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Huntington Valley, Ocean View on collision course

Two powerhouse Majors Division teams set to face off in District 62 tournament game Thursday.

June 27, 2012|From Staff Reports

A year ago, the Ocean View All-Star team began its summertime journey to ultimate glory in Williamsport, Pa., by winning the local Little League District 62 All-Star Tournament championship. This year's All-Star tournament is in its opening week and several teams in four divisions are still in the hunt for district titles.

The district tournament continues Thursday, resumes at 10 a.m. Saturday and enters championship-round action Monday.

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Majors Division

Huntington Valley 25, Westminster 0: Huntington Valley's explosive offense came up with 25 runs on 29 hits in rolling past Westminster on Tuesday. Derek Cleland went four for four with a two-run home run, Werner Reither hit a grand slam and another home run in going two for two, Jake Adams hit a three-run home run, both Michael Marquez and Ethan Kemp went four for four, and Will Morton went two for two.

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Kemp also threw two scoreless innings and both Nick Morlett and Brian Rodriguez each pitched an inning.

Undefeated teams Huntington Valley and Ocean View, both 2-0 in the tournament, square off at 5 p.m. Thursday in a winners'-bracket game at Mile Square Park. Defending district champion Ocean View was a 7-2 winner Tuesday over Seaview. Eric Krueger hit a two-run home run for Seaview, which suffered its first tourney loss.

Huntington Valley 3, Robinwood 2: Huntington Valley scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning to win Saturday in a game highlighted by strong pitching and defensive performances by both teams.

Huntington Valley scored its first two runs in the bottom of the first when Austin Heberden lined a single and Derek Cleland drew a walk, and both went on to score on a double to right-field by Brian Rodriguez. Huntington Valley scored its final run four innings later when Nick Morlett started the bottom of the fifth with a single and Luke Glascoe followed with a bunt single. One out later, Jake Adams hit a pitch that bounced off home plate and dribbled up the third baseline. Morlett had taken off from third on contact and scored on the play.

Cleland pitched a complete game to earn the win. He gave up two runs and six hits and struck out seven without a walk.

Seaview 13, Costa Mesa National 3: Seaview used three home runs and a one-hit pitching effort to earn a big win over Costa Mesa National on Saturday.

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