opportunistic hitting. The win kept Newport alive as it advanced to the
semifinals of the second-chance bracket in the District 55 Area B
"We got beat pretty bad on Monday (a 10-0 loss to Aliso Viejo A),"
Newport Manager Ken Gerdau said. "We had to bounce back. And, they did.
They were more relaxed. They were ready."
Newport pitcher Tommy Colton led the way with his five innings of
solid work. He retired the side in order in the first, second and fourth
innings. He struck out four and allowed just three hits on 52 pitches.
"We had a tremendous effort from every player, especially Tommy
Colton," Gerdau said. "He's our catcher, but he went to the mound and
gave us five innings. He kept leading (Saddleback) to ground balls."
Peter Fraaza came on in relief in the sixth inning and completed a
scoreless frame that came with a strikeout.
The Newport Beach All-Stars took control by building a 5-0 lead after
2 1/2 innings. Leadoff man John Doering, who made a great sliding catch
in center field in the fourth inning, scored after reaching on a walk. He
advanced to second on a ground out and moved over to third after a wild
pitch. He scored on a throwing error.
In the second inning, Newport posted three more runs, as Cameron
Koziara, Cory Vitalo and Jack Gerdau scored. The trio loaded the bases
after Koziara singled, Vitalo walked and Gerdau singled. Catcher Beau
Attyah collected an RBI from a sacrifice fly, that scored Koziara. Then,
Brian Hurst singled to right, which plated Vitalo. The big hit resulted
in an error and Jack Gerdau took advantage.
Another run for Newport came in the top of the third. Jack Gerdau
pounded out a triple, that scored Koziara, who singled after his hard-hit
ground ball bounced off the first baseman's glove.
Saddleback answered with two runs in the bottom of the third, and the
score stood, 5-2, until the sixth inning when Doering and Hurst scored to
secure the win. Doering singled to left, while Hurst walked. Parker
Stone, who started at first base, sent a shot to the right field corner
for a two-run single.
Newport's effort was reminiscent of its 8-7 victory over North Mission
Viejo in eight innings July 6. Vitalo blooped a single to left field that
provided the winning run, Colton, in the bottom of the eighth inning.
Colton reached on a single to right center. He advanced to second on a
ground out and proceeded to third after a passed ball.
Vitalo, Fraaza and Jack Gerdau combined for crucial pitching.