In the past week, four Laguna Beach Little League teams took the next step in their respective season by starting play in the District 55 All-Star Tournament.
Through Tuesday, three Laguna Beach teams were still alive in the double-elimination event.
The district tournament is on hiatus Friday but resumes with championship and elimination bracket play Saturday.
The All-Star tournament continues Sunday and runs daily through Wednesday.
Below are opening results for the Laguna Beach All-Star teams.
Little League (12-year-old) All-Stars
The Laguna Beach Little League All-Stars opened the district tournament Tuesday against Laguna Niguel, and was handed a 13-1 defeat at Woodfield Park in Aliso Viejo.
The loss put Laguna in an elimination game Thursday against either Laguna Niguel. The score from Thursday's game wasn't available at press time. The winner moves on to face Aliso Viejo at 5 p.m. Saturday.
The 12-Year-Old All-Stars: Lance Detweiler, Ayrton Garcia, Jeremy Hayes, Brooks Hogenauer, Adam Kerfoot, Trey Lockhart, James Loughlin, Nick Lucas, Josh Meiswinkel, Charlie Pillsbury, Enzo Sanchez, Nolan Smith. Alternates: Zack Bonnin, John Phelan, Max Shuster. Manager: Rob Smith. Coaches: Tim Loughlin, Taylor Pillsbury, Neil Detweiler, Ken Hogenauer.
The Laguna Beach 10/11 All-Stars had the task of starting district play against Aliso Viejo, and fell, 6-1, to the defending 9/10 All-Stars division champions at Woodfield Park in Aliso Viejo.
Laguna responded to the loss by crushing Lake Forest, 13-1, in an elimination game Wednesday.
Aliso Viejo scored two runs in its first at-bat but Laguna responded with a run in the second inning to close to within 2-1. That score remained the same until the fourth where Aliso Viejo scored twice more in the top-half of the inning, and added two insurance runs in the sixth, to pull away.
Jamie Mackay threw 4 1/3 innings for Laguna and "did great," Laguna Manager Coby Naess said.
"(He) held their potent offense, kept us in the game and gave us a chance," Naess said.
Paxton Burzell saw relief action and retired the final two batters he faced.
Offensively for Laguna, Connor Fink doubled and drove in Nolan Naess (who walked) who scored from first base, for Beach's lone run.
Laguna threatened in the fifth by putting runners at the corners with one out, but couldn't score.
"Us coaches are very proud of the kids as we battled against a great team (Aliso Viejo) with two very tough pitchers," Coby Naess said. "We had lost to them (4-1) in the championship game of the 9/10 All-Stars division last year, and this game was much of the same. Just could not get our bats going."