Champions of the 2011 Little League District 62 All-Star Tournament have been decided.
In Majors All-Star play, Ocean View capped an undefeated run by knocking off Huntington Valley to capture a championship. In the 9/10 division, Ocean View came up with two wins to defeat Robinwood for the crown. Ocean View also won the 10/11 title, coming back from an early deficit to get past Huntington Valley. One game in the Junior division took two days to decide, but in the end, Huntington Valley capped its undefeated tourney with a one-run win over Ocean View.
Ocean View took an early lead on Huntington Valley and went on to record a 13-3 victory at Mile Square Park as the league repeated as district champion.
"We are all pleased to win the District 62 title this season, but we also realize that this is just the first milestone and by no means our end goal," Ocean View Manager Jeff Pratto said. "We have a lot of work to do and a lot of room for improvement if we hope to get back to San Bernardino again."
Ocean View went through its batting order in the top -half of the first inning to score four runs. They registered four hits and a walk and another batter was hit by pitch. Hagen Danner started the game with a single and later scored on Trevor Windisch's hit up the middle. Jason Mayorga picked up an RBI on a fielder's choice before Steven Kotkosky roped a two-run triple to the corner in left field to build the lead to 4-0.
Ocean View extended the lead to 6-0 in the top of the fourth when Danner delivered a one-out solo home run and Nick Pratto drove in a run on a fielder's choice.
Starting pitcher Braydon Salzman of Ocean View threw the first four innings and limited Huntington Valley to just two hits, a second-inning leadoff single by Luke Young and single in the fourth by Evan Gray. Salzman had five strikeouts and threw only 39 pitches and also had an infield single in the first inning. He was replaced on the mound by Jack Furry, who threw the fifth inning. Ryo Takada pitched the sixth to close out the win.
Huntington Valley scored two of its three runs in the bottom of the fifth. Both Jonathan Miranda and Sammy Blodgett drew walks, Joshua Bush had a two-out RBI double and Jimmy Davis' single scored the second run.
Huntington Valley got its final run in the bottom of the sixth when Gray drew a leadoff walk and later scored on a wild pitch.
Leading, 6-2, through five innings, Ocean View put the game away by scoring seven runs in the top of the sixth. Danner singled and one out later, Nick Pratto homered well past the fence in right field to make it 8-2. Windisch singled and Mayorga doubled before Kotkosky, crushed a three-run home run beyond the left-field fence. Kotkosky drove in five runs for the game. Danner drew a bases loaded walk in his second plate appearance of the inning and Anthony Martinez, who had walked, scored Ocean View's final run on an infield ground out by Salzman.
Ocean View returns to Mile Square Park on Saturday for the California Section 10 Tournament. They open play at 5:30 p.m. against Aliso Viejo (District 55).
Last year, Ocean View advanced to the Western Regionals championship game in San Bernardino.
"They are a solid team and can put the ball in play throughout the lineup," Jeff Pratto said of Aliso Viejo. "We feel our pitching is deep enough to handle them and our hitting timely enough to move us forward to the next game."
The Ocean View Little League All-Stars are: Eric Anderson, Christian Catano, Justin Cianca, Hagen Danner, Jack Furry, Steven Kotkosky, Anthony Martinez, Jason Mayorga, Dylan Palmer, Nick Pratto, Braydon Salzman, Ryo Takada and Trevor Windisch. Jeff Pratto is team manager and coaches are Tony Cianca and Jose Martinez.
Once-beaten Ocean View came up with two wins in two days against undefeated Robinwood in the championship series at Mile Square Park to capture the 9/10 title.
Robinwood had defeated Ocean View, 8-0, in a tournament game June 28.