LAGUNA NIGUEL— It was opposing dugouts Tuesday and the opposite end of a 7-4 outcome for rival leagues from Newport Beach competing in the the District 55 Majors Division All-Star Tournament.
But roughly half of both rosters from the Newport Beach American Little League and Newport Beach National Little League, will soon align forces to compete in a tournament in Cooperstown, N.Y.
"Five guys from their [National] team are going, along with seven of our kids," said American Manager Dave Bock, whose team claimed victory Tuesday in an elimination game at Chapparosa Park.
With the win, the American All-Stars advance to another elimination game tonight at 7 against Rancho Niguel.
But regardless of what happens from here on in, the future teammates on the Bat Rays travel ball team will have plenty to talk about regarding Tuesday's showdown.
Newport Beach American took a 3-0 lead in the top of the first inning, when Alex Lee lofted a three-run, opposite-field home run over the fence in right field.