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LAGUNA NIGUEL : Pony All-Stars Take 4th in Tournament

The streak is over.

The Laguna Niguel Pony League baseball all-stars were eliminated from post-season play this weekend, taking fourth out of nine teams at the Southern California regional tournament in San Diego.

That finish wasn’t good enough to advance the 14-year-olds to the zone level of competition, but the players and coaches said they weren’t too disappointed.

After all, this was the best showing of any Laguna Niguel Pony Leagueall-star team in 15 years.

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“We’re pretty happy with the success,” said team manager Tom Grzecka, who said the players are already looking forward to their first high school baseball season next spring. “Sure I wish we were still playing, but we had a good run.”

Laguna Niguel came out strong in their first game of the regional tournament Friday night, soundly defeating El Cajon, 11-5, behind five innings of strong pitching by Curt Rodriguez.

The tables were turned Saturday, though, as Laguna Niguel lost, 20-11, to East Hills.

Sunday morning, Laguna Niguel squeaked by Chula Vista, a San Diego team, 5-4.

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The team’s second and final loss came Sunday night against Corona, 11-7.


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