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.