The Sunset League baseball champion will be decided on the final day of the regular season Thursday.
The title will belong to either third-ranked Fountain Valley, fourth-ranked Huntington Beach, or will be shared between the Barons and Oilers.
Fountain Valley saw its one-game lead in the Sunset standings disappear at home Tuesday when rival Edison took a 1-0 victory in a well-played, eight-inning contest. That same day at Huntington Beach, the host Oilers scored two runs in the bottom of the seventh innings to pull out a 7-6 victory over Los Alamitos.
With one game left on the schedule, Fountain Valley and Huntington share first place with 12-2 records. Both teams go on the road Thursday, the Barons to Edison and the Oilers to Los Alamitos.
"It comes down to Thursday," Fountain Valley Coach Deric Yanagisawa said. "It shows how tough it is in this league. This is Sunset League baseball. Nothing is ever easy."
Edison denied defending champion Fountain Valley from clinching a tie for the league title with Tuesday's win. The Chargers, who have third place and a CIF Southern Section playoff berth wrapped up, scored the game's lone run on an RBI double up the gap in left-center field by Parker Quenneville with one out in the top of the eight. Junior Noah Kronfly gave up a two-out double to Daniel Patzlaff, Fountain Valley's lead-off hitter whose big offensive outing included three doubles, in the bottom of the eighth, but ended the game on an infield ground out.
Kronfly smattered five hits and struck out one without allowing a walk to improve to 7-1.
"This was a playoff-caliber type of game, opponent and atmosphere, something we needed to go through," Edison Coach Cameron Chinn said. "Offensively, we did not do a good job. If it weren't for Noah Kronfly's leadership and command on the mound, we wouldn't have won this game.
"Our goal right now is to play better, and today was a start."
Quenneville, Adam Moses (double) and Dylan Sneed each had three hits for Edison which improved to 9-5 in league and 18-8 overall.
In addition to Patzlaff's three doubles, Junior Aguilar and Dillon Persinger singled for Fountain Valley which had a six-game win streak snapped and was shut out for just the second time this season.
The Barons got to Kronfly early in the team's first meeting and beat the Chargers, 7-1, April 4.
"Kronfly did a good job today and deserved the win," said Yanagisawa whose Barons fell to 18-7 overall. "He was clutch on his pitches with two outs and worked from behind on a few batters."
Huntington trailed Los Alamitos, 1-0, scored five runs in the bottom of the second to take a 5-1 lead, but gave up five consecutive runs to fall behind, 6-5, only to score the game's final two runs to claim a 7-6 victory, it's 20th win of the season.
Down to their final two outs, the Oilers rallied. Daniel Amaral and Tyler Murray hit consecutive singles. With two out, Clint Jack singled up the middle to drive in the tying run. An intentional walk to Logan Pouelsen loaded the bases and Cooper Moore ended the game when his single up the middle brought in the winning run.
"The place was rocking," Huntington Coach Benji Medure said of the Senior Day game crowd that erupted when the comeback was complete.
Coupled with Fountain Valley's loss to Edison, it put the Oilers into a first-place tie.
Huntington is seeking its first Sunset title since 2004.
Jack went two for three, Jarrett Anton doubled and drove in three runs and Jake Brodt doubled. Pouelsen (2-0)saw relief action in the seventh and got the win.
In the other Sunset League game Tuesday, Marina fell, 4-3, at Newport Harbor. Connor McCollum went two for three with a double and RBI and Landon Marshall had an RBI double for the Vikings who slipped to 2-12 in league and 7-18 overall.