The Fountain Valley Twins turned a big fourth inning outburst into a big victory that clinched a postseason championship.
The Twins broke away from a tight game with the Fountain Valley Angels by scoring 12 runs in the fourth inning, taking them from a 2-2 tie score, to a 14-2 victory in game that was halted by the mercy rule at Mile Square Park in Fountain Valley. The victory was the second in the three-game championship series for the Twins who won the Fountain Valley Little League Majors division postseason playoffs tournament.
Both the Twins and Angels advance represent Fountain Valley at the District 62 Tournament of Champions next week.
The Angels took a 2-0 lead, getting their first run on an RBI double by Jon Kerchenfaut in the opening inning, and an RBI single by Julian Berinti in the third. Kerchenfaut finished with two doubles and Mark Madrid singled.
The Twins drew even in the bottom of the third on a two-run hit by Tanner Motske and an RBI single by Luke Logan. They then blew the game open in the fourth. Jake Bitzer had a two-run double, Luke Wells an RBI double and Luke Arnold a two-run double. Luke Bundesen also had a two-run double, Pablo Crespo singled to drive in a run and Jake Bitzer hit a three-run home run into the parking lot beyond the fence in center field, to complete the scoring.
During the inning, Chanson Ching had two hits and Motske singled.
Bitzer threw the first 3 1/3 innings but Bundesen picked up the win by retiring the only two batters he faced.
— Submission by Steve Motske
District 62 Tournament of Champions
The 2012 Little League District 62 Tournament of Champions starts Saturday () with opening-round play in Majors, Minor A, Minor B and Junior divisions. Huntington Valley is hosting the Area 1 bracket and Ocean View the Area 2 bracket, for the Majors, Minor A and Minor B tournaments. The Junior division tournament will be played at Ocean View High. All tournaments are single-elimination.
First-round games also will be played Monday. The tournament continues Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday of next week. The Majors, Minor A and Minor B finals are June 16 at Huntington Valley. The Junior final is June 16 at Ocean View High.
Area 1 (at Huntington Valley LL)
9 a.m.: Westminster 1 vs. Ocean View 2
Noon: Huntington Valley 1 vs. Fountain Valley 2
3 p.m.: Costa Mesa American 1 vs. Robinwood 2
Area 2 (at Ocean View LL)
9 a.m.: Robinwood 1 vs. Huntington Valley 2