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Edison turns on power to beat Fountain Valley
Fountain Valley was out to avenge one of its Sunset League losses and it looked like the Barons were on their way to accomplishing their goal when they took a two-run lead in the top of the second inning.
No. 5 Edison shut down any thoughts of a Fountain Valley upset when it responded with three runs in the bottom of the second, and the Chargers went on to a 5-2 victory on Tuesday at Edison High.
Maddy Hickman and Jessica Plaza erased Fountain Valley's lead with back-to-back home runs to lead off the bottom of the second, and Chiara DeMarco added an RBI double to give the Chargers a lead they would not relinquish.
"We were just looking for a good pitch to hit and it just happened back-to-back," Plaza said. "I think it was just a momentum turner right there."
Edison (20-3, 6-1) remains tied for first place in the Sunset League with No. 4 Los Alamitos (18-6, 6-1), which beat Edison, 2-1, on April 24. The two teams meet again in the regular-season finale on May 10 at Edison.
Brenda Bott staked Fountain Valley to a 2-0 lead with a two-run shot in the top of the second.
Fountain Valley threatened a couple more times, but Sammy Cordova pitched her way out of difficulty for the complete-game victory. Cordova struck out Khailey Campos with runners on second and third to end the third. She struck out Randi Fehser with runners on first and second to end the sixth.
Cordova scattered seven hits, walked two and struck out eight.
Mercedes O'Connor had an RBI single in the fourth and Edison added an unearned run in the fifth to round out the scoring. Freshman Ali Wester went 3 for 4 with a run and two stolen bases for Edison.
Fountain Valley (17-9, 3-4) dropped to fourth place in league, a game behind Marina (17-10, 4-3).
In other Sunset League games:
No. 4 Los Alamitos 12, Huntington Beach 0: Infinity Laufou went 4 for 4 with a grand slam and Alexandria Finie went 2 for 3 with a three-run homer as the Griffins (18-6, 6-1) run-ruled the visiting Oilers (13-11, 2-5).
Marina 8, Newport Harbor 1: Sam Agamaite went 2 for 3 and Tera Blanco pitched a complete game with nine strikeouts as the Vikings (17-10, 4-3) beat the Sailors (11-14, 0-7) to take sole possession of third place.
In the Century League:
No. 3 Esperanza 12, Brea Olinda 2: Stephanie Maciel went 2 for 4 with a double, two runs and three RBIs as the visiting Aztecs (20-6, 9-1) overwhelmed the Ladycats (4-17, 0-9). Brynley Steele went 3 for 5 with two runs and an RBI, and Andrea Martin went 1 for 2 with a run and three RBIs for the Aztecs.
Esperanza moved a half game ahead of Canyon (15-7, 8-1) in the league standings with its seventh consecutive victory. Esperanza plays host to Canyon on Thursday.
No. 8 El Modena 10, El Dorado 5: Lauren MacLeod went 3 for 4 with a double and two runs to lift the visiting Vanguards (18-7, 7-2).
In the Empire League:
No. 1 Pacifica 11, Tustin 1: Nicole DeWitt went 3 for 3 went 3 for 3 with two doubles, a home run and three RBIs, Ruby Rivera went 3 for 3 with a double, a triple, two runs and two RBIs as the visiting Mariners (24-1, 9-0) defeated the Tillers (0-10, 0-9). Freshman Kaley Winegarner pitched a two-hitter with 12 strikeouts.
Aliso Niguel 5, Tesoro 0: Katie Saunders went 3 for 3 with an RBI and she pitched a four-hit shutout, and Mekenzi Golden went 3 for 3 with two runs as the Wolverines (19-6) beat the visiting Titans (9-13).
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