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Ocean View captures Section 10 crown

Local Little League Majors squad wins twice Tuesday to win championship.

July 22, 2010|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

They did it.

With their backs against the wall and needing to win two games Tuesday to keep their season alive, the Ocean View Little League Majors All-Stars rose to the occasion twice to capture the Section 10 championship.

Ocean View was one loss away from seeing its postseason run halted. Instead, the locals turned the tables on a San Clemente National team that, four days earlier, had handed Ocean View a 9-0 tournament-opening defeat. Tuesday at Tijeras Creek Little League in Rancho Santa Margarita, Ocean View first defeated San Clemente National, 12-2, to force a second, winner-takes-all game, which it held on to win, 10-9, to move on to the Sub-Divisional tournament this weekend.

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Ocean View opens the Sub-Divisional at 4 p.m. Sunday on the same Tijeras Creek field. The All-Stars drew a first-round bye and will meet the winner of Saturday's game between Section 6 and Section 9.

Ocean View is just one of 10 Little League All-Star teams alive in the Southern California region.

"The kids showed what they are made of tonight," Ocean View Manager Tod Minato said. "They stepped up to the challenge and I'm proud of the way they handled the pressure."

Ocean View showed little signs of feeling the pressure in the first game, needing just four innings to produce the mercy-rule win. Logan Pouelsen pitched all four innings and struck out five. He also contributed two hits to an offense that saw Nick Pratto club a three-run home run in the third inning and Chad Minato, Steven Gingery, Armando Duarte and Hunter Jackson each record two hits.

"Sean and I were really pleased with the way the kids came out and played with confidence and motivation," Tod Minato said of he and Coach Sean Pouelsen. "The boys did a great job. But I give that team (San Clemente National) a lot of credit. They came out really fired up in that second game and put us in a hole. They are a very good team."

San Clemente National jumped on Ocean View for three first-inning runs to take the lead in the decisive second game. That lead evaporated in the top half of the second, where Ocean View turned eight singles into seven runs to move in front, 7-3. But San Clemente National wasn't done and scored three runs in the bottom of the second and one in the third, to tie the score at 7.

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