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LITTLE LEAGUE: PITCHER CARRYING NORTHRIDGE.

Byline: GERRY GITTELSON Staff Writer

GARDEN GROVE -- Remember the name Bretton Bowman.

The Northridge Little League baseball standout is just 12 years old but has the look of a high school athlete, pitching a six-hitter with nine strikeouts in an 8-1 victory over West Covina on Saturday in the third round of the Southern California Divisionals at West Garden Grove Little League.

Bowman also hit his third homer in two games.

The hard-throwing right- hander has proved to be Northridge's ace pitcher, and he has totaled six home runs to help Northridge (11-0) to the tournament championship game at 5:15 p.m. Tuesday at Garden Grove West against an opponent to be determined.

If Northridge loses, the teams play again Wednesday.

Previously undefeated West Covina (10-1) entered with 19 home runs, but Bowman didn't allow a hard-hit ball and gained strength in the late innings, striking out the final two batters to end the game.

``Everything is going pretty good. We're doing some good things,'' Bowman said. ``If this team keeps playing like this, the New York Yankees couldn't beat us.''

In three Southern California Divisional games, Bowman is batting .571 with three home runs and seven RBIs, and he has a 0.00 ERA with 14 strikeouts in seven innings.

Not since 1994, when it appeared in the World Series final, has Northridge qualified for the Western Regionals.

``We're just all working together as a team really well, and it's lots of fun,'' leadoff hitter Payton Milone said.

Canyon Springs 7, Moorpark 2: Ill-timed errors proved costly for Moorpark (8-3), which ended its season after losing twice in three games. Moorpark's Blake Barnes singled and scored on Alex Nelson's sacrifice fly in the first inning a run, and Jesse Peredes walked and scored on Broc Hass' grounder in the sixth.

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Date:Jul 30, 2006
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