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Big day for Ocean View Little League

Youth Scene

Marlins and Tigers battle for District 62 TOC Majors title with the Marlins coming out on top.

June 19, 2013|By Mike Sciacca
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First-inning fireworks determined the outcome of the Major division championship game of the 2013 Little League District 62 Tournament of Champions.

The Marlins and Tigers, both from Ocean View Little League, did all of their respective scoring in the opening frame. The Marlins overcame a 2-0 deficit to pull ahead and hold on for a 3-2 victory Saturday to claim the district banner at Murdy Park.

The Major final was one of three division finals played Saturday at OVLL's home field. Teams from Westminster Little League, the Royals and Dodgers, also won district titles.

The Westminster Royals scored two runs in the bottom of the sixth inning to upend the Ocean View IronPigs, 8-7, in the Minor A final. The Westminster Dodgers took the Minor B division by defeating the Seaview Angels, 6-2.

In the Junior division final played Saturday at Huntington Beach High, Huntington Valley took the title by virtue of a 10-0 win over Ocean View.

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Huntington Valley also won the Intermediate division title on June 10 with an 11-1 win against host Westminster.

Major Division

Ocean View Marlins 3, Ocean View Tigers 2

Trailing by two runs after the top of the first inning didn't stop the Marlins who came up with a big first at-bat of their own, and made it stand, in defeating the Tigers.

The Tigers couldn't have asked for a better start to Saturday's final. Cole Minato opened with a single to center field and he was brought home when Ken Takada followed with a towering home run that traveled well beyond the fence in center field.

The Marlins responded when Colton Meyer started the bottom of the second with a lead-off double. Andrew DeCarlo was walked and Meyer went on to score from second when Jason St. Pierre dropped a single into shallow center field.

DeCarlo later scored on a errant pick-off throw to third base. St. Pierre scored when he got out of a rundown between third base and home to give the Marlins a lead they wouldn't relinquish.

Meyer, who threw the first five-plus innings, got the win. He struck out five and allowed six hits and a walk before exiting two batters into the top of the fifth. St. Pierre closed on the mound.

The Tigers put runners at first and second with two out in the top of sixth but a fly out to deep center field by Takada ended the game.

DeCarlo turned in a big game at shortstop for the Marlins. He went deep to his left to made two key stops on grounders headed up the middle to force out two runners at second base in the top of the fourth.

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