ROUNDUP : Bellovich Is as Good as His Word, Hits Two Homers for Ocean View


Promises, promises.

Although it won’t rank with Mo Vaughn’s vow to hit a home run for an ill Boston child, as he did last week, Ocean View catcher Mike Bellovich delivered on a pledge to a friend Saturday.

“I promised him I’d hit two out,” Bellovich said. “The last time we beat Huntington Beach, I told him that I’d hit one, and I did. This time, I said I’d hit two out.”

With Bellovich hitting the two home runs, and Justin Brunette pitching a one-hitter, the Seahawks defeated the host Oilers, 3-1.


The victory, Ocean View’s third over Huntington Beach, left the teams in a three-way tie with Marina for the final playoff spot in the Sunset League race. Four regular-season games remain.

Bellovich, who has hit three of his six home runs against the Oilers, led off the second inning with one over the left-field fence, then hit his second to left with one out in the sixth to break a 1-1 tie.

The Seahawks (16-6, 5-5) added a run in the seventh when Chris Castellano, who tripled, scored on a wild pitch with two outs.

Bellovich’s performance somewhat overshadowed that of Brunette, who kept the Oilers hitless until Brian Batson hit a homer to left in the fifth.

Though he wasn’t overpowering, Brunette (4-4) kept Huntington Beach hitters off-balance with an assortment of breaking balls and fastballs. He struck out two, walked three and got defensive help from teammates who turned three inning-ending double plays to kill scoring opportunities for the Oilers (12-11, 5-5).

The loss ruined a strong outing by Oiler pitcher Ryan Brannan (5-4), who struck out 10 and gave up four hits. Three of those resulted in Seahawk runs.


“He just made two mistakes,” Huntington Beach Mike Dodd said of the home run pitches.

In another Sunset League baseball game:

Servite 3, Westminster 0--John Morinaga and Eric Ramirez combined for a five-hitter for visiting Servite (7-13, 4-6).

Westminster dropped to 3-7 in league play.

In nonleague volleyball:

Edison 3, Los Angeles Loyola 0--Ryan Allen had 12 kills to lead host Edison (10-5) to a 15-13, 16-14, 15-7 victory.