Mayor's Cup: Nothing decided just yet

Youth Scene

Costa Mesa American All-Stars even Mayor's Cup series at one game apiece. Finale Saturday.

July 19, 2013|By Barry Faulkner
(Kevin Chang | Daily…)

COSTA MESA — One manager clung to discretion when asked about his next starting pitcher, but there is no secret who will have recent history on their side when the Costa Mesa Mayor's Cup Little League Baseball tournament is decided Saturday at Costa Mesa High.

The Costa Mesa American Little League Majors Division All-Stars seized an 8-0 lead and held on for an 8-5 victory over Costa Mesa National on Thursday at TeWinkle Intermediate, evening the best-of-three series at one game apiece.

Costa Mesa National, which won the opener, 3-0, behind a complete-game shutout by Rachel Nishitani on Tuesday at Costa Mesa High, has won the last six Mayor's Cup titles.

"Their guys will be motivated to keep the trophy and our kids will be motivated to take it back," said Costa Mesa American Manager Clark Chapman after his team scored six runs on eight hits in the first two innings to gain command on Thursday.


Three of the four first-inning runs scored after two were out. Blake Junker opened the game with a double and scored on the second out of the inning, a run-scoring groundout by Cameron Chapman.

Matthew Swartz, who struck out seven and allowed just two hits in four-plus innings to earn the pitching victory, then doubled and went to third on a single by Matthew Ingram. After John Koskela was hit by a pitch to load the bases, Swartz scored on a wild pitch.

Jonathan Barton followed with an RBI single and another run scored on a throwing error to put the visitors in control.

Costa Mesa American scored single runs in the third and fourth, while Swartz, who struck out the first six batters he faced in relief on Tuesday, continued to master the Costa Mesa National hitters.

Johnny Hopkins broke up Swartz's no-hitter with a single in the third and Trevor Pacheco doubled in the fourth. When Swartz exited after walking the leadoff batter in the fifth, no runner had reached second base against him.

But Jeremy Gardner greeted the first Costa Mesa American reliever with a two-run homer that plated Nishitani, who walked in all three of her plate appearances.

Grant L'Heureux followed with a single and after Jake Alai, Hopkins and Justin Strauss added singles, the hosts had closed to within three.

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