Heenan said. "That's what happens when you get pitches up against a
good-hitting ballclub like Garden Grove."
All of Garden Grove's runs came in the third inning courtesy of a grand
slam by Alfie Baca and a two-run shot by Sean Hill.
It was Newport that jumped out to an early lead, thanks to a couple of
defensive miscues by Garden Grove outfielders.
Back-to-back fielding blunders, followed by a safety squeeze by Alec
Martinez and an RBI single by Nick Frazier, gave Newport a 2-0
It became 3-0 in the second when Davis Pemstein singled to left, went to
second on another outfield error, went to third on a wild pitch and
scored on a Blake Fogg RBI single.
But from there, the Newport bats went into hibernation against Garden
Grove's ace pitcher Mike Geiger. Geiger struck out seven over three
innings and allowed only two hits.
After Garden Grove's big third inning, Martinez kept Newport in the game,
throwing 2 1/3 scoreless innings with four strikeouts.
"Alec really threw the ball well for us," Heenan said. "He knows how to
spot his pitches real well."
Newport scored a run in the top of the sixth, but poor baserunning
prevented a larger offensive output.
Kurt Yacko and Dennis Heenan each singled and hot-hitting Billy Munce was
at the plate with nobody out.
Newport tried to pull off a double-steal, but instead had two runners at
second base, one of whom was tagged out.
"Probably one of our biggest weaknesses is a lack of baserunning
insight," Kevin Heenan said.
Following that play, Munce ripped an RBI single to left-center, but the
next two hitters struck out to end the threat.
Pemstein led Newport with two hits and also threw two scoreless innings
to start the game.
Dustin Schuler threw a scoreless seventh inning, striking out the side
and Donny Hunt made several solid defensive plays at second base.
Using the Los Alamitos tournament as a warmup, Newport will get down to
business in the Pony All-Star District playoffs, beginning Friday at 5
p.m. at Westhaven Park in Garden Grove.
"Our season starts Friday," Heenan said.