Youth Scene: Wolfpack grabs State Cup division title

The Wolfpack Soccer boys' under-15 team from Huntington Beach/Fountain Valley, won the President's Division of State Cup April 27 in San Bernardino.

The tournament started with 64 teams from Southern California. Wolfpack U15, coached by former professional soccer player, Glenn Strachan, played eight games and posted a record of 7-1 The team outscored its eight opponents, 17-5.

The championship earned the team a spot in the President's Cup Western Regionals to be played in June at Morgan Hill, Calif. Wolfpack U15 will represent Cal South and will compete against the State Cup champions from 12 states in the western U.S., from Alaska to Hawaii.

The Wolfpack U15 boys' team is: Miguel Adanza, Dominic Bair, Andrew Brummett, Dallas Burke, Shelton Carr, Thiago Costa, Brandon Gerringer, Ryan Hice, Sam Kemper, Chase Manfre, Collier Maruska, Moises Ruiz, Ryan Sapp, Joe Seward, Brendan Snow and Dustin Underwood.

Team members play soccer at Edison (12), Fountain Valley (two), Huntington Beach (one) and Marina (one).

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Majors Division

Cardinals 7, Angels 5: Jared Reyes and Sean Yackley contributed RBI doubles as part of five-run first inning and the Cardinals turned back a late Angels' rally Saturday to capture their seventh win in their last nine games.

Paul Wagner and Jimmy Campbell chipped in with RBI singles for the Cardinals (8-6).

Jason Gagnon belted a two-run home run to center field in the first inning for the Angels. Matthew Wilson (two for three, RBI), Jag Burden (single, two walks) and Nathan Capelouto (double) helped the Angels' comeback bid. Dominic Ventimiglia cut into the Cardinals' lead with an RBI single in the sixth.

Reyes, the Cardinals' shortstop, had two hits and made a sensational diving catch on a pop fly into shallow center field. Eric Church, Joey Legg, Nick Shenkman and David Drigla each had singles as part of the Cardinals' nine-hit attack.

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Cardinals 14, Giants 0: Jared Reyes and Jimmy Campbell combined on a three-hit shutout as the Cardinals recorded season highs for runs and hits (17) and snapped a two-game losing streak.

Reyes (three for four, three runs), Campbell (three for four, three runs) and Kyle Christy (three for four, two RBIs) had big days at the plate, while Paul Wagner, Angel Zamora and Joey Legg contributed two hits apiece.

Reyes allowed two hits and struck out three batters in four innings and was helped by Cardinals center fielder Nick Shenkman who made a run-saving diving catch to end the second inning.

Anthony Capocciama, Kaleb Plewa and Kai Marden each had a single for the Giants.

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Red Sox 7, Yankees 5: The Red Sox prevailed in a close game against the Yankees.

Jared Manzo of the Red Sox struck out seven in 3 1/2 innings pitched, and the Yankees' Mauro Ballinas struck out four as the teams were scoreless heading into the top of the fourth. Doubles by Jake Vogel, Manzo and Zach Lyons started a Red Sox rally, and both Nate Halloran and Cole Kaplan, during a four-run inning.

The Yankees came back to score twice in the bottom on the fourth to make it 4-2 on runs from Sinjin Choi and Nate Skorheim, but Jayden Klein and Marcus Cianca scored in the top of the fifth to put the Red Sox back up by four runs (6-2). The Yankees rallied for three runs to close within 6-5 as Choi and Ballinas reached base, Naeco Logan hit an RBI double, and Luca Pantel and Nick Skorheim hit RBI singles.

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Yankees 5, Angels 3: A two-run single in the seventh by Miles Elliot broke a tie score put the Yankees in the lead as they went on to defeat the Angles in extra innings.

William Brooks and Druce Faleafine both reached base and went on to score on a hard-hit single by Elliot. The Angels fought back with a double from Dylan Youngsma but a perfect double, 6-4-3 play from Sinjin Choi to Naeco Logan to Nick Skorheim, ended the game.

Choi went four for four and homered in the third.

The Angels received strong pitching from Dylan Youngsma, Mathew Wilson and Jag Burden. Singles by Burden and Michael Rubly brought in three runs for the Halos.

