COSTA MESA — Connor Brown sprawled out during team pictures after the game, his right elbow resting on the mound on which had he just turned in a dominating performance.
Soon he had the Mayor's Cup in his hands. He took the trophy into the outfield at Costa Mesa High, planting a couple of kisses on it for effect.
"I just see it on SportsCenter a lot," Brown said, grinning.
Nobody questioned it, and nobody had to ask what Brown could do for the Costa Mesa National Little League All-Stars. The right-handed pitcher came up huge, helping Costa Mesa National defeat Costa Mesa American, 2-0, Tuesday in the third and deciding game of the annual Mayor's Cup.
Costa Mesa National won the Mayor's Cup, which began in 1997, for the fifth straight year. Brown was a big reason why after he threw 5 1/3 shutout innings, allowing just two hits. He struck out eight and walked just one.