yorba Linda.

Dallas Broge went three for four with five RBIs and Jared Goodman went two for three with two RBIs for the Seahawks in the Yorba Linda game.

Ocean View Coach Shane Borowski said Goodman, who had 10 hits and six RBIs in four games, and Luke Fell, who had four hits and two RBIs, were named to the all-tournament team.

"We enjoy playing in this tournament," Borowski said. "We always get something positive out of it. We played some very good teams and competed in every game. Our record doesn't show it, but we competed in each game and had a chance to win every time.

"We brought the tying or winning run up in the sixth or seventh inning in each of our losses. We are a few pieces short of the complete puzzle, but our kids battled and competed. That's all we can ask for."

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