Youth Scene: Bulls bump Red Wings

The Bulls remained in the winner's bracket side of the Ocean View Little League Minor A Division postseason tournament Sunday by defeating the Red Wings, 7-5.

The Red Wings, who had rolled to two previous postseason wins before meeting the Bulls, took the early lead when Aiden Daniels hit a three-run home run in the first inning. The Bulls came back with a five-run second inning to go in front.

Christopher Soto led the way for the Bulls, throwing the last 3 2/3 innings in relief. He struck out 10 for the victory and on offense, Soto hit a two-run single and finished two for three.

Ivan Soto also drove in two runs for the winners.

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In other Minor A Division playoff action:

Bats 10, RiverCats 2: William Brooks and Jake D'Amico each belted two-run homers to highlight a 12-hit attack as the Bats won their elimination bracket game Sunday against the RiverCats.

Nick Shenkman (two for three, two runs), Mason Baumann (two hits), David Drigla (two-run double) and Sam Mejia (three RBIs) had key contributions for the Bats.

Brooks' line drive cleared the left-field fence to cap a five-run second inning, helping the Bats take an 8-0 lead. D'Amico, with Ryan Leicht on base, made it 10-1 in the fourth inning with his second home run of the season.

Nick Chumacero delivered an RBI double and Porter Reynolds had a run-scoring single for the RiverCats, who were playing their third game in four days.

Shenkman started on the mound for the Bats and worked 3 1/3 innings of no-hit ball, receiving strong defensive support from center fielder Lucas Flynn and Brooks at second base.

The Bats improved to 8-12 overall.

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Red Wings 12, Knights 8: On Saturday, the Red Wings faced a rematch with a Knights team they had lost to in league play. Rallying from a 3-2 deficit, the Red Wings scored five times in the fourth and five more in the sixth, then held off a furious Knights rally in the bottom of the sixth for the victory.

Jake Alvarez went three for three and drove in four runs to pace an 11-hit attack. Daniel Kotkosky went three for four and Kotkosky, Angel Zamora and Jaxon Potter each had a pair of RBIs.

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Red Wings 14, Express 4: A five-run first inning was a big key to the Red Wings' victory Friday over the Express, and the Wings kept things going by scoring in five of the six innings. Alec Muirhead went three for four and Daniel Kotkosky and Matt Hernandez each added two hits and scored three times for the winners.

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Minor A Tournament Scoreboard

(games through Sunday)

Iron Pigs 13, Express 5

Bats 10, RiverCats 2

Stormchasers 5, Hot Rods 4

Bulls 7, Red Wings 5

Muckdogs 3, Iron Pigs 2

Stars 10, Rivercats 6

Bulls 10, Hot Rods 5

Red Wings 12, Knights 8

Bulls 13, Bats 5

Red Wings 14, Express 4

Rivercats 9, Stormchasers 6



The Wild Ones, a girls' under-14 division team from AYSO Region 117 (Fountain Valley-Huntington Beach), won its division championship Sunday at the Mike Fults Memorial Beach Bash at the Huntington Beach Sports Complex.

The Wild Ones played teams from South Los Angeles, Castaic, and Huntington Beach (Region 143), to get into the championship game against Region 55. They finished the tournament with a 2-0-2 record.

In the division final, an early goal from Brittany Rochow put the Wild Ones up, 1-0. Solid defense by Olivia Dillon, Anna Brown, Gena Kaiser, Victoria Donovan and Shelby Burris, kept the attacks under control, while Mariah Zermeno, Shayla Kinney, Sarah Pena and Destiny Rivas fought hard to take charge in the midfield. Izzy Valenzuela and Kelsey Crustinger created some great attacks for the Wild Ones, but the defense from Region 55 was always there to challenge.

Region 55 was awarded a penalty kick late in the game, still trailing, 1-0. A diving save by keeper Sarah Baumgartner on the kick preserved the Wild Ones' lead.

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