In a July 6 championship series game between the teams, Robinwood rode hits by Rocco Peppi, Andrew Soika and Braden Wylde, to a 3-0 lead in the first inning. That lead grew to 5-0 in the second on back-to-back doubles by Riley Sterzer and Cade Palma and singles by Troy Kent and Peppi.
Ocean View began its comeback in the bottom of the second, using a single by Daniel Williams and a home run by Daniel Mayorga to cut the lead to 5-2. Robinwood got one of those runs back in the top of the fourth to move to a 6-2 advantage.
Ocean View responded with a nine-run, nine-hit at-bat in the bottom of the fourth to take its first lead. Cole Minato and Nick Wiley each had two hits in the inning and hits by Colton Meyer, Hunter Baclig, Cory Nicholson, Mayorga and Ryan Green led to an 11-6 lead. Robinwood scored another run in the fifth only to be followed by a six-run inning by Ocean View to complete a 17-7 game.
In the championship game July 7, Robinwood took a 1-0 lead in the top of the first, but Ocean View scored the final nine runs to win, 9-1.
In the bottom of the first, Minato, Meyer, Ken Takada and Mayorga had hits and a sacrifice fly from Daniel Williams led to three runs that put Ocean View in front for good, 3-1. A bunt single from Hunter Custodio and hits from Minato and Meyer accounted for another run in the second inning that put the lead at 4-1.
The score stayed that way until Ocean View turned six hits into five runs in the bottom of the fifth to push the lead to 9-1.
Ocean View Manager Tod Minato said the pitching of Danny Smith was the "story of the game." Smith allowed only run against a potent Robinwood offense in 5 2/3 innings.
"Going through the losers bracket is always hard, but to have to beat a team twice in a row after losing to them 8-0 a week before is a testament to the character and soul of this team," Tod Minato said. "We were facing elimination and down by two runs with two outs in the last inning against a very good Seaview team and scored nine runs with two outs (a 10-5 elimination-game win by Ocean View on June 30). I'm hoping we are able to carry this identity with us in Sectionals this Saturday."
Ocean View begins Section 10 tournament play at 1 p.m. Saturday against Lake Forest (District 55) at Hare School Park in Garden Grove.
The Ocean View 91/0 All-Stars are: Hunter Baclig, Hunter Custodio, Ryan Green, Daniel Mayorga, Colton Meyer, Cole Minato, Cory Nicholson, Daniel Smith, Jason St. Pierre, Ken Takada, Nicholas Wiley, Daniel Williams and Brandon Windisch. Tod Minato is team manager and coaches are Bjorn Green and Andy Williams.
Ocean View rallied from a five-run deficit against Huntington Valley on July 6 to pull out a 10-7 win at Mile Square Park to finish the tournament undefeated.
Huntington Valley jumped to a 5-0 lead in the top of the first inning, although Ocean View came back by scoring twice on a double by Ben McConnell that drove in Jack Pelc and Landen Hill.
"This was the first time we were behind like that the whole tournament," Ocean View Manager Steven Blokdyk said. "There was no panic and we knew we had to just chip away. The true character of this team really showed."
Blokdyk said that Ocean View pitcher Reid Sebby "shook off the rough first inning" and continued to battle on the mound.
Huntington Valley was up, 5-4, in the top of the third when McConnell, playing at shortstop, dove to catch a line drive and then double-up a Huntington Valley runner at second base. Blokdyk called McConnell's double play the game's "most spectacular play."
The score was tied at 7 through four innings. Huntington Valley did load the bases in the top of the fifth, but Ocean View pitcher Zeke Ziegler struck out the side to get out of the jam. In the bottom of the fifth, James Williams gave Ocean View the lead for good on a solo home run to center field. Two insurance runs crossed the plate before the inning was through to make it a 10-7 game.
"It's games like this that can define a team's All-Star season," Blokdyk said. "These boys never quit and we hope to carry this momentum into Sectionals."
Ocean View advances to the to the Section 10 tournament and will open against Aliso Viejo (District 55) at 1 p.m. Saturday at Lincoln Elementary School in Corona del Mar.