The Seaview Cubs rallied in the bottom of the sixth inning Saturday to defeat the Ocean View Dodgers to capture the 2011 District 62 Tournament of Champions Majors division title. (Courtesy Joanne Clyne / June 22, 2011)

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In a week's time, a field of 56 teams from four divisions playing at three venues, each contending for a coveted district banner, was trimmed down to four tournament winners.

The 2011 Little League District 62 Tournament of Champions came to a close Saturday for Majors, Minor A and Minor B divisions at Marina Park in Huntington Beach and on Monday at Ocean View High for the Junior Division. Emerging as champions were the Seaview Cubs (Majors), Robinwood Warriors (Minor A), Ocean View Rockhounds (Minor B) and Westminster (Juniors).

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Majors Division

"Wow...that was amazing."

Those were the words uttered by Seaview Manager Mike McKenzie just moments after he, his Cubs and coaching staff, had mugged for the camera following another dramatic, come-from-behind victory. This one came Saturday at Robinwood Little League, and it was for all the marbles.

Seaview was on the brink of defeat, this time in the Majors Division title game but staged a two-out rally to score three runs and pull out a 6-5 victory over the Ocean View Dodgers.

McKenzie was caught up in the moment as he celebrated with his players and coaches during the postgame festivities.

"He's been coaching for 10 years, but this is the first time he's taken a team to a Tournament of Champions title game," McKenzie's wife, Diana, said as she watched her husband mix it up with his happy players. "He's had teams in this tournament before, but this is the farthest he's gone. I'm proud of him."

Seaview, which held leads of 1-0 and 2-1, trailed, 5-3, heading into the bottom of the sixth. The Cubs pulled to within 5-4 when John Thomas, who had nine hits in 14 at bats during the tournament, hit a fly ball to shallow right field that scored Brett Bowman. Another fly into shallow right field, this one by Kevin Dorman — who was 10 for 14 in the tournament — brought in Thomas to tie the score.

Christian Bettino, pinch running for Dorman, scored the winning run on an infield throwing error.

Ocean View had taken its first lead in the fifth with its own spirited rally. Brandon Nicholson roped a full-count double into the gap in right-center field that scored two runs to make it a 3-2 game. The Dodgers increased the lead to 4-2 when Nicholson scored on a wild pitch.

The Cubs scored once in the bottom of the fifth to get to within 4-3 when Andy Ross, who McKenzie said had seven hits in "clutch situations" during the tournament, sent a high, one-hop grounder that sailed into left field to score Thomas. The Dodgers again moved ahead by two runs in the top of the sixth when, with two out, Stubbs hit an 0-2 pitch for an RBI single to right field to make it 5-3.

The Cubs earned the district title despite losing two players, Julian Clyne (broken hand) and Tommy Chittick (shoulder), to injury during the tournament and a third player, Dylan Hord, didn't compete in the tournament due to "prior commitments," McKenzie said. Bowman, and Max Betts, who entered in the fifth inning with Seaview down, 3-2, to get the pitching win in relief, filled two vacant roster spots.

McKenzie said Chittick "popped his shoulder" during warm-ups prior to the start of Saturday's final. A fourth Cub, Nick Oakes, suffered a broken nose during a collision in center field during the Fountain Valley game on June 11. Oakes returned to play in Saturday's championship game.

"We persevered over the hurdles we faced," McKenzie said. "We came from behind twice in our last few games. We had been preaching to the kids that the game isn't over until the final out. They did it again."

In addition to knocking off Ocean View No. 1 and Huntington Valley No. 1, the Seaview Cubs scored tournament wins over Fountain Valley No. 2 (8-4) and Ocean View No. 2 (8-5), the latter in the semifinals.

The Seaview Cubs, who had three come-from-behind victories in the tournament, are: John Thomas, Kevin Dorman, Sean McKenzie, Julian Clyne, Andy Ross, Jacob Kress, Nick Oakes, Andy Bennett, Christian Bettino, Cade Pendergraft, Tommy Chittick, Brett Bowman and Max Betts. The coaching staff includes Mike McKenzie (manager), Jeff Kress and Gary Oakes.

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Minor A Division