Marina held an early, 1-0 lead on Fountain Valley but the Barons came back to take a 2-1 lead. The score was tied, 2-2, at the end of five innings. The Barons scored the winning run in the top of the sixth but had to hold off scoring threats by the Vikings in their final two at-bats.
Big defensive stops at third base by Justin Brand, and in left field by Daniel Rosica, played big roles in Fountain Valley's win. The Barons ended the first round of league play 5-0 and hold a two-game lead on the rest of the Sunset pack.
Daniel Patzlaff went two for three, Jordan Lucio had an RBI triple and John Shattles had an RBI fly out, to pace the Fountain Valley offense. Tyler Mildenberg went three for four with an RBI and Austin Sojka had two hits and drove in a run for Marina which dropped its second, 3-2 game in three days, and went to 3-2 in league.
Starter Monty Plattner, a senior who worked the first five innings, got the win to improve to 6-0. Sophomore J.T. Cobb closed and earned his fourth save of the year.
"Any cushion you get in the Sunset League, you're fortunate to have," Yanagisawa said. "It can be lost in the blink of an eye. There are a lot of good teams in this league and every game is a battle.
"This was a typical Sunset League game. Marina played really well and I tip my cap to [Austin] Olivas who pretty much dominated the game. We came through, though, when we needed to."
Olivas, who went the distance for Marina, turned in another strong performance. The left-handed senior (3-1) scattered six hits, struck out six, and walked one.
"Austin is an A-1, quality starter," Marina Coach Bob Marshall said. "I thought he did a great job today.
"I tip my hat to them. That is a well-coached team, a disciplined team. We had to be just as disciplined, in order for us to succeed today. We went outside our game plan, though."
Edison improved to 2-3 in league play after scoring the go-ahead runs in the bottom of the sixth to down Huntington, 3-1. Senior Tyler Jones (2-3) allowed only three hits in six innings and sophomore Michael Mahony worked the seventh and registered the save.
Jarrett Anton, Jake Brodt and Dillon Millar had hits for Huntington, which also is 2-3 in league.
The Oilers get the chance next week to get within striking distance of Fountain Valley. They play the Barons twice starting with a 3:15 p.m. game Wednesday at Fountain Valley.
Huntington plays host to the Barons on April 12.
"Everyone have seen everyone now," Medure said, referring to teams facing each other in the first round of league play. "We have sized each other up and this is where we have to step up. We know what we are up against, but who ever executes the best in the next month will win the league."
Ocean View returns to Golden West League competition Wednesday for a 3:15 p.m. home game against Santa Ana.