Through mid-week, one local Little League All-Star team — Ocean View's Majors All-Stars — was in the hunt for a California Section 10 tournament championship. Four other local teams, Ocean View's 10/11 and 9-10 All-Stars, Huntington Valley's Junior All-Stars and Robinwood's Senior All-Stars, saw their postseason runs come to an end earlier this week.
Ocean View, which went undefeated to win the District 62 championship on July 6, suffered its first postseason loss Tuesday when Rancho Mission Viejo (District 68) scored a 6-5 victory in Section 10 tournament action at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley.
Rancho Mission Viejo staved off elimination with the win and set up a championship game final Wednesday night. The score wasn't available at press time.
Ocean View started the tournament Saturday with a 5-4 win over Aliso Viejo (District 55). On Sunday, Ocean View scored another one-run victory, 2-1 over Rancho Mission Viejo.
Ocean View went 1-2 in the Section 10 tournament and was eliminated Monday following a 9-2 loss to Lake Forest (District 55) at Hare School Park in Garden Grove.
Ocean View lost twice to Lake Forest, which toppled the locals, 10-0, in an opening game Saturday. Ocean View recovered an went on to take a 10-4 game from Anaheim (District 46) in elimination play Sunday.
Ocean View's run in the Section 10 tournament came to an end Tuesday at Lincoln Elementary School in Corona del Mar following a 7-4 loss to Rancho Mission Viejo (District 68), which went undefeated to win the championship.
In a tournament opener Saturday, Ocean View suffered a 10-2 loss to Aliso Viejo (District 55). Ocean View stayed alive in the tourney Sunday by eliminating West Garden Grove (District 46), 7-1. On Monday (), the locals evened things against Aliso Viejo by scoring a 13-5 victory in an elimination game that sent Aliso Viejo home.
"I couldn't ask for a better group of kids," Ocean View Manager Steven Blokdyk said. "These boys truly understand the concept of being a team and had each other's backs the entire tournament. To be one of the two Orange County teams remaining, playing in the championship game of Sectionals, is a real accomplishment. I reminded our team that we are still District 62 champs."
Huntington Valley dropped its first two games in Section 10 tournament action at San Juan Sports Park in San Juan Capistrano. First, Huntington Valley fell, 14-0, Saturday to San Clemente (District 68), then was eliminated Sunday after a 12-2 loss to Aliso Viejo (District 55).
Robinwood reached the championship series but was denied the title by North Anaheim (District 46), which scored a 17-2 win Tuesday to wrap up the Section 10 title at San Juan Sports Park in San Juan Capistrano. North Anaheim advances to the Sub-Division tournament Saturday at Riverside.
Robinwood went 2-2 in the tournament. The locals beat San Juan Capistrano/Ladera Ranch (District 68), 10-4, in an opener Saturday, lost Sunday to North Anaheim (10-0) and eliminated SJC/Ladera Ranch Monday by an 11-7 score.
Earlier, Robinwood won the Little League District 62 title July 11 by defeating Seaview, 15-2. Goodman, a sophomore at Ocean View High, had seven strikeouts and threw a two-hitter.
— Kathryn Lui, Community Correspondent