A no-hit performance by a pair of pitchers and playing on a newly renovated infield highlighted Sportsworld's season-opening victory Tuesday.
Laguna Beach's iconic Riddle Field has never looked better, thanks to transplanted infield grass from Angel Stadium. As impressive as the field, was the Sportsworld pitching duo of Blake Pivaroff and Kent Cebrerros combined to no-hit Morgan Stanley and led Sportsworld to an 8-0 victory in Laguna Beach Little League AAA Division action.
Pivaroff struck out 10 batters in five innings. Morgan Stanley's Nolan Smith managed to get on base with a walk but was caught stealing home, thanks to a fine defensive play by Sportsworld catcher Dillon Gaboury. Cebrerros completed the no-hitter and sent down the three batters he faced in the sixth inning.
In addition to his lights-out pitching performance, Pivaroff led the Sportsworld offensive by going three for three. Christian Holm and Jett Rocha also notched hits for Sportsworld.
Josh McManus pitched two shutout innings with four strikeouts to start the season for Morgan Stanley.
— Taylor Pillsbury, Community Correspondent
The Laguna Beach Girls Division 2 (grades 5-6) team followed up on its undefeated season by winning the National Junior Basketball Championship Series Tournament the weekend of Feb. 26. The girls lost their final game to Newport-Mesa, 38-28, but won the tournament based on tournament tiebreakers. It was a great season for the team. This is the second time in three years this group of girls has won both the NJB regular season title and the Championship Series Tournament.
The girls' Division 2 team is: Rachel Kenney, Madison Sinclair, Nicole Davidson, Isabel Mansour, Kirsten Landsiedel, Lexi McKeown, Sophia Licas, Coach Eric Lucas and Coach John Mansour.
— Eric Lucas, Community Correspondent