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Los Alamitos deals Huntington Beach another setback
LOS ALAMITOS - Huntington Beach baseball coach Benji Medure had a question.
“What else is going to happen?” Medure asked after the latest mishap to befall the Oilers.
Huntington Beach was shut out by Scott Andersen and Los Alamitos, 2-0, on Friday in a Sunset League game at Los Alamitos, and had yet another player injured.
No. 1 in many preseason national rankings, Huntington Beach is in third place in the six-team Sunset League. The Oilers will go into next week, the final week of the regular season, without having clinched a playoff berth.
The top three finishers in the Sunset League qualify for the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 playoffs. Huntington Beach is 7-6 in league, two games ahead of fourth-place Newport Harbor.
First-place Marina (10-3 in league) clinched a share of the Sunset championship Friday with a 13-2 win over Newport Harbor. Edison is second at 8-5. Next week, Huntington Beach plays two games against Fountain Valley and Edison plays twice against Newport Harbor.
Huntington Beach (17-10 overall) has had some success, including winning the championship of the prestigious National High School Invitational. There have been plenty of losses, too. Injuries have been a constant for Huntington Beach.
All-Orange County returning pitcher/third baseman Logan Pouelsen, who signed with UCLA, suffered a season-ending elbow injury in the first game of the season. Junior pitcher and UCLA commit Hagen Danner has elbow tendinitis that has forced him miss a couple of scheduled starts. All-County outfielder Dominic Abbadessa has been out for a couple of games because of a sprained foot.
On Friday, Oilers first baseman Cory Moore, chasing a foul pop up, fell over a short fence and struck his head on the ground. After being down for several minutes, Moore was able to walk off the field. He was taken to a hospital for examination.
“I don’t know what we did to make somebody angry,” said Medure of the string of injuries.
Los Alamitos (15-12, 5-8) had been eliminated from playoff contention before the game. The Griffins played like a playoff-bound team Friday.
Andersen, a senior right-hander, improved to 5-3 as he allowed five hits and three walks and struck out five. He has a 1.25 ERA.
Los Alamitos scored in the first inning when Michael Townsend’s single drove in Josh Agnew. The score remained 1-0 until the Griffins added an insurance run in the sixth. Mark Stanford doubled, advanced to third base on Andersen’s sacrifice bunt, and pinch-runner A.J. Mayeda scored on Will Laws’ single.
Andersen was proud of his team’s resiliency.
“This team never gives up,” Andersen said. “We’re just trying to compete and have fun.”
Los Alamitos coach Matt Nuez liked the way his team, especially Andersen, worked hard to get the win.
“Andersen’s a scrapper,” Nuez said. “He’s a pugilist. He has all kinds of moxie.”
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