The Marina High baseball team's two wins against Fountain Valley last week proved to be big for momentum in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 playoffs.
The Vikings took the series against the Sunset League champion Barons, 2-1, and earned a home game when pairings were released Monday.
Marina (18-8), the Sunset League's second-place team, will play host to Norco (20-4, Big VIII League second-place team) Thursday at 3:15 p.m.
Fountain Valley (23-4) will open the playoffs at home in Thursday's first round. The Barons await Tuesday's wild-card winner between Mission Hills Alemany (18-10, Mission League at-large) at Moreno Valley Canyon Springs (17-9-1, Inland Valley League No. 3).
Huntington Beach (13-13) made the playoffs as the Sunset League's at-large team. The Oilers play at Riverside Martin Luther King (12-12, Big VIII No. 3) in a wild-card game Tuesday.
The winner will play at top-seeded Mater Dei (24-2), the Trinity League champion.
— Steve Virgen