Ocean View Little League's magical summer began last year with a District 62 title and ended with a World Series championship in Williamsport, Pa. But there was a changing of the guard Monday night at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley.
Huntington Valley dug its way out of a three-run hole against Ocean View and went on the dethrone the reigning champs, 8-3, to win the District 62 Major Division All-Star Tournament.
Huntington Valley, which went undefeated in the tournament, advances to Section tournament play July 14 at Woodfield Park in Aliso Viejo. It did so despite falling behind by three runs after the first inning, thanks in part to a two-run home run by Andrew O'Brien.
O'Brien also clubbed a big home run in Saturday's extra-inning loss to Huntington Valley.
"What we told our team coming in was that the pressure was off," Huntington Valley Manager Scott Glascoe said. "We got down three (runs) and we told the kids, 'let's just go out there and play the game, one inning at a time.' This is a loose group that is confident, but not over-confident. They just jell together and when we came right back after being down, it really got them going."