The Newport Harbor Baseball Assn. Mustang under-9 All-Stars went into their Sunday afternoon game against Garden Grove with plenty on the line.
In Sunday's sectional final played at Bob Henry Park in Newport Beach, a win would advance them through to the following week's regional tournament. A loss would mean the end of their season. Standing in their way was the Garden Grove squad that had handily beat Newport just three days earlier, 10-4. But this time, NHBA turned the tables for a 11-5 to advance to the regional tournament.
NHBA scored two runs in the top of the first inning on RBI singles by Clay Liolios and Trey Genova.
Garden Grove came right back to post two runs of their own in the bottom half.
In the second inning, an RBI single by Kyle Binford put Newport up, 3-2, but a run in the bottom of the inning by the Garden Grove squad evened the score again at 3-3.