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Youth Scene: Rotary gets hot

Rotary came back from spring break on a three-game winning streak in Laguna Beach Little League Intermediate Division play.

That streak includes victories over VFW (5-4), Hobie (12-3) and the Rancho Niguel Angels (5-0), and put Rotary at 8-3. Jack Payne has led the way with outstanding pitching and has hit two home runs in the three games. The Hobie lineup, from top to bottom, has contributed with hits and nice defensive plays in a complete-team effort.

The key play in the 5-0 win over the Rancho Niguel Angels was a bases-loaded double-play executed on a great catch in center field by Carter Johnson. Johnson sent a relay throw to Jett Hamil at second base, and Hamil threw to catcher Brandon Lindsay who tagged a Angels runner attempting to score on a tag-up play from third base.

Chase Hall and Griffin Naess have completed pitching duties in the three wins.

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AAA Division

McKenna Porsche 13, Payoff 3: Ben Dawson pitched four solid innings and gave up two runs, and Redmond Chesley hit a home run off of the scoreboard in right-center field Wednesday at Riddle Field, his first of the year and only the second home run by a division player, as McKenna Porsche came away with the victory.

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Payoff was led on the mound by Hunter Harrington who pitched a solid game, and Max Brown whose hit reached the fence in left-center field.

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UPS Store Yankees 9, Gapp Construction 1: UPS Store was led Tuesday at Riddle Field by Noah Neufeld who doubled twice, drove in three runs and scored twice, and pitched the first four innings and struck out seven.

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UPS was helped on offense by Charlie Tyus who scored twice, Gehrig Mackey with a hit and two RBIs, and Sam Burchi with two RBIs.

Jack Gallo pitched the final two innings and held Gapp scoreless. Matthew Carpino made two outstanding defensive plays, saving UPS from a potential big inning for Gapp.

Gapp was led by Dylan McEachern and Jackson Rowley who each had a hit off of Neufeld. Rowley’s hit brought home Parker Gapp.

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