The Huntington Beach All-Star team has captured the World Series of Little League baseball championship, with a 2-1 victory over the team from Hamamatsu Minami, Japan today in South Williamsport, Pa.
Nick Pratto, atoning for an earlier error, singled in pinch-runner Eric Anderson with the winning run in the bottom of the sixth inning.
Pratto followed with the game-winning single, his third hit of the game. Pratto, the Ocean View first baseman, threw wildly for an error, allowing Suzuki to score. It outscored its six opponents in World Series play, 36-4.
Ocean View is the first Orange County team to win the Little League World Series. Nick Pratto singled in the winning run with two outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of sixth inning to give the boys from Huntington Beach a 2-1 victory Sunday over Hamamatsu City, Japan, and a World Series championship.
USA," yelled fans before Pratto's single. Braydon Salzman pitched a complete-game three-hitter for the win, striking out nine. Japan starter Shoto Totsuka struck out five over 4 1-3 innings. Totsuka gave up a homer to right to California slugger Hagen Danner.
Nick Pratto connected for a two-out, bases-loaded single in the bottom of the sixth inning to lead Huntington Beach’s Ocean View team to the Little League World Series championship.
Ocean View beat Hamamtsu City, Japan, 2-1, and became the seventh team from California to win the title.
Both teams had scored in the bottom of the third inning, and the game stayed tied until Pratto’s decisive single into right-center field.
After two innings, California had left three runners on base.
Catcher Hagen Danner’s throw sailed over third baseman Palmer’s head and Suzuki scored to give Japan a 1-0 lead.
Pratto also singled in the inning and both Trevor Windisch and Kotkosky hit the ball hard but both line drives were caught and Jason Mayorga, pinch-hitting, struck out to end the inning and leave a fourth runner, Pratto, on base for California.