CORONA DEL MAR — Some baseball players struggle when they have two strikes on them and some thrive in that situation. The 11- to 12-year-old Newport Beach Little League All-Stars appear to be the latter.
After losing the first game of the District 55 Tournament and put into a win-or-go-home situation, Newport Beach has won five straight games in six days, the latest being an 8-5 semifinal victory against Aliso Viejo Saturday at Lincoln Elementary. The Newport Beach All-Stars won the second-chance bracket and made it to the finals to face Laguna Hills, again.
“I’m telling them we want revenge,” Newport Beach Manager Duane Hastings said to his players about the tournament’s finals starting Monday at 6 p.m. at Lincoln Elementary. “They came into our house and took it to us in that first game. The crowd’s backing us and we’re a different team now.”