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Aug, 2011

Ocean View captures Little League World Series championship

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – It’s something young ballplayers dream of in backyards all over the world – tie game, bottom of the sixth, two outs at the Little World Series Championship with a chance to win the title for your team.

Nick Pratto was in that situation Sunday against Japan, and with the count 2-0, Pratto drove the game-winning single into center field, giving the team a 2-1 victory over Japan.

Ocean View is the first Orange county team ever to win the Little League World Series.

Ocean View entered the bottom of the sixth inning tied with Japan, 1-1, and Braydon Salzman led it off with a walk. Dylan Palmer, who had a home run in the U.S. championship game, singled to give the team two runners on with no out.

After a strikeout, Hagen Danner reached on an error to load the bases, but Japan got a force out at the plate for the second out.

Pratto then delivered the ultimate clutch hit, a single to center to score Eric Anderson for the victory.

“I was looking for a pitch to drive and I got one,” Pratto said.

The game, which was pushed back 3 1/2 hours due to Hurricane Irene-related rain showers, was as advertised, with Japan and Ocean View locked in a pitcher’s duel.

Japan struck first, scoring from first on a sacrifice bunt and an error, going up 1-0 in the third. But in the bottom of the inning, Ocean View’s Hagen Danner knotted the game at 1 with his second home run of the tournament.

Down 0-1 in the count, Danner drove a fastball away over the right-field wall.

Salzman, pitching in his team-leading fourth game of the Series, had another fine outing, working six innings. He got out of a jam in the sixth to keep the game even entering the bottom of the inning.

Salzman struck out nine and gave up only three hits an an unearned run for the complete-game victory.

“Yeah, I was nervous because it WAS the championship game at the Little League World Series,” Salzman said.

Japanese starter Shoto Tatsuka matched Salzman, allowing only one run on three hits over 4 2/3 innings.

With Justin Cianca’s pinch-hit single and Jack Furry’s pinch-hit walk in the fourth, each member of Ocean View’s team reached base over the course of the Little League World Series.

The Little League World Series set a record with 414,905 spectators in attendance for the 31 games. The old record, set over 32 games in 2010, was 381,028.

Just because the series is over, the Ocean View team’s journey is just getting underway.

Ocean View’s players will be honored with a parade in Huntington Beach on Sept. 10. The team is also expected to be honored at an Angels’ game.

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