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Dodgers 10, Cardinals 0: Andrew Baldwin, Edward Pelc and Jake D'Amico did the heavy lifting for the Dodgers on the mound and at the plate as they snapped the Cardinals' five-game winning streak. The trio limited the Cardinals to three hits while striking out 13.

Baldwin went two for two with two RBIs and pitched three scoreless innings, striking out six. Pelc drove in three runs on a pair of hits and threw two shutout innings with five strikeouts. D'Amico struck out two batters in his only inning and contributed an RBI double.

The Cardinals' best scoring chance came in the first inning when they loaded the bases on a walk to Joey Legg and consecutive singles by Nick Shenkman and Paul Wagner. With two outs, Kyle Christy nearly cleared the bases with an opposite-field drive, but the ball landed foul by inches. Baldwin got out of the jam and the Dodgers pulled away by scoring four runs in the third.

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Minor A Division

Hot Rods 4, Muckdogs 1: Quentin Custodio hammered a three-run, walk-off home run to lift the Hot Rods past the Muckdogs.

With one out in the decisive sixth inning, AJ Hurtado drew a walk and Gavin Kells followed with a single. Custodio then appeared to hit a bases-clearing double to win the game; however, the umpire called the hit off because the ball was pitched to Custodio before the umpire had established that the ball was live and in play. Whatever disappointment Custodio may have felt, didn't overcome him. Seconds later, he hit his game-ending homer to right-center field on a 3-2 pitch.

Custodio's dramatic home run upstaged excellent pitching performances by both team's pitchers. The Hot Rods' Hurtado pitched 4 1/3 innings and allowed no hits or run, striking out 11. Custodio surrendered only one run in 1 1/3 third innings of relief. The Muckdogs' Chad Lux gave up just one run to the Hot Rods before Custodio knocked his homer off him.

Custodio led the Hot Rods with three hits (double, single, home run). Hurtado, Kells and Myles Lopez each also had one hit for the Hot Rods.

Jaxen Phillips scored the lone run for the Muckdogs and Jimmy Legg got their only hit.

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Hot Rods 11, Nuts 8: The Hot Rods rallied for five runs in the fifth inning to hold off the Nuts.

The Hot Rods looked like they might be headed for a defeat to the winless Nuts (0-6) after the Nuts scored three runs in the bottom of the fourth inning to take a 7-5 lead. The Nuts' lead and the momentum shift in their favor was short-lived, though, as Quentin Custodio and Jack Pirooz both doubled during the Hot Rods' five-run fifth where the first five Hot Rod batters scored.

The Nuts' hitters frustrated Hot Rod pitching through the first four innings, drawing 10 walks to cobble together seven runs. Gavin Kells for the second time in the Hot Rods' last three games was effective in relief to close out a tight game. Kells took over with base load in the fourth and pitched the fifth and sixth innings, giving up only one run with four strikeouts.

AJ Hurtado (home run, double), Custodio (double) and Pirooz (double) had two hits each to lead the Hot Rods' hitting attack. Kells, Ramon Lopez, Carson Webb and Aiden Hall (a double) each had a hit.

Cade Hart had two hits and scored twice to lead the Nuts' offense. Jayleen Duarte, Brennan Sayles, Jake Weiler (single), Dylan Kooken, Andrew Ancona and C.J. Vogl also each scored a run.

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Hot Rods 11, Iron Pigs 5: The Minor A Hot Rods put eight runs on the board in the first two innings and kept the Iron Pigs at bay throughout the game.

The Hot Rods scored three in the first when Jack Pirooz singled in Gavin Kells and Quentin Custodio, and Ramon Lopez later scored on a passed ball. The Hot Rods scored five times in the second on runs by Carson Jones, Wyatt Smith, AJ Hurtado, Kells and Custodio.

Hurtado pitched the first 3 1/3 innings and made sure the Hot Rods' early scoring wasn't squandered. He didn't allow a hit and gave up only one run while striking out nine.

The Iron Pigs had their highlights, too. Jordan Cole socked a solo home run in the fourth inning. Dan Purtell, Matt Fox and Luke Ponchack also scored for the Iron Pigs.

Quentin Custodio led the Hot Rods in runs with three. The Hot Rods collected seven hits, one each by Hurtado, Kells, Custodio, Lopez, Pirooz, Smith and Aiden Hall.

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