Laguna wins its own tournament

The Laguna Beach Water Polo Club's girls' 14-and-Under team defended its title at the Laguna Beach Tournament by going undefeated. Laguna won four games at the event March 25.

Laguna started tourney play with an 8-2 win against Corona del Mar, then scored a 14-2 win over San Diego Shores. In the semifinals, Laguna took an impressive 10-2 win over a strong Commerce team to set up a finals showdown with So Cal.

In the division title game, Laguna, coached by Erich Fischer and Scott Baldridge, came away with a 7-4 victory.

"It was nice to see the girls play well and win their own tournament." Fischer said. "However, they are going to have to continue working hard and improving if they want to stay on top of this extremely competitive 14-and-Under division."

The 14U girls are: Bella Baldridge, Aria Fischer, Ally Jochim, Holly Parker, Maia Borisoff, Sophia Lucas, Hayley Evans, Katya Cox-Kruger, Angelique Begay, Gabi Beren and Natalie Selin.


Little League

Rotary 6, Hobie 2: Rotary was held scoreless for three innings but came on strong to earn a Majors Division victory Tuesday over Hobie.

Hobie's Lance Stewart struck out three during the first three innings to keep Rotary in check. Stewart finished with six strikeouts and Hobie reliever Jack Wills struck out two.

Hobie's first run of the game came when Jack Loechner singled in the second and later scored. In the Hobie half of the third, Grady Morgan singled, stole second base and scored on a double by Josh McManus.

Rotary came alive in the fourth inning when Joseph Sweet opened with a single. Bunts by Ethan Kupperman and Grant Potratz loaded the bases and Dylan Smith drew a walk to force home Sweet.

A single by Remy Mackel scored both Kupperman and Potratz and gave Rotary a 3-2 lead. Justin Holm also singled to score both Smith and Mackel. Holm went on to steal home for Rotary's sixth run.

Mackel pitched a strong game for Rotary and recorded 10 strikeouts in five innings. Holm entered the game in the sixth, struck out two and had a put out for the game's final out.

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