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Newport Beach Little League puts up 30

Intermediate division All-Stars hit eight home runs, winning section opener against Ocean View.

June 29, 2013|By Matt Szabo

NEWPORT BEACH — It is Roy Scheider who utters the line, "You're gonna need a bigger boat," when he sees the size of his shark nemesis in the movie "Jaws."

The Newport Beach Little League Intermediate (50/70) Division All-Stars are currently striking the same kind of fear into their opponents. And to contain Newport Beach, well, you're gonna need a bigger ballpark.

The team, which captured the first District 55 All-Stars title in league history on Tuesday, set out to win its first section tournament game in league history on Saturday morning at Bonita Canyon Sports Park.

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Newport Beach's home park actually has bigger dimensions than the one where the team captured the district title, Las Lomas Park in Irvine. But having the walls further away didn't really matter. Newport Beach certainly did not cool off in the hitting department.

Newport Beach Little League blasted eight home runs in a 30-15, five-inning victory over Ocean View, opening the double-elimination Section 10 tournament on a winning note. Newport will play District 46 representative Central Garden Grove in a winner's bracket game at 10 a.m. Sunday.

"The train is rolling," Newport Beach Intermediate Manager Rick Dill said. "The momentum's going, and the kids are having fun. They're just playing well right now. They're just playing good baseball."

Newport Beach had scored 52 total runs in its three-game charge that ended in the district title. But 30 runs in one game?

"It's kind of like a football score," said Newport Beach's Freddy Bloom, who did plenty to contribute to the large total for the hosts.

Bloom hit three home runs and added a double, tallying nine runs batted in. Harry Dill and Morgan Derifield hit two home runs each, and added four RBIs each as well. They combined to score 11 runs.

And Newport Beach, which used five pitchers, still was able to save its ace pitcher, Bloom, for Sunday's contest.

"I'm feeling pretty good," Bloom said. "I'm pretty confident. It's good to have that good of an offense [as a pitcher]. If you make a mistake, you know that your defense or your offense can come back and help you out."

Harry Dill's three-run home run in the first inning was a no-doubter, as he crushed a fastball 300 feet or more, way past the 240 sign in center field. Grant Joyce added a second-inning home run, a three-run shot and one of three consecutive long balls that gave Newport Beach a 16-4 advantage.

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