While most local schools are on a break from league play during spring break, Ocean View High continued its journey though its Golden West League season Tuesday.
The Seahawks had the chance to move back into a tie for first place when it met league-leader Loara, but couldn't take advantage of the opportunity and dropped a 6-0 game to the host Saxons.
Ocean View got off to a promising start. Braydon Salzman started the game with a double and moved over to third on a single by Brian Schlosser. The pair, however, was left stranded.
"We let the game slip away from us," Ocean View Coach Shane Borowski said. "We had our chances early on in the game and it would have been a whole different feel to the game, had we been able to bring in some runs. After that, their pitcher [Tyler Johnson] got in a rhythm and we couldn't do anything against him.
"I feel as though we are kind of jinxed against Loara. They have beaten us five games in a row."
Salzman had two hits to pace the Ocean View offense. In addition to Scholosser, James Wilson singled for the Seahawks.
In a complete-game effort, Johnson (2-0) allowed Ocean View four hits and a walk, and struck out eight.
The loss left the Seahawks at 3-3 in league, while Loara (11-7 overall) improved to 5-1.
Ocean View (10-7 overall) had fallen from a share of the GWL lead Friday following a 4-3 home loss to Orange. The Seahawks clawed their way back from a 4-0 deficit, only to fall short in seeing their three-game league win streak come to an end.
The Seahawks scored their initial run in the bottom of the third inning when Mike Giacone drew a one-out walk and Salzman then delivered an RBI single straight up the middle to score pinch runner Matt Myer. In the Ocean View half of the fourth, Steven Cotton singled to left and with two out, Jett Volo drove an RBI double to the fence in left field to make it 4-2. The double was the first of a pair of sharp, two-baggers by Volo, a left-handed hitter who started the bottom of the seventh by lining a double to the right-field corner. He moved to third on a groundout by Giacone, and scored when Salzman grounded out up the middle to pull the Seahawks within 4-3.
Ocean View had entered the Orange game tied with Loara for first place.
"We made some young mistakes which cost us, but I'm proud of the way our guys battled back," Borowski said. "We didn't play our best, and yet it was a one-run game."
Ocean View closed out its league series with Loara Wednesday. The score wasn't available at press time.
•Three Sunset League teams, Huntington Beach, Fountain Valley and Marina, are vying for tournament titles during spring break.
Huntington, the top-ranked team in CIF Southern Section Division 1, began its quest for the Hard 9 National Classic championship Monday by defeating Elsinore, 6-1, at Esperanza High. Hagen Danner and Daniel Amaral both went two for three and scored twice, and Logan Pouelsen had an RBI single, as the Oilers won their ninth consecutive game in improving to 12-2.
Ryan Abady threw five scoreless innings, scattering three hits in running his record to 2-1."
"Ryan Abady was very good [Monday] and our defense played well behind him," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said. "Turning three double plays helps. We stunk at the plate, though.
"If we plan on sticking around at the end of this thing, we better learn how to make adjustments quicker."