Oilers too much for Sailors

High School Baseball

Newport Harbor is shut out by Huntington Beach for second time this week in Sunset League play.

April 10, 2014|By David Carrillo PeƱaloza
(Courtesy of David…)

HUNTINGTON BEACH — Newport Harbor High is on spring break, yet it sure doesn't feel like it for the baseball team.

For the second time in three days, the Sailors played Huntington Beach, the top-ranked team in the CIF Southern Section Division 1 poll. And for the second time, the Oilers shut Newport Harbor out.

The host Oilers won, 4-0, and improved to 7-0 in Sunset League play. They got a head start to their spring break, which is next week.

The spring break for the Sailors ends this week. They caught no breaks, and they sure didn't help themselves at the plate, on the bases, or on the mound.

The timely hits never came for the Sailors with runners in scoring position. A lapse on the bases also affected the Sailors' chances of scoring. With runners on first and second and no outs, a runner was thrown out at third base in the top of the fifth inning.


In the bottom half of the fifth, with runners on the corners, a balk allowed the Oilers to take a 3-0 lead.

"Sometimes you beat yourself," said Newport Harbor Coach Evan Chalmers, whose team quickly finds itself with two straight setbacks, a week after winning its first two leagues games of the season.

The next four games for the Sailors (8-6, 2-5 in league) won't be against anyone from league, and that's a good thing to Chalmers. His team wrapped up the first part of league in fourth place.

"It will be nice to take a breath of fresh air and play four different teams," said Chalmers, referring to the upcoming Beach Pit Classic, a four-day tournament that starts Saturday with Newport Harbor playing host to Irvine at 11 a.m. "[We want to] get some of the players that have been working hard during practice into some of the ballgames, and kind of regroup as a team."

Chalmers plans to take Friday off and spend time with his family. Before he does, he said he would show up to Newport Harbor to unlock the field and let his players work on things like their swings.

The bats never came alive for the Sailors with runners on in five innings against starter Noah Davis and one inning against reliever Hagen Danner. Clay Morris pitched the seventh, but he retired the side in order, making it 15 straight innings in which Huntington Beach has blanked the Sailors.

Two out of the Oilers' three wins against Newport Harbor have gone to Davis (6-0), the ace on the staff. The UC Santa Barbara-bound commit, who allowed eight hits with no walks, got some help early from Jesse Kuet in the form of his glove and bat.

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