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City manager interviews

The Hermosa Beach City Council will not hold its regularly scheduled council meeting next Tuesday. However, the council will be interviewing candidates for City Manager Wednesday evening at Council Chambers. Although the interviews will take place in closed session, members of the public may offer comment before the session begins. The meeting begins at 6 p.m.

Summer concert

The second of August’s Summer Concert Series at the Hermosa Pier kicks off Sunday with reggae-rocker Sashamon and guests the B-side Players. The concert will begin about 5 p.m.

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World Series bound

Members of the Manhattan Little League Juniors, many of whom are Hermosa residents, exult after a victory over Hawaii at the Junior League Western Regionals. Photo courtesy Araceli Hogan.

Hermosa Beach and Manhattan Beach Little Leaguers are headed to the Junior League Baseball World Series in Taylor, Mich. next week. The team secured its place in the World Series with a 7-1 victory over Hawaii at the Junior League Western Regionals in San Jose on Saturday. Coach Tony Caswick characterized the team’s progress so far as “pretty steady domination. The most runs we’ve given up so far I think is six to Montana. Usually, we’ve held teams to one or two runs, and we’ve scored seven or eight,” Caswick said.

Caswick, who has coached baseball in the South Bay since 2003 and helped win the 2002 National Association of Intercollegiate Athletics Championship with Lewis and Clark State, was quick to credit his coaching staff of Dave Williams, a recent inductee to the Cal State Northridge Baseball Hall of Fame, and Ty Conrad, a Mira Costa graduate who has been key to the team’s base running. Caswick also highlighted the contributions of catcher Jackson Shea, starters Robert Love and Addison Lee, and relievers Ian Draves and Charlie Webb. “But I could easily give a nod to the whole team,” he said.

The Juniors League is for kids older than those playing in the Little League World Series, but younger than Senior League. Many of the players on the team attend Mira Costa, Caswick said.

This marks the second time in recent years that the Manhattan-Hermosa Junior team has made it to the World Series. This year, the South Bay squad will be squaring off against five other teams from the United States, and six from the rest of the world, including teams from Aruba, Quebec and Chinese Taipei. Play begins Sunday. To see the team in action, visit the Hermosa Little League website, which will stream webcasts of the games as available.

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