HUNTINGTON BEACH — For more than a decade the Oakland Athletics have been known as a baseball team that has been successful by getting the most out of scrappy, lesser-known players.
No sabermetrics here, but this season in Costa Mesa American Little League Minor B Athletics Manager Mark Ingram perhaps had his own version of "moneyball" that might have made Billy Beane proud.
"We drafted the youngest team," Ingram said. "We had the only two 7-year-olds in the whole league, and four 8-year-olds. Most other teams had maybe one 8-year-old on the whole roster. We basically won with speed and enthusiasm, and I thought that was a really cool thing."
The Minor B Athletics were the only CMALL team to advance past the first round of the District 62 Tournament of Champions. Despite a big effort Tuesday they couldn't get further, suffering a season-ending 16-10 loss to the Ocean View Little League Generals in a quarterfinal game at Wardlow Park.