Laguna hopes to make noise

Little League

Local teams, which have recently not fared well in District 55 All-Star tournament, hope to change that this year.

June 28, 2012|From Staff Reports

The final stretch of the 2012 Little League Baseball season starts this weekend for four Laguna Beach teams in the District 55 All-Star tournament.

The Majors and 10/11 teams start tourney play Saturday. The 9/10 team plays its first game Sunday and the Junior team is in action Monday. The double-elimination event runs through next week, culminating in championship finals in each division.

There are no tournament games Wednesday because of the Fourth of July holiday.


Majors Division

Opener: 4 p.m. Saturday, vs. Laguna Niguel (Chapparosa Park, Laguna Niguel).

The Majors Division All-Star team began preparing for district play June 16.


Manager Eric Wills said that each of the players on the Laguna team attend Thurston Middle School and that "most" have played in Laguna Beach Little League since age of 6. ."

"We have an outstanding team this year," he said. "All the boys have played together for a long time and they are ready to play."

Wills, who managed Team Hobie in the District 55 Tournament of Champions, said he doesn't know too much about his team's first-round opponent, Laguna Niguel.

"Their TOC team knocked us (Hobie) out of TOC this year and they had some very good players on that team," Will said. "I'm sure we will see some of those players in this tournament. Laguna Niguel has a great baseball program. We are looking forward to the challenge."

The team: Blake Burzell, Justin Holm, James Langton, John Langton, Jack Loechner, Remy Mackel, Dean Nunis, Will Ross, Dylan Smith, Lance Stewart, Zach Washer, Jack Wills, Alternates: Thomas Garcia, Dylan Schreyer, Jack Raffo, Kyle McCombs. Manager: Eric Wills. Coaches: Kirk Langton, Rob Smith.


10/11 All-Stars

Opener: 11 a.m. Saturday, vs. Laguna Niguel (Hicks Canyon Park, Irvine).

Manager Mike Morgan said this group is comprised of players who are hard workers who are "dedicated to playing the best baseball they can."

Morgan said that Grady Morgan (Hobie), or Christian Herry (Sportsworld), will start on the mound Saturday.

"We expect a very hard battle against Laguna Niguel," Mike Morgan said. "They are a tough opponent and field very talented teams every year. As you know, Laguna Beach is a small community, so we really have our work cut out for us. We have some strong players and hope that we can fight hard and stay alive as long a possible. I encourage the community and other Little League families to come out and support us."

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