The 2013 District 62 Little League All-Star Tournament is in the books.
Three local Little League teams, Huntington Valley's Major division All-Stars, Ocean View's 9/10 All-Stars, and Ocean View's 8/9 All-Stars, turned back their respective opponents in two week's time to take district banners at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley.
During the multi-division tournament, which started on June 22, Ocean View won district championships in the 10/11, 8/10, 8/9, and Intermediate divisions. In addition to Huntington Valley owning the Major division title, Fountain Valley won the other division title, the Junior All-Star tournament, on July 1 at Huntington Beach High.
Huntington Valley rules
Huntington Valley put the finishing touches on a dominating run to the division championship on Saturday by shutting down Ocean View, 10-0.
The long ball went a long way for Huntington Valley: Miles Magana hit at three-run home run in the third inning, Nathan Goode followed Magana with a three-run shot in the fourth, and Nick Morlett hit a solo homer in the sixth.
Joshua Hahn pitched a complete game for Huntington Valley. He threw a two-hit shutout with 13 strikeouts including a strikeout stretch of seven in a row.
"It was a total team contribution," Huntington Valley Manager Dave Hahn said. "These kids came together and came through as a team. They were just so enthusiastic and really wanted to win."
Hahn said several members of this year's Huntington Valley Major All-Star team, were on the Huntington Valley 10/11 All-Star team that defeated Ocean View last year to win the 10/11 district title.
"Winning this year, making it back-to-back championships, is something special," said Hahn who also managed the 2012 Huntington Valley 10/11 All-Star team.
In three games, five different Huntington Valley players hit at least one home run led by Jaedon Bartling who hit four. Huntington Valley hit three consecutive home runs in its tournament-opening, 13-0, win on June 24 over Costa Mesa National.
Joshua Hahn pitched two complete games and gave up five hits and two runs, and averaged 12 strikeouts per game.
Huntington Valley outscored its three opponents, 29-2, with two shutouts.
"Pitching, defense and timely hitting are always key in baseball," Dave Hahn said. "Fortunately for us, we had all three working during the tournament. All of our players have been in Little League and travel ball together for several years now and it all came together in our final year in Little League.
"It was a great run. Right now, this team is firing on all cylinders."
Huntington Valley takes its next step in postseason competition on Saturday when it starts play in the four-team, double-elimination Section 10 tournament. Huntington Valley will face the District 68 champion, Viejo of Mission Viejo, at 1 p.m. at Modjeska Park (Loara Little League host) in Anaheim.
Huntington Valley Major All-Stars: Joshua Hahn, Jaedon Bartling, Miles Magana, Nick Morlett, Connor Sandford, Chandler Oveson, Chase Burton, Eric Van Allen, Nathan Goode, Dakota Sumner, Matthew Starr, Brandon Bui, Will Gleason. Manager: Dave Hahn. Coaches: Carl Goode, Chip Burton.
Ocean View claims championship
Ocean View completed an undefeated run through the district tournament on Saturday by edging Huntington Valley, 12-11, to claim the division banner.
In a tight game, Huntington Valley took a 2-0 lead in the opening inning but Ocean View tied the score in the bottom of the first on an RBI double by Micah Blake and an RBI single by Lucas Pantel. In the second, Ocean View scored again on an RBI double by Jake D'Amico that drove home Nick Madole.
A ground out by Matthew Wilson led to two more runs and AJ Valle's single scored D'Amico who had singled.
D'Amico finished the game with three hits and three RBIs. In addition to his double and single, he homered in the third inning.
Saturday's win marked the fourth time in as many games that Ocean View's offense scored in double figures. In four game, it scored 58 runs.
"We have an incredible offense," Ocean View Manager Scott Pantel said. "Every guy contributes in some way and every guy can step up at any point. I think in every [tournament] game, we've had a different guy who was 'the guy,' in that game.
"This team has unbelievable chemistry and it has a sense of destiny. It has incredible determination and feels it can do something special.
Ocean View begins Section 10 tournament play at 1 p.m. Saturday at its own Murdy Park. The All-Stars will host District 55 champion Aliso Viejo at 1 p.m. The double-elimination tournament
Ocean View 9/10 All-Stars: Micah Blake, Jake D'Amico, Cole Kaplan, Tristan Kennedy, Nicholas Madole, Kai Marden, Lucas Pantel, Nick Shenkman, Nathan Skorheim, Nicholas Skorheim, Alexander (AJ) Valle, Parker Walpole, Owen Wessel, Matthew Wilson. Manager: Scott Pantel. Coaches: Keneth Marden, Lance D'Amico.
