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Laguna Beach Little League All-Stars advance to championship game on Saturday

After a long month of practice and scrimmages, the Laguna Beach Little League 10-year-old All-Stars were on a bit of a run in the district tournament on July 2, defeating last year’s champs Aliso Viejo to move on to the championship game this Saturday, July 6. 

The squad is comprised of 13 players, all of whom played in the AAA division for Laguna Beach this past season, including: Wyatt Bogdan, Darius Morales, Spencer Noonan, Achilles Morales, Jack Hurst, Logan Guererro, Brady Stringham, Will Kimball, Aaron Crosby, Callum Murray, Becket Thomson, Noah Kimball, and Jake Martin. 

Coaches are Jeff Bogdan and Preston Thomson. The Manager is Sean Murray.

Manager Sean Murray says, “We have been practicing daily since June 2nd with many scrimmages against other 10-year-old all-star squads. We play in the district 55 of Little League’s tournament which is being hosted by Northwood Little League and the games are played at Hicks Canyon Park in Irvine.”

Evidently all the work has paid off. 

The tournament started this past Saturday, June 29 with two games. 

Murray says, “We had a bye and played Laguna Niguel Little League on Sunday, June 30, beating them in a 16-1 shortened game because of the Mercy Rule.” 

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Back row (L-R): Brady Stringham, Darius Morales, Jack Hurst, Will Kimball, Wyatt Bogdan, Aaron Crosby, Achilles Morales

Bottom row (L-R): Spencer Noonan, Jake Martin, Logan Guerrero, Becket Thomson, Noah Kimball, Callum Murray

Wyatt Bogdan pitched all three innings of the game on 31 pitches to get the win. There were also multiple big hits by players that led to the win. 

“[Tuesday] night, July 2nd, we faced off with Aliso Viejo, the team that won last year’s 9-year-old tournament over Laguna Beach in the finals. We won [this year’s game] 4-2,” Murray reports. 

Will Kimball got the win going five and a third shutout innings on the mound. Brady Stringham secured the save with two strikeouts to end the game, and Achilles Morales drove in the game-winning run in the bottom of the fourth with a sacrifice fly. 

Key hits from Aaron Crosby, Spencer Noonan, and Logan Guerrero sparked the team on offense. 

The next game is the championship on Saturday, July 6 at 1 p.m. at Hicks.

The team will play the winner of the Aliso Viejo – Northwood/Laguna Niguel matchup taking place on July 5. 

Murray says, “It is a double elimination tournament, so if we win Saturday, we win it all, lose and we go to a rematch on Sunday in a winner-take-all scenario.” 

He emphasizes that he really wants to get the kids the recognition they deserve for the hard work they have all been putting in since January of this year when tryouts started for Little League and rally some support from the town to come see them play Saturday. “There are a ton of ex-players and coaches in town who would love to hear about our success and more than likely make the trek out to Irvine on Saturday to see us play.”

Hicks Canyon Park is located at 3864 Viewpark Ave in Irvine.

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