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Youth scene: Championships on the line

Teams from eight Little League chapters in California District 62 competed for division championships at the annual District 62 Tournament of Champions, which ended Saturday with championship-round action.

When the tournament, which began June 7, ended, four teams, two from Ocean View and one each from Huntington Valley and Fountain Valley, ran the table to division championships.

Majors, Minor A and Minor B division championship games were played Saturday at Seaview Little League.

The Junior Division final was hosted by Huntington Valley Little League and played at Huntington Beach High.

District 62 Little League chapters include Costa Mesa American, Costa Mesa National, Fountain Valley, Huntington Valley, Ocean View, Robinwood, Seaview and Westminster.

Majors Division

Ocean View Orioles rule

The Ocean View Orioles defeated league rival, the Ocean View Yankees, 7-1, in the division final to win the district championship.

Micah Blake went three for four and connected on a three-run home run, and Rocco Peppi gave a strong pitching performance and registered a complete-game victory for the Orioles who led the entire way.

The Orioles jumped out to an early lead on the Yankees by scoring seven runs in the first three innings. A groundout by Vincent Caiazzo and an RBI double by Jaron Wallace in the first inning, and Blake's three-run home run and a wild pitch that led to a score in the second inning, supplied the early offense for the Orioles.

Blake drove in four runs in the game.

Peppi handled the Yankees, racking up seven strikeouts. He allowed one earned run on five hits and one walk over six innings.

The Orioles accumulated 13 hits in the game from 10 different players.

"All 12 players contributed all season long and I wish it didn't have to end," Orioles Coach Marcus Carles said.

Ocean View's run to the Majors title included wins against Costa Mesa American No. 2 (12-0), Seaview No. 2 (6-3), Robinwood No. 1 (7-2) and the Ocean View Yankees.

The Orioles roster: Micah Blake, Vincent Caiazzo, Ryan Carles, Matthew De Heras, Andrew Hovis, Christian Jones, Tyler Laforce, Aaron Marchbanks, Rocco Peppi, Bruno Stenzel, Jaron Wallace, Parker Walpole. Manager: Marcus Carles.

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Minor A Division

Ocean View Hot Rods take down rival

In their sixth face-off of the season, the Ocean View Hot Rods defeated the Ocean View Iron Pigs, 5-1, in the division final.

The game was a rematch of the OVLL championship game where the Iron Pigs knocked off the Hot Rods. The Iron Pigs, who had won three of the five games against the Hot Rods on the season, looked like they might be on the way to another win when they struck first in the top of the first inning. Lead-off hitter Daniel Purtell battled Hot Rod ace AJ Hurtado and drew a walk. Although Hurtado struck out three of the next four Iron Pigs he faced in the inning, Purtell managed to score on a wild pitch after being advanced on a hit by Jordan Cole.

The Hot Rods, though, struck back with thunder in the bottom of the first when Hurtado and Ramon Lopez both blasted solo home runs. Hurtado's shot was his third in the tournament, and one of his homers left the park and landed in a neighboring home's backyard.

Hanging on to a 2-1 lead, the Hot Rods picked up some insurance runs in the fourth on scores by Hurtado, Quentin Custodio and Myles Lopez, with Lopez scoring on a steal of home.

Hurtado turned in another dominant pitching performance, striking out 14 in five innings and allowing just two hits. Ramon Lopez relieved Hurtado and closed out the sixth inning with three strike outs and no runs.

Jadon Tripp and Cole collected the Iron Pigs' only two hits of the game. The Hot Rods had six hits. Besides Hurtado's and Ramon Lopez's homers, Carson Jones singled twice and Custodio and Wyatt Smith both singled once.

The Ocean View Hot Rods defeated four league champions to earn the district title: knocking off Fountain Valley No. 1 (14-1), Huntington Valley No. 1 (6-0), Seaview's No. 1 (6-5) on a walk-off walk by Lopez in the seventh inning, and the Ocean View Iron Pigs.

The Iron Pigs reached the division final by edging Seaview No. 2 (2-1), blasting Cost Mesa National No. 1 (11-3), and shutting out Cost Mesa American No. 2 (5-0).

The Ocean View Hot Rods roster: Aiden Hall, AJ Hurtado, Carson Jones, Ramon Lopez, Jack Pirooz, Van Harmon, Gavin Kells, Carson Webb, Quentin Custodio, Wyatt Smith, Myles Lopez. Manager: Andy Hurtado.

