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Encino Powers its Way to Sub-Divisional Championship

See highlights and interviews of Encino Little League's 16-10 victory over Conejo Valley Thursday night for the north sub-division title.

The 12-and-under Encino All-Stars (12-1) defeated Conejo Valley (8-3) 16-10 to clinch the North Sub-divisional championship Thursday night. It was Encino’s fifth win in six days.

Encino jumped ahead 3-0 in the top of the first behind Jamie Robertson’s two-run homer, but relinquished the lead in the bottom half of the inning when Conejo Valley scored eight runs.

Most teams would crumple down 8-3, but it didn’t faze Encino at all. They answered with two runs in the second and third innings to pull within one run following Robertson’s second home run of the game and Justin Greenwald’s sixth home run of the all-star season.

In the top of the fourth, Encino had the ultimate two-out rally. After the first two hitters made outs, Encino scored eight runs. Mike Cohen had the game-tying hit and Greenwald had the go-ahead knock. He finished with four RBI’s.

Seth Stone added his seventh homer in the past 10 games. Blake Hanson belted a two-run double. Grant Berman, Jack Scher and Elijah West blasted one RBI each. Cameron Bolger, Shawn Goosenberg and Gordon Magruder all scored once.

If Encino wins the Southern California Championship Series, they will advance to the Western Regional in San Bernardino, the final step in qualifying for Williamsport.

In the Western Regional, the Arizona, Hawaii, Nevada, northern California, Southern California and Utah state champions will all vie for the one western bid.     

Encino is one of only three teams in the entire state still alive.

Southern California Championship Series – 2441 E. Cortez St., West Covina

Game 1 - Encino vs Ocean View (7/30 - 3 p.m.)
Game 2 - Encino vs Ocean View (7/31 - 3 p.m.)
Game 3 - If necessary (8/1 - 7 p.m.)

rick rucker July 31, 2011 at 04:03 AM
You can at least watch Ocena View LL on ESPN later in the month....Maybe Jeff"The Genius" Cohen can find another "ACE", Greenwald Who!!!! 1-2-3 you are out!!!!!!!!!!
David Sobieraj July 31, 2011 at 04:23 AM
The score was 12-1. Encino did not have their top two pitchers available. They will start on Sunday and Monday and are both coming off excellent five inning performances.
rick rucker July 31, 2011 at 04:37 AM
Sorry still a mercy, with more to come.....not too many 10 run homeruns in the bag?
rick rucker August 01, 2011 at 12:11 AM
Good try...11-1 Mercy...Jeff "The Genius" Cohen will have to go back to the drawing board. So much for your top two pitchers.. However, you can all watch a real team on ESPN............
Stephanie Seevers Green August 01, 2011 at 01:57 AM
Encino is a class act! OVLL is proud to have played you! Great homer today and WOW what a great catch in right field! Encino never gave up!!!!

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