It might be a bit too early to book rooms in Williamsport, Pennsylvania, for the Little League World Series, but the 11- and 12-year-old Westchester Little League team wrapped up the District 37 championship, and if they continue to play well could be on the road to Williamsport.

The local team had a come-from-behind 11-9 victory over Holly Park Saturday, July 10th, at Carl E. Nielsen Field in Westchester.

The team was down 8-4 in the third inning, but mounted a steady comeback that included a three-run, two-out rally in the top of the sixth inning to seal the victory.

Trailing 8-7 in the sixth, Westchester loaded the bases with two outs and was the beneficiary of a walk that tied the score.

With the bases still juiced, Joey Breese singled in two runs to give Westchester a lead it would never relinquish.

Breese ended the day going 2-for-3 with two runs scored. Offensively, he was supported by Philip Noyes, who had a monster day, going 2-for-2 with two walks and three runs scored, and Michael Arias, who went 2-for-4 and scored one of the two runs on Breese’s single in the sixth.

Pitcher Lawrence Bush went the distance on the mound for Westchester and made the final out of the game when he dived and stabbed a sharp ground ball and threw to first to complete the victory.

The win moved the team one step closer to Little League’s crown jewel — the Little League World Series, which will begin its tournament Friday, August 20th.

Between now and then, the boys from Westchester will have a lot of work to do. Their next test will be in the California Sectionals Saturday, July 17th, when they square off against the champions from four other area districts.

Westchester will play at 12:30 p.m. at the North Venice Little League Field on Centinela Avenue at Rose Avenue south of the Santa Monica Airport.

The sectionals are a double-elimination tournament, so the Westchester team will play again Sunday regardless of whether it wins or loses Saturday’s game.

The championship game will be held Wednesday, July 21st, at 5:30 p.m. If the team can make it through the sectionals, it will proceed to the divisional tournament in Long Beach and then to a regional tournament, the winner of which will represent the Western U.S. in the Little League World Series.

Congratulations to the entire team: Breese, Noyes, Arias, Bush, Alex Aleman, Richard Siegel, Rodrigo Martinez, Andy Loef, Brendan McGinnis, Elijah McAdoo, Brett Newsom, Mathew Harvey and Chris Malone as well as manager Mike Arias and coaches Frank Noyes and Jim Bush.

JET TO JETTY — Bright and early Saturday, August 28th, more than 1,000 runners and walkers are expected to descend on Dockweiler Beach in Playa del Rey to take part in the 20th Annual Jet to Jetty race and festivities that benefit the Airport Marina Counseling Service.

The event will include 10k and 5k runs, and a new event, the one-mile Beach Walk for Mental Health. The Beach Walk will encourage participation by families and individuals.

Businesses and community groups are encouraged to form teams to compete in both the 5k and the Beach Walk, and to collect pledges that will benefit the clinic.

Team prizes will be awarded. Free T-shirts will be provided at registration. Expo booths, awards, medals, food, drinks, fun, and prizes will highlight the day’s festivities.

Lance Lipscomb, Jet to Jetty chair, and Airport Marina Counseling Service board of directors chair, said:

“We are pleased to have Robert Lawton, S.J., president of Loyola Marymount University, joining us as grand marshal for Jet to Jetty. I urge the community to support the event.

“Airport Marina Counseling Service, a privately funded, leading mental health care clinic since 1961, will use the proceeds from Jet to Jetty to help maintain the excellent quality of its services to the community. Show your kids how they can help others while enjoying a fun morning at the beach.”

Information or to register, or (310) 670-1410.

BLUFF BILL — Congresswoman Maxine Waters wants the U.S. Secretary of the Interior to study the feasibility of designating the Ballona Bluff as a unit of the National Park System.

In a bill that Waters introduced, she said the bluff forms an integral part of the state-owned Ballona Wetlands system and provides vital and irreplaceable habitat for many species of birds and other wildlife.

She claims the bluff is the sole remaining parcel of an undeveloped upland habitat along the 3.5 miles of the Ballona Escarpment.

In her bill, Waters also says that the bluff is a cultural resource that contains a site determined to be eligible for inclusion in the National Register of Historic Places and was home to an ancient Indian village known as Sa’angna.

Waters says the bluff soil has yielded human remains and artifacts from Native American occupation from 6,000 years ago.

SEWER CONSTRUCTION — The long-awaited construction on the Lower North Outfall Sewer and Zitola Terrace Sewer in Playa del Rey is anticipated to begin this month and will continue through spring 2007, according to Los Angeles City Councilwoman Cindy Miscikowski.

Miscikowski’s staff says the construction impact will be minimal, as most of the construction will take place underground in the sewer line itself, where the existing sewer will be strengthened and reinforced.

Information, project hotline, (310) 822-2010.

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