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Ocean View Rockies edge Huntington Valley for District 62 title

Ocean View wins, 7-6, after overcoming 2-0 deficit and holding off the Sooners.

June 20, 2012|By Mike Sciacca
  • The Ocean View Aeros defeated the Fountain Valley Orioles, 6-5, Saturday to win the Minor B division title at the District 62 Tournament of Champions at Huntington Valley Little League. The Aeros went 18-0 for the season.
The Ocean View Aeros defeated the Fountain Valley Orioles,… (Rebekah Pantel )

In a wild Major Division final that saw featured 13 runs, most of which were unearned, the Ocean View Rockies claimed the District 62 banner after holding on for a 7-6 victory over the Huntington Valley Sooners on Saturday at Huntington Valley's Inspiration Field.

"That was a tough one," Ocean View Manager Tod Minato said after his team came back from a 2-0 deficit, built a 7-2 lead and then fended off a Huntington Valley charge over the final three innings. "Coming to Huntington Valley, then having to play their No. 1-seed, we knew this game would be tough. And it was."

The Rockies, who finished 19-7, scored their final run with two out in the top of the fourth when Ben McConnell ripped a solo home run over the fence in center field, giving his team a 7-2 cushion.

Huntington Valley scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth to get within 7-5. The Sooners scored their final run in the bottom of the sixth when Stan Scarborough picked up his second hit of the game and later scored. The Sooners had the tying run at second base but Ocean View relief pitcher Cole Minato ended the game with a strike out.

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"We called it 'Sooner Magic,' " Huntington Valley Coach Scott Glascoe said of his team's comeback abilities. "We did it Thursday against Robinwood, and we nearly did it again today. This was just our third loss this year."

The Sooners ended their year 22-3.

The Ocean View Rockies are: Matthew Anderegg, Isaac Bryant, Hunter Custodio, Andrew DeCarlo, Noah Hickman, Dawson Marshall, Daniel Mayorga, Ben McConnell, Cole Minato, Daniel Myers, Kouji Oyama and Kyle Stubbs. Manager: Tod Minato. Coaches: Aldrin Custodio, Ezra Kent.

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Minor A Division

Robinwood Titans 3, Ocean View Muckdogs 0: Andrew Baldwin hit a solo home run in the third inning to end a scoreless game and Robinwood went on to get a district banner by shutting out the Muckdogs.

The Titans, who finished the year 15-8-1, were the No. 2 team from Robinwood. The Muckdogs were the No. 1 team from Ocean View.

"I'm extremely proud of the way the kids played," Titans Coach Dale Baldwin said. "This team faced some obstacles early on in the season and had to win 11 straight games to accomplish what they did. These kids had a lot of determination and never gave up."

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