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."
Ocean View's lead lasted just four batters into the top of the second. With one out and two on, No. 8 batter Werner Reither drilled a home run to left-center field to tie the score. Two batters later, Huntington Valley took the lead for good when Luke Glascoe hit an opposite field, solo home run that banged off the light standard pole behind the fence in left field.
The three-run shot was the third home run in the past week for Reither, who hit two in a 25-0 victory over Westminster June 26.
Luke Glascoe's homer was the first of his Little League career.
"He was outstanding at the plate during the tournament," Scott Glascoe said of Reither. "And, it was a big thrill tonight for Luke...and me."
Huntington Valley — which scored 39 runs and surrendered eight in four tournament games — stayed undefeated in the tournament by winning a 4-3 thriller in eight innings against Ocean View on Saturday. Huntington Valley scored the winning run in the bottom of the eighth when, with two out, Michael Marquez sent a slow roller down the third-base line and beat out the throw to first base, resulting in Austin Heberden scoring from third on the play.
Ocean View earned a rematch Monday with Huntington Valley after defeating Seaview, 7-3, in an elimination game Saturday.
Several players from both teams have gone up against each other in district All-Star play during the past three years. Scott Glascoe managed the Huntington Valley 9/10 All-Star team that defeated Ocean View to win the district title in 2010. Last year, Ocean View got the best of Huntington Valley to win the 10/11 crown.
Glascoe said that eight members of this year's Huntington Valley Little League All-Star team were All-Star players on the league's 9/10 and 10/11 teams the past two years.
Scott Glascoe said that Huntington Valley will play its Section 10 opener at 4 p.m. July 14 against District 68 at 4 p.m. at Woodfield Park in Aliso Viejo.
The Huntington Valley Little League All-Stars are: Jake Adams, Lane Adams, Derek Cleland, Luke Glascoe, Chase Hanson, Austin Heberden, Ethan Kemp, Michael Marquez, Nick Morlett, Will Morton, Werner Reither, Brian Rodriguez. Manager: Scott Glascoe. Coaches: Jacob "Jake" Adams, Tim Hanson.
Robinwood clinched the district championship Monday by shutting down Ocean View, 2-0. Rocco Peppi and Andrew Sojka each threw three innings and both gave up a hit for Robinwood. Sojka also drove in both runs.
Robinwood went undefeated (4-0) in the tournament and outscored the opposition, 37-3, with three shutouts. Ocean View scored the three runs in a 4-3 loss to Robinwood on June 25.
Robinwood continues postseason play at the Section 10 Tournament.
The Robinwood 9/10 All-Stars are: Andrew Baldwin, Bradley Coots, Ezekiel Franco, Scott Fujita, Brayden Gratzer, Ryan Gregory, Christian Hill, Caden Kendle, Evan Manzo, Rocco Peppi, Andrew Sojka, Shane Stafford, Jacob Vogel. Manger: Spike Sojka. Coaches: Geoff Kendel, Steve Stafford.
Huntington Valley took the district banner Monday by defeating Ocean View, 4-2. Joshua Hahn pitched a complete game for Huntington Valley. Ryan Pauley went the distance Saturday as Huntington Valley handed Ocean View its first loss, 3-1, to stay alive in the tournament and force Monday's game.
Huntington Valley outscored its four tourney opponents, 49-13, with two shutouts. Ocean View had handed Huntington Valley an 8-2 defeat June 27.
Huntington Valley opens Section 10 play against District 46 at 2 p.m. July 14. The tournament is hosted by Loara Little League.
The Huntington Valley 10/11 All-Stars are: Buzz Baillie, Jaedon Bartling, Will Gleason, Nathan Goode, Joshua Hahn, Miles Magana, Ben McGovern, Will Miller, Michael Muranaka, Ryan Pauley, Cade Rosenkranz, Dakota Sumner. Manager: Dave Hahn. Coaches: Carl Goode, Tim Rosenkranz.
Ocean View took the division championship Saturday by holding off Huntington Valley, 7-5.
Ocean View scored six runs in the first inning to take command. AJ Valle had three hits and drove in three runs. He homered in the opening inning and singled in both the third and fifth innings. Matthew Wilson pitched four shutout innings to get the win. He struck out six, walked one and didn't allow a hit.
Ocean View had advanced to the division final by defeating Huntington Valley, 6-4, on June 27.
Ocean View will battle District 68 at 4 p.m. Saturday in a Section 10 opener at Woodfield Park (Field 6) in Aliso Viejo.
The Ocean View 8/9 All-Stars are: Micah Blake, Ryan Carles, Nick Dagarin, Jake D'Amico, Chance Dimarco, Tristan Kennedy, Nicholas Madole, Kai Marden, Lucas Pantel, AJ Valle, Owen Wessel, Thomas Williams, Matthew Wilson. Manager: Scott Pantel. Coaches: Lance D'Amico, Ken Marden.
In the Junior tournament Monday at Ocean View High, Ocean View handed Fountain Valley an 8-3 loss. The teams will play at 5:30 p.m. Thursday for the division title. The winner advances to take on District 46 at 10 a.m. July 14 in the Section 10 tournament at Ocean View High.