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 Scott Schultz (2-0) threw four innings and combined with Tyler McLaughlin and Nick Yang on a two-hitter.

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.