The Ocean View Little League 9/10 All-Star team has taken its season
to the max.
First came a District 62 championship. Next, a run to the Section
This week, Ocean View is playing in the Southern California
Divisional tournament in San Diego.
The tournament, which draws eight section winners from Santa
Barbara to San Diego, is the pinnacle of the season for the 9/10
Only Majors Division all-star teams can advance to play at the
Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pa.
Here's a look at Ocean View's championship run in Section 5 play:
Ocean View 18, Orange 7
In the Section 5 championship game, Ocean View rolled past Orange
to claim the title.
Zachary Gates pitched five innings to earn the victory, striking
out seven and allowing five hits.
Ocean View gained control of the game in the fourth inning, when
it sent 13 batters to the plate and produced seven runs. The team
nearly matched that output in the fifth frame, sending 12 batters to
the plate and scoring six more runs.
Ocean View closed out the scoring in the top of the sixth by
batting through the order again, scoring five runs.
When it was all over, Ocean View had blistered Orange pitchers for
Casey Hayes had two hits, including a home run that blew the game
open; Jake Arledge had a pair of hits and scored three runs, and
Grant Mayeaux had three hits and scored three times. Wyatt Albert and
Jake Caron each had two hits.
The victory completed a clean sweep in the tournament for Ocean
View after defeating Little League All-Star district championship
teams from Loara, Orange, Cypress and Tijeras Creek.
"What you saw tonight was a team on a mission," Ocean View manager
Gorden Gates said of the victory. "Our coaches, Mike Mayeaux and Zip
Atwood, have done a tremendous job in keeping these kids focused on
the task at hand. Without them, we would not be where we are at
"Little League baseball is all about the kids and as you see them
running around the field with their Section 5 championship banner,
you realize they are 9-, 10-year-olds laughing, jumping, having fun.
That's what Little League baseball is all about.
"As coaches and parents, we have a tendency to take the game a lot
more seriously than it should. You look at them running around the
field, and you realize they are boys, and boys want to have fun. In
the years ahead, they will remember these moments and realize that as
a team, they were part of something very special."
Ocean View's march to the Section 5 title featured every player in
its lineup contributing.
"Every player continues to make a contribution to our success,"
Gates said. "I am fortunate to be a part of this team and excited to
represent our league and the city of Huntington Beach as we head down
to San Diego this weekend to compete in divisional play as one of the
top eight teams in Southern California. Huntington Beach should be
proud of what our kids have done."
Ocean View 10, Tijeras Creek 9
Ocean View fell behind by scores of 2-0 and 5-3, but rallied with
a six-run comeback in the bottom of the fourth inning to top Tijeras
Creek in a semifinal game.
Tyler Mildenberg led Ocean View on the mound and at the plate.
Mildenberg threw four innings, giving up three earned runs on five
hits to earn the victory.
Jacob Caron registered the final out to get the save.
At the plate, Mildenberg hit a grand slam in the bottom of the
fourth to give Ocean View the lead for good.
Jake Arledge and Zachary Gates each had two hits, and Casey Hayes,
Grant Mayeaux, Wyatt Albert, Ben Drolet, Max Gibbs and Dane Perkins
also had hits.