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Moore League bounced from playoffs

5/18/2012

Friday's first round was cruel to the Moore League baseball teams.

League champion Long Beach Poly, seeded fourth in the CIF-Southern Section Division 1 bracket, was upset at home by Huntington Beach, 2-1, despite left-hander Chris Castellanos' complete-game effort. The Jackrabbits loaded the bases in the last inning but Jeff Turley lined out to left field.

Second-place Lakewood, meanwhile, dropped a 2-0 decision to Marina. And Long Beach Wilson, behind top MLB Draft prospect Chase DeJong, fell at Newbury Park, 3-0.

They say the postseason is an entirely different monster. Poly, Lakewood and Wilson -- which combined for a 72-19 regular-season record -- now know the saying all too well.