The Bronco under-12 all-stars of the Newport Harbor Baseball Assn. had a year to remember this past season.
They reached the Pony Bronco Super Regional Tournament for the first time in at least eight years. That's where their season ended as they were involved in two tight games and lost both this past weekend.
The NHBA Bronco all-stars made quite a run to reach the super regional. With their backs against the wall, they came back twice in an elimination game and beat Placentia A, 9-8, to grab the final spot from the Pony Bronco Southern California Central Region Tournament.
The team also finished second in the section tournament to advance to the central regional. Before the section tournament, the NHBA all-stars won the St. Hedwig Tournament in Los Alamitos and they played fifth in a Memorial Day tournament in Irvine.
In the comeback game against Placentia, Jake Genova was a key player with a three-for-four hitting performance. He also came up big as the pitcher with seven strikeouts. He gave his team the lead with a two-run home run in the top of the seventh inning. He then recorded the final three outs to secure the win.