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Youth scene: Fleming's to play in Majors final

June 10, 2010

Fleming's brought their heavy lumber to the plate in the fifth to come from behind and secure a 13-8 semifinal win over House of Speed in the Newport Beach Little League Majors Division Tuesday night.

Blake Kormos hit a two-run bomb in the first to get Fleming's started. Fleming's Brett Super and House's Chase Dugan both pitched into the fifth inning with the score knotted at 4.

Will Favreau made several nice defensive plays at short to keep the score close. In the top of the fifth, House hitters found the gaps and put up four runs to go up 8-4.

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Fleming's mounted a comeback in the bottom of the inning. Conor Costello worked a lead-off walk, Ethan Wien singled and Brett Super lifted a bomb over the right fielder to cut the House lead to two. Jonathan White walked, Kormos singled, Jack Genova singled, Alec Takdrove a laser line driveoff the fence, and Noah Katz coaxed another walk. The lineup turned over and Costello singled, Wien doubled and Super singled. When the dust settled nine Fleming's runners had crossed the plate. Sam Kobrine pitched a shutout sixth striking out three House batters from the meat of the order.

Al's wins NHBA Pony League Championship Al's New York Pizza Cafe won the Newport Harbor Baseball Assn. Pony League Championship May 25, with a 15-5 victory over Outback Steakhouse.

Al's earned the right to compete for the title with a win the previous night over undefeated Outback in a thrilling 5-4 contest. On Monday with the game still tied after regulation play, Al's Garrett Hall threw a perfect top of the eighth, striking out two of the three batters he faced to hold Outback.

Al's Mark Grace doubled to lead off the bottom of the extra inning eighth. Two outs later, with Grace still on second base, Trent Dill delivered a clutch walk-off double to score Grace and end Outback's winning streak and force the deciding game. It was Al's fourth extra-inning victory in the tournament. Dill also pitched a seven-inning gem, battling Outback's pitchers Keaton Cablay and Steven Faulconer, allowing only two earned runs while striking out six.

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