Hunt­ing­ton Beach gets 1st base­ball ti­tle

Oil­ers beat Ne­whall Hart, 3-1, to take the South­ern Sec­tion Di­vi­sion 1 fi­nal.

Los Angeles Times - - HIGH SCHOOLS - By Eric Sond­heimer eric.sond­heimer@la­ Twit­ter: LATSond­heimer

Ranked No. 1 in South­ern Cal­i­for­nia by The Times on Feb. 23 when the prep base­ball sea­son be­gan, Hunt­ing­ton Beach lost five of its first seven games and hardly re­sem­bled a team that was sup­posed to be the best.

More than three months later, the Oil­ers fought their way back to the top be­hind a pitch­ing staff that has thrown 10 shutouts since the end of March.

On Satur­day night in the South­ern Sec­tion Di­vi­sion 1 cham­pi­onship game, Noah Davis struck out 10 and al­lowed four hits to lead the Oil­ers past Ne­whall Hart, 3-1, at San Manuel Sta­dium in San Bernardino.

For a town known as Surf City USA, Hunt­ing­ton Beach gets to cel­e­brate the first base­ball ti­tle un­der Coach Benji Me­dure.

“It’s un­be­liev­ably spe­cial,” Me­dure said. “It’s not an easy thing to do. In 107 years, we haven’t done it. We made his­tory.”

Hunt­ing­ton Beach (26-8) had three dif­fer­ent pitch­ing starters win Di­vi­sion 1 play­off games — Davis, Hagen Dan­ner and Mitchell Ko­vary. And therewas closer Logan Pouelsen avail­able to fin­ish games.

“It’s in­sane the pitch­ers we have on this team,” Davis said. “Ev­ery sin­gle guy on our staff could be the ace on any other team.”

Mo­men­tum in the ti­tle game switched in fa­vor of Davis and the Oil­ers in the sec­ond in­ning. The In­di­ans (2010-1) had fallen be­hind, 2-0, but Robert Reeves led off the sec­ond with a triple. Davis, a UC Santa Bar­bara signee, pro­ceeded to strike out the next three bat­ters and be­gan a streak of re­tir­ing 13 bat­ters in arow.

In the bot­tom of the sixth, Tyler Mur­ray con­trib­uted an RBI sin­gle af­ter Logan Pouelsen had his sec­ond dou­ble of the game for a 3-1lead.

Jack Ral­ston did his best to keep Hart close, strik­ing out five, walk­ing none and al­low­ing six hits.

“Our guy did a great job keep­ing us in the game,” Hart Coach Jim Ozella said.

Draft on Monday

The first day of base­ball’s am­a­teur draft is Monday, and sev­eral play­ers from South­ern Cal­i­for­nia could be se­lected.

Pitcher Kolby Al­lard of San Clemente, catcher Chris Betts of Long Beach Wil­son and pitcher Peter Lam­bert of San Dimas top the prep play­ers in con­tention to be se­lected.

The draft con­tin­ues Tues­day and Wed­nes­day.

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