May 1, 2005
Blake Thomsen tossed a no-hitter while reaching base three times to lead the Padres past the Dodgers, 10-0, in a Newport Beach Little League Majors division baseball game April 20. JD Dawn, Gianni Ferrante, Mason Case, Mike Pawell and Mike Moorhead scored for the Padres, while Ryan Grable was 2 for 2 with a single and a triple. Austin Pollard and Hunter Meece made clutch fielding plays for the Padres. In other Newport Beach Little League play: Mariners 8, A's 6 The Mariners rallied with five runs in the fourth and went on to defeat the A's, 8-6, in a Majors division baseball game.
April 30, 2005
Bryce Alderton The second go-around for Newport Harbor High's softball team against Foothill ended in similar fashion, a loss, but Sailors' Coach Mike Davis could extract more positives he hopes his team can build on heading into the final four games of the season. "There is no shame in losing, 2-0, to Foothill," said Davis, after the Sea View League-leading Knights improved to 19-6, 5-1 in league following a masterful performance in the circle from senior Kelsey Ferguson Friday at Newport.
April 5, 2005
Corona del Mar High senior Aaron Harper flirted with a no-hitter before polishing off a complete-game, one-hit shutout in a 10-0 win over visiting Estancia Monday in Pride of the Coast baseball tournament pool play. Harper, making his first start of the season, had thrown only one inning this spring before stymieing the Eagles. He needed just 65 pitches (47 strikes) to give the Sea Kings their fifth shutout of the season. Harper, whose recovery from major surgery to correct a curved spine in 2001 has inspired all who know him, struck out two, walked one and surrendered the lone hit in the sixth.
June 16, 2004
Rick Devereux The Costa Mesa National Little League Minor B Padres exploded to a 19-1 victory over the Ocean View Astros Tuesday at LeBard Field in the opening game of the District 62 Tournament of Champions. The Padres will play Saturday at 9 a.m. against a team from either Seaview or Robinwood little leagues. "They came out swinging the bats today," Costa Mesa Coach Rob Stillman said. "It was nice to see because you never know who's going to show up when you're fielding 8- and 9-year-olds."
April 23, 2004
Corona del Mar High freshman Holly Van Hiel recorded her first no-hitter, a near-perfect game that came with six strikeouts and no walks to lead the Sea Kings' softball team to a 7-0 Pacific Coast League victory over host Laguna Beach Thursday. Van Hiel, who went 2 for 4 at the plate with a run scored, faced one more than the minimum to help give the Sea Kings (7-6, 1-3 in league) their first PCL win. Laguna Beach (2-8, 0-3) did not hit a ball to the outfield, CdM Coach Nichole Thompson said.
May 12, 2003
Eric Hallett and Brian Ford combined to throw a no-hitter as the Angels defeated the A's, 13-0, in Newport Beach Little League AAA action. Hallett fanned seven in three innings while Ford struck out the side in the fourth inning to end the game. Ford went 2 for 2 with five RBIs and three runs scored for the Angels, who were also powered by Matt Livingston's 2-for-2 outing. Dan Steele, Derek Spreitzer and Parker Ewles all provided timely hits and Billy Macdonald displayed solid base running.
April 28, 2003
Andrew Watt and Kyle Hill combined on a no-hitter for the Dodgers as they beat the Diamondbacks, 1-0, in Newport Beach Little League Majors Division play. Andrew Noto drove in Eric Hansen for the winning run. Tommy Colton, Fletcher Della Grotta and Steven Manning combined for a four-hitter for the Diamondbacks. In other Majors action: Giants 3, Mariners 0 Zak Maurer-Erickson allowed only one hit while pitching 5 1/3 scoreless innings with 11 strikeouts to give the Giants their first victory this season.
March 26, 2003
Bryce Alderton And they played on, with dramatics following. In the Battle of the Bay, Corona del Mar High's girls softball team and host Newport Harbor played a scoreless seven innings and almost didn't go into the eighth. But both teams agreed to play on and Newport sophomore Julianne Bass lined a two-out, 1-0 pitch past CdM's right fielder to plate seniors Bailey Bearden and Athena Vasquez, giving the hosts a 2-1 victory Tuesday. "My team needed me to get a hit and I wasn't afraid," Bass said.