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Minor B Division

Huntington Valley Bruins take prize

The championship game was an all-Huntington Valley affair and it was the Bruins who took the title by edging the Dirtbags, 11-10, in a game decided in the bottom of the sixth inning.

The exciting finale featured a three-run home run by Noah Stockman of the Bruins and two-run homer by Danny Reiner of the Dirtbags.

The Bruins took a 10-5 lead into the top of the sixth where the Dirtbags tied the score. The Bruins responded by loading the bases in the bottom-half of the inning and eventually brought in the winning run.

The Bruins offense was powered by Tanner Bellerose, Tony Martinez and Steven Bravata.

Will Bennett started on the mound for the Dirtbags and pitched four innings, while Stockman threw 2 1/2 innings and gave up a run. For the Bruins, Martinez and Bellerose provided middle relief and Bravata came in during the top of the 6th to get the Bruins out of a jam.

Gavin Pacheco started a spirited rally in the top of the sixth by the Dirtbags with a lead-off single to center field. Brady Palmerin then delivered an RBI double, his second hit of the game. Reiner followed with a two-run homer that brought the Dirtbags to within 10-8. Hit bys Andrew McKabney and Jason Joo followed with Joo's scoring McKabney for his second RBI of the game. The next batter, Maverick Mehaffey, laid down a perfectly-executed bunt single which plated Joo with the tying run.

The Bruins and Dirtbags also had faced each other in the HVLL championship series prior to the Tournament of Champions. The Bruins dropped the first game but won two straight from the Dirtbags to win the series.

The Huntington Valley Bruins marched to the district title by scoring wins against Westminster No. 2 (11-1), Seaview No. 1 (7-5), Robinwood No. 2 (13-6), and the Huntington Valley Dirtbags.

The Bruins roster: Cade Eidam, Noah Speirs, Steven Bravata, Tanner Bellerose, Noah Stockman, Tony Martinez, Ethan Laghaei, Slater Woodard, Christopher Gates, Mark Gibson, Mason Speirs. Manager: Ken Stockman. Coaches: James Eidam, Mike Speirs.

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Junior Division

Fountain Valley hangs banner

Fountain Valley (12-3-1) took the district banner by blanking Westminster (11-4-1), 6-0, in a division final that pitted teams with the best records in the league.

The game was scoreless heading into the top of the third inning. With two out for Fountain Valley, Tanner Motske doubled home Kyle Adams who had reached back on a fielder's choice.

Adams singled in the fifth and scored another run. Tyler Lu scored two runs, catcher Jake Bitzer, who had singled in the third, finished with two hits, and Matt Mayfield singled and was driven in by Antoine Jackson.

Lu pitched six, strong shut out innings and allowed only one hit while striking out four. Julian Berinti closed the game and allowed one hit.

Saturday's win marked the second shutout in as many tournament games for Fountain Valley which opened play with a 7-0 win June 7 over Huntington Valley No. 2.

The Fountain Valley roster: Jake Bitzer, Kyle Adams, Tanner Motske, Luke Wells, Robert Ellard, Caleb Holbrook, Tyler Lu, John Kerchenfaut, Antoine Jackson, Braden Smith, Matt Mayfield, Mark Madrid, Julian Berinti. Manager: Jeff Motske. Coaches: Steve Motske, Phil Smith.

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District 62 All-Star Tournament

The 2014 District 62 All-Star Tournament starts Saturday at two different sites.

The Majors, 10-11 and 9-10 year-old All-Stars divisions, and the 8-9 Super Stars division, will be played at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. The Junior division All-Stars will play at Huntington Beach High.

The tournament is double-elimination and runs through July 7.

Saturday's schedule

Majors All-Stars Division

(Mile Square Park, Field 15)

9 a.m.: Seaview vs. Costa Mesa American

Noon: Fountain Valley vs. Huntington Valley

3 p.m.: Ocean View vs. Westminster

6 p.m.: Costa Mesa National vs. Robinwood

10-11 All-Stars Division

(Mile Square Park, Field 12)

9 a.m.: Seaview vs. Ocean View

Noon: Robinwood vs. Costa Mesa National

9-10 All-Stars Division

(Mile Square Park, Field 14)

9 a.m.: Ocean View vs. Westminster

Noon: Fountain Valley vs. Costa Mesa American

3 p.m.: Robinwood vs. Costa Mesa National

6 p.m.: Huntington Valley vs. Seaview

Junior Division

(at Huntington Beach High)

9 a.m.: Fountain Valley vs. Huntington Valley

— From staff reports

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