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Late heroics lift Huntington Valley to final

July 08, 2010

Huntington Valley used some last-inning heroics to move on to the Majors Division championship series final of the District 62 All-Star Tournament.

Curtis Coburn broke a 1-1 tie with a grand slam in the top of the sixth inning to give Huntington Valley a 5-1 victory over host Fountain Valley in an elimination game at Mile Square Park.

Fountain Valley had grabbed an early 1-0 lead when Drake Sueda took the game's first pitch for a home run. After that, Huntington Valley pitcher Justin Mazzone gave up only two hits to record a complete-game win.

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The win sent once-beaten Huntington Valley into a match-up Wednesday with undefeated Ocean View. A win by Huntington Valley Wednesday would force the teams to play one final game today. An Ocean View win Wednesday would give Ocean View the district title and a berth in next week's Area tournament.

Scores from all of Wednesday's division championship series weren't available at press time.

Ocean View had gained the upper hand in the Majors tournament by defeating Fountain Valley, 16-0, on July 1, in a winner's bracket game to emerge as the only undefeated team in the double-elimination event. Ocean View scored its 16 runs in the first two innings. Logan Pouelsen, Nick Pratto and Hagan Danner each had three hits, Armando Duarte had a home run and other hits were recorded by Chad Minato, Luke Williams and Steven Gingery. Pouelsen pitched through three innings and Pratto closing in the fourth when the game was called. The two combined for eight strikeouts and allowed just one hit without a walk.

Undefeated Huntington Valley faced one-loss Ocean View Wednesday in the 9/10 division championship series at Mile Square Park. Huntington Valley handed Ocean View an 11-7 loss on June 29. Also Wednesday, both the 10/11 and Junior division championship series got underway at Westminster Little League. In the 10/11 series, undefeated Ocean View faced a one-loss Huntington Valley team. Ocean View defeated Huntington Valley, 13-2, on July 1. In Juniors play, undefeated Huntington Valley took on a Westminster team it had defeated, 11-6, on June 30.

2010 District 62 All-Stars Tournament results

(games through Tuesday)

Majors Division

(at Mile Square Park)

Fountain Valley 7, Costa Mesa American 4

Huntington Valley 10, Westminster 5

Ocean View 13, Robinwood 0

Seaview 4, Costa Mesa National 2

Westminster 5, Costa Mesa American 0

(CM American eliminated)

Costa Mesa National 7, Robinwood 4

(Robinwood eliminated)

Fountain Valley 6, Huntington Valley 5

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