Thirty years ago, Northwood Little League’s major all-stars went to Williamsport for World Series – Orange County Register
Northwood Little League’s major all-stars celebrate after winning the national championship in 1987. Photo courtesy Northwood Little League
The Northwood Little League team, led by Manager Bob Garcia, comes off the field after one of the team’s victories in Williamsport in 1987. Photo courtesy Northwood Little League.
Ryan O’Toole of Northwood Little League throws a pitch as Chris Greinke backs him up during the Little League World Series in 1987. Photo courtesy Northwood Little League
Northwood’s Aron Garcia fires a pitch during post-season play in 1987. Photo courtesy Northwood Little League
A look at the pin collection that assistant coach Gregg Colbert collected from the Little League tournaments in 1987. Tim Burt photo
Northwood Little League players watch the action from the dugout during a tournament game in 1987. Photo courtesy Northwood Little League
Northwood players from left, Didget Tuttle, Erik Silberman, Erik Sobek and Loc Tran showed their disappointment in 1987 after Northwood lost to Hua Lian of Taiwan, 21-1, in the championship game. File photo David Kawashima
Northwood assistant coach Gregg Colbert with a poster that was shot after the Northwood Little League team won the national championship in 1987. Players were front row (left to right), Chris Curry, Didget Tuttle, Aron Garcia and Steve Habiger; second row, Steve Mendoza, Ryan O’Toole, Ryan Jones, David Lambert, Chris Greinke and Erik Silberman; and top row, Tommy Louie, Geoff Ebdon and Erik Sobek. Not pictured Loc Tran. Tim Burt photo
(First of three parts)
Northwood Little League’s major all-stars caught the attention of local baseball fans when it went all the way to the Little League World Series in Williamsport 30 years ago.
Northwood won the national championship before losing to Hua Lian, 21-1, in the World Series championship game in August of 1987.
In recognition of the achievement of the team, we’re taking a look back, starting with highlights of the team’s tournaments, on the 30th anniversary, of Northwood Little League going to Williamsport.
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Northwood recorded five consecutive victories. In the final, Northwood beat North Mission Viejo, 9-1. Aron Garcia won his third consecutive game and Ryan Jones went 4 for 4.
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Northwood won three consecutive games, including a 5-2 triumph over La Habra in the championship. Garcia picked up two of the victories with two complete games.