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Quite a run for Laguna Beach Little League

Two All-Star teams, 11-year-olds and 9/10 players, reach title games in District 55 tournament.

July 11, 2013|By Mike Sciacca

The 2013 Little League season certainly was one to remember for Laguna Beach.

Following an unparalleled, two division championships performance last month for Laguna Beach at the District 55 Tournament of Champions, two of the league's All-Star teams, the 11-year-old and 9/10 teams, played to the final weekend of the district's All-Star tournament.

Both teams came up just shy of winning district titles with the 9/10 team playing for a division championship on Sunday. The 11-year-old All-Stars lost a semifinal game to eventual division champion Aliso Viejo also on Sunday.

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Laguna's 8/9 Superstars team was eliminated from title contention in its division on July 3.

Aliso View won five of the six district All-Star division titles, winning championships in the 8/9, 9/10, 10/11, 11/12 and Junior divisions. Newport Beach won the Intermediate division championship.

9/10 All-Stars

Laguna's memorable tournament run ended in a championship game appearance Sunday. The All-Stars fell in their attempt to win the crown, 4-1, to Aliso Viejo, at Crown Valley Field in Laguna Niguel.

Manager Coby Naess said Aliso Viejo's pitchers "were excellent, the best pitchers we faced in the tournament."

Jamie Mackay pitched a complete game for Laguna and was backed a solid defense. Naess said Scotty Plowden and Booker Frith "were excellent" at third base and shortstop, respectively.

Aliso Viejo scored three runs in the first two innings, and took a 4-0 advantage into the top of the sixth. In its final at-bat, Laguna staged a rally by using a pair of hits and a walk to load the bases. Frith, on third base, got a big jump on a passed ball, and scored on a close play at the plate.

One batter later, George Williams was hit by a pitch which again loaded the bases with one out. The next two Laguna batters were retired, which ended the threat and game.

"Us coaches could not be any more proud of the kids and what they accomplished during this tournament," Naess said. "We heard this was the first time any All-Star team from Laguna Beach has made it to the championship game, so this was a historic run.

"The kids all worked extremely hard and came together in three short weeks. The team centered on pitching, defense and aggressive base running. They excelled in all three of those. The bats came alive as we kept winning. Hitting is contagious. It was just really cool to be part of a great group of kids and families and do this thing together. Great experience for all."

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