Youth scene: Bat Rays too hot in tournament

The Newport Beach 12U Bat Rays recently went undefeated in the Triple A USSSA Tournament in San Clemente.

The Bat Rays dominated, outscoring teams, 38-10.

They recorded mercy-rule victories the last three games, including the championship. Three of the four games were complete games by Bat Rays' pitchers. The manager was Robert Della Grotta and assistant coach was Noel Thompson.

Brian Rodrigues delivered outstanding pitching in the first game. Spencer Bazur also pitched well in the second game, as did third-game pitcher Joe Romero. Eric Kreuger brought home he win as the pitcher in the championship.

Leadoff hitter Max Foxcroft, Preston Hartsell, Matt Thompson, Carson Letterman, Ryan Sarvak, Tyler Flood, Blake Richter, Justin Welling and James Williams were among the hitters.

Rodrigues produced a complete-game one-hitter gem in a 4-3 win against So Cal Redwings 4-3 Foxcroft, Hartsell and Williams provided clutch hitting.

Saturday vs Irvine Pythons 14-1 (Mercy after four innings) Bazur threw three innings of no-hit ball and the game was called after four innings in a 14-1 mercy-rule win over the Irvine Pythons.

The Bat Rays also beat the Irvine Pythons by mercy rule, 11-3. Romero pitched a three-hitter.

Kreuger also had a three-hitter in a 9-1 win over the San Clemente Sea Dogs in the championship game.

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Cobras dominate

The Costa Mesa Cobras, an AYSO Region 120 U12 girls' soccer team, will be honored at the Friday city council meeting.

The team has compiled a 47-2-1 record over the past two years. The Cobras have given up less than 15 goals during the 50 matches.

More accomplishments include:

*An overall record of 47 wins, 2 losses, and 1 tie

*Less than 15 goals given up during the above 50 matches

*Back-to-back champions of the Costa Mesa Classic

*Back-to-back champions of the MacMillan Tournament

*Orange County Spring Classic champions

*Champions of Orange County Extra Division, two years running

*Second place in California State tournament

*Champions of the Hawaii Rainbow Classic! Most recently returned from Hawaii where they competed against and beat a number of travel and club teams.

The team includes coaches Ernie and Itzel Acuna, and players Monique Mendoza, Rachel Heil, Samantha Haynes, Charlaine Novoa, Regina Ranieri, Andie Piovesan, Lexis Roti Wilson, Sarah Javier, Kasandra Jimenez, Lanai Acuna, Shaliyah Mumtaz, Bryanna Perez and Pati Rivera.

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Lightning take 2nd

The Newport Lightning 12U boys' basketball team finished second in the recent OC Slam Tournament in Mission Viejo.

The Lightning went 3-1.

The Lightning beat Basketball U., So. Cal Tigers and Fountain Valley Knights handily before losing a tough battle with Team Nikos in the final.

The Lightning were led by the stellar play of 11U players Kyle Giberson, David Atencio. Ben Coffman, Dylan Thoerner, Jake Griffin and Jordan Alvarado. Danny Rogers, Max Nanula, Cameron Schank and CJ Ursetta all played extremely well.

Atencio and Thoerner led the team in scoring, Ursetta and Giberson in rebounding and Rogers, Coffman and Alvarado in steals and assists.

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