The 2013 prep baseball season is here. Below is a capsule preview look at Edison, Fountain Valley, Huntington Beach, Marina and Ocean View.
Head Coach: Steve Lambright (eighth year)
2012 record: 14-13
League finish: third
CIF playoff results: 1-1, reached first round, Division 1.
Returning starters: Tyler Jones, 1B/P, Sr.; Brian Schales, SS, Jr.; Joey DeMarco, 2B, Sr.; Jake Lesinski, C, Sr.; Dante Capoccia, OF, Jr.; Noah Kronfly, P, Soph.
Returning all-league players: Jones, Schales.
The schedule: The Chargers, who have won the Sunset League title four of the last six years and have reached the playoffs seven straight years, open their schedule at the Loara Tournament. They'll also play at the National Classic over spring break.
Coach's outlook: "I have had some powerhouse teams over the last few years with a lot of great talent," Lambright said. "This year's team will need to play the game right for us to have success. The goal for us this year, like always, is to win the Sunset League. This can be accomplished this year if my pitchers throw strikes, we play solid defense, and we get key hits with runners in scoring position. This is a team that cannot rely on two or three players to carry us. Everyone needs to contribute."
Season opener: vs. Cypress, 3 p.m., Thursday (Loara Tournament).
Fountain Valley Barons
Head Coach: Deric Yanagisawa (first year)
2012 record: 15-11
League finish: Fifth place
Returning players: John Shattles, OF, Sr.; Jordan Lucio, 1B, Sr.; Monty Plattner, P, Sr.; Nick Yang, P., Sr.; Joseph Secrest, IF, Sr.; Jacob Peralta, OF, Sr.; Daniel Patzlaff, SS, Jr.; Brock Lundquist, OF, Jr.; Justin Brand, 3B, Jr.; Dillon Persinger, Utility, Jr.; Joseph Loranger, P/1B, Jr.
Returning all-league players: Brand, Lundquist, Patzlaff.
The schedule: The Barons, who swept Sonora Saturday in a nonleague doubleheader, will play this week at the Loara Tournament and later at the Anaheim Lions Tournament.
Season opener: swept doubleheader from Sonora (11-10, 4-3) Saturday.
Huntington Beach Oilers
Head Coach: Benji Medure (13th year)
2012 record: 20-9
League finish: Fourth
CIF playoff results: 2-1, reached second-round Division 1.
Returning players: Clint Jack, RF, Jr.; Jesse Kuet, SS, Jr.; Jake Caron, 2B, Sr.; Marcus Mayorga, LF, Jr.; Jake Brodt, 1B/P, Jr.; Andrew Arledge, P, Jr.; Dillon Millar, CF, Jr.; Robert Baker, LHP, Sr.
The schedule: The Oilers opened their season Saturday and took a nonleague doubleheader from Ocean View. This week, they start play at the Newport Elks Tournament and start with games against JSerra, Capistrano Valley and Bishop Amat. They'll also open up against Concord De La Salle at the National Classic over spring break.
Coach's outlook: Anchoring the Huntington lineup are three-year starters Kuet and Caron. Arledge was 3-0 on the mound last year. "I feel like this is the most balanced team that we have had in a long time," Medure said. "We just happened to be very young. We may take our lumps at times because we are learning on the fly, but ability-wise, we match up well with the league. The Sunset League is vicious and our nonleague schedule is just as tough. If you want to be the best, you have to beat the best."
Season opener: def. Ocean View, 5-0 and 15-0, Saturday.
Head Coach: Bob Marshall (third year)
2012 record: 17-11
League finish: Second
CIF playoff results: 1-1, Division 1.
Returning players: Landon Marshall, C, Jr.; Tyler Mildenberg, 3B, Sr.; Jake Arledge, CF, Sr.; Justin Neese, DH/C, Sr.; Grant Mayeaux, SS, Sr.; Austin Sojka, LF, Jr.; Jake Bauers, RF/1B, Sr.; Steven Gingery, LHP, Soph.; Jack Westermeyer, LHP, Sr.; Max Gibbs, LHP, Sr.; Austin Olivas, LHP, Sr.; James Myers, RHP, Jr.; Spencer Fowler, RHP, Sr.; Max Willingham, 2B, Sr.; Casey Hayes, 1B/DH, Sr.; Brett Lynn, 1B, RHP, Sr.; Dee Atwood, RHP, Senior.
Returning all-league players: Marshall, Mildenberg, Arledge, Sojka, Bauers, Westermeyer, Olivas.
The schedule: The Vikings open their season Friday at the Loara Tournament, and play in the Ryan Lemmon Tournament over spring break. "Both tournaments will be a great challenge to our ballclub," Bob Marshall said. "Sunset league is always a dog fight. I said it last year, and I will say it again: any team can beat anyone. I have never seen a Sunset League baseball team go undefeated or have I seen a team go without a victory. Its exciting to watch Sunset League baseball. Each coach in this league prepares his team well and gets the maximum out of them. I always look forward to competing against the coaches in this league. They are some of the finest."
Coach's outlook: "This year's team has a lot of varsity experience and I have 18 seniors that are determined and believe they can compete with anyone," Marshall said. "If we can stay hungry and humble we will be in every ball game. I am proud of these young men and together as a team we will be focused on accomplishing our goals as a team in order for us to succeed as a team."
Season opener: vs. Dana Hills, 3 p.m. Friday (Loara Tournament).
Ocean View Seahawks
League: Golden West
Head Coach: Shane Borowski (eighth year)
2012 record: 14-15
League finish: Tied for second
CIF-SS playoff results: 0-1, reached first round Division 3.
Returning starters: Jared Goodman, 1B/P, Sr.; Luke Fell, 3B/P, Sr.; Zach Honnes, DH, Jr.; Dallas Broge, P/IF, Sr.
Returning all-league players: Fell.
The schedule: A tough nonleague slate includes games against Newport Harbor, San Juan Hills and Beckman at the Foothill Tournament, and contending for the title of the Ryan Lemmon Classic.
Coach's outlook: "This year's team is very inexperienced," Borowski said. "They have a chance to prove themselves and get better every day. I am hoping they love the game enough to passionately work at it each day to improve, because there is always room for that. "