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So far, so good for Crescent Bay Advisors

Little League

Local team opens District 55 Tournament of Champions with two victories in AAA division.

June 07, 2012|From Staff Reports
  • Caden Capobianco of Crescent Bay Advisors slides home to score the final run in the eighth inning as Brandon Jones (4) of Rancho Niguel tries to make the tag.
Caden Capobianco of Crescent Bay Advisors slides home… (STEVEN GEORGES,…)

Peaking at the right time. That's what Crescent Bay Advisors did to win the Laguna Beach Little League AAA division postseason tournament.

CBA took the division's top-seed into the Little League District 55 Tournament of Champions, and has won its first two Minor division games. CBA, playing on its own Riddle Field, opened tournament action Saturday and was able to subdue Rancho Niguel, 5-3, in eight innings. CBA returned Monday to face Lake Forest and, despite a frantic final inning, was able to emerge with a 7-4 triumph.

The two wins sent CBA into the division semifinals Thursday, where it faced either Northwood or Laguna Hills. The score from Thursday's semifinal game wasn't available at press time. The winner of Thursday's game advances to the division final at 3 p.m. Saturday at La Paz Sports Park in Laguna Niguel.

In its opener Saturday against Rancho Niguel, CBA used a bunt and delayed steal of home in the eighth inning to pull out a 5-3 win. Caden Capobianco earlier had hit a two-run double to tie the score (3-3). Nicholas Lucas started on the mound for CBA, threw 75 pitches and gave up three runs in just over four innings. Nolan Smith threw three shutout innings to close out the win in an error-free game.

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CBA got an early jump on Lake Forest on Monday by piecing together a few walks and key hits to build a 7-0 lead. Nate Magers threw five shutout innings. Lake Forest rallied for four runs in the sixth before Nolan Naess got the final out on a strikeout to preserve the victory.

CBA Manager Coby Naess said that the entire CBA lineup contributed to the victory.

"This tournament has been a great experience for our boys and it's been fun for us to watch them play at such a high level these past two games," Coby Naess said. "The pitching and defense has been exceptional".

Morgan Stanley, a second Laguna Beach team in the tournament, dropped its opener Saturday, 10-0, to the Aliso Viejo Cardinals at La Paz Sports Park in Laguna Niguel. Aliso Niguel also reached the division semifinals and played Thursday.

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Major Division

Hobie, which won the regular season and postseason titles at Laguna Beach, won its first district tournament game Saturday but was eliminated from title contention after a loss Monday.

Hobie won its opener, 3-1, over the Laguna Hills Crush, then fell, 3-0, to the Laguna Niguel Cardinals. Both games were at Chapparosa Park in Laguna Niguel.

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