In eight years with the Newport Harbor Baseball Assn., Manager Denny Pender said he has never seen one of its All-Star teams get past the Pony Bronco Southern California Central Region Tournament.
Pender has an under-12 ballclub at the tournament in Placentia on Thursday.
This time, Pender believes Newport Harbor has what it takes to advance out of the six-day tournament to the super region next week in Whittier.
"We're loaded," Pender said. "If we get a few breaks, we'll be able to make it."
Newport Harbor advanced to the region tournament after beating Hedwig A, 10-2, in a section tournament game in Newport Beach on Sunday. Newport Harbor placed second in the tournament, behind Dana Point, which defeated Newport Harbor, 4-2.