Little League World Series
August 29, 2011 by staff
Ocean View Little League in Huntington Beach became the sixth U.S. team in the last seven years to win the title as Nick Pratto struck with the bases loaded with two outs in the sixth inning Lamade Stadium in Williamsport, Pennsylvania.
The start of championship game yesterday was delayed three hours due to Tropical Storm Irene, which began to hit the east coast yesterday. The consolation game between the teams of Mexico and Montana was canceled.
Pratt had three hits five in California, while winning pitcher held international champion Salzman Braydon Hamamatsu Minami Little League from the city of Hamamatsu, Japan, to an unearned run and three hits in six innings. The Salzman 13 years old, had nine strikeouts and did not walk.
“He pitched the biggest game of his life,” said manager Jeff Pratto California, the father of Nick. “He was the right man for the job -. A pitcher is very efficient, able to change the speed and able to hit your points, that’s what you need to beat Japan”
Salzman came to bring the bottom of the sixth and California filled the bases with one out after a single and a fielding error by Japan. Although Salzman was forced out at the plate for the second out, Pratt, 12-year-old first baseman from California, followed with a single to center to score the winning run in front of a crowd of 20,168.
“I was ahead in the count, and I was looking for a good pitch to hit, driving, and I got it,” Pratt said, adding that he was nervous walking up to the plate. “But once I got into the box, just starting to calm down, get my head straight and see the ball.”
Japan took a 1-0 lead at the top of the third inning as Seiya Fujita opened the inning with a single, moved to third base on an error and scored on a fielder’s choice.
California tied for the bottom of the entry into Danner Hagen hit a solo homer.
Huntington Beach is the second California team to win the title of Little League 11 -, 12 – and 13 years of age in the last three years. Park View Little League Chula Vista won the 2009 championship, while the Edogawa Minami-Star Tokyo last year gave Japan its first title since 2003.
The representative of Japan made the final again beating Social Security, Little League of Mexicali, Baja California, Mexico, 5-2 yesterday. California won the U.S. title with an 11-2 victory over a team of Billings, Montana, avenging an earlier loss 1-0 to the representative of the Northwest.
Huntington Beach outscored their opponents 23-2 in the Little League World Series after beating teams 41-6 in the West Regional to reach Williamsport.
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