Ocean View earns title
Ocean View's impressive tournament run ended Saturday with a 10-0 shutout of Robinwood that earned the team a district championship.
Winning pitcher AJ Hurtado starred at the plate and on the mound. He delivered a three-run home run in the first inning and in four innings pitching, he struck out eight and allowed a walk.
Other big hits for Ocean View were provided by Jimmy Legg, Sam Cohn, Chad Lux, Daniel Kotkosky, Jack Rockefeller, Evan Knipe, Kai Mullens, Riley Reece, and Antonio Ventimiglia, who hit his second home run, a two-run homer, of the tournament.
Ocean View scored five runs in the fourth. Reece scored on a fielder's choice to start the scoring, and Legg's single plated Hurtado.
"We won this [tournament] pretty much with stellar pitching and with every kid on this team hitting unbelievably," Ocean View Manager Dana Lux said. "All 13 kids contributed offensively in the tournament. They were phenomenal."
Ocean View rolled to the district title by winning each of its four games by no fewer than a five-run margin. Three of the wins were double-digit victories and came by shutout. It outscored its four opponents, 41-1.
Ocean View takes its next postseason step on Saturday at the Section 10 tournament on its own field. It will host the District 55 champion at 1 p.m. at Murdy Park.
Ocean View 8/9 All-Stars: Sam Cohn, Quentin Custodio, Cade Hart, Matthew Hernandez, Andrew (AJ) Hurtado, Evan Knipe, Daniel Kotkosky, Jimmy Legg, Chad Lux, Kai Mullens, Riley Reece, Jackson Rockefeller, Antonio Ventimiglia. Manager: Dana Lux. Coaches: Jason Cohn, Toby Reece.
Final All-Stars Scoreboard
Costa Mesa National 7, Fountain Valley 5
Ocean View 14, Costa Mesa American 0
Seaview 8, Robinwood 4
Huntington Valley 13, Costa Mesa National 0
Ocean View 13, Seaview 5
Seaview 9, Fountain Valley 0
Robinwood 16, Costa Mesa American 5
Robinwood 15, Costa Mesa National 0
Huntington Valley 6, Ocean View 2
Seaview 4, Robinwood 2
Ocean View 4, Seaview 3
Huntington Valley 10, Ocean View 0
Champion: Huntington Valley
Huntington Valley 9, Robinwood 1
Ocean View 11, Seaview 0
Robinwood 10, Seaview 9
Ocean View 10, Huntington Valley 2
Huntington Valley 11, Robinwood 2
Ocean View 11, Huntington Valley 0
Champion: Ocean View
Ocean View 13, Westminster 2
Costa Mesa National 9, Fountain Valley 1
Seaview 14, Robinwood 5
Huntington Valley 16, Costa Mesa American 6
Westminster 13, Robinwood 3
Fountain Valley 7, Costa Mesa American 0
Ocean View 14, Costa Mesa National 4
Seaview 6, Huntington Valley 1
Costa Mesa National 4, Westminster 3
Huntington Valley 21, Fountain Valley 2
Huntington Valley 9, Costa Mesa National 6
Ocean View 19, Seaview 1
Huntington Valley 12, Seaview 0
Ocean View 12, Huntington Valley 11
Champion: Ocean View
Ocean View 15, Fountain Valley 0
Huntington Valley 7, Costa Mesa National 2
Robinwood 6, Seaview 0
Westminster 8, Costa Mesa American 2
Seaview 11, Fountain Valley 0
Costa Mesa National 4, Costa Mesa American 3
Ocean View 10, Huntington Valley 0
Robinwood 10, Westminster 2
Huntington Valley 10, Seaview 9
Huntington Valley 14, Costa Mesa American 4
Ocean View 6, Robinwood 1
Robinwood 4, Huntington Valley 1
Ocean View 10, Robinwood 0
Champion: Ocean View
Huntington Valley 12, Seaview 2
Fountain Valley 12, Ocean View 2
Ocean View 6, Seaview 3
Huntington Valley 13, Fountain Valley 4
Fountain Valley 11, Ocean View 1
Fountain Valley 10, Huntington Valley 2
Champion: Fountain Valley
Intermediate (50-70) All-Stars
Huntington Valley 5, Westminster 3
Ocean View 14, Huntington Valley 4
Westminster 8, Huntington Valley 7
Westminster 11, Ocean View 4
Ocean View 11, Westminster 7
Champion: Ocean View