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Monday, August 29, 2011

Huntington Beach Ocean View wins Little League World Series in dramatic fashion

Reporting from South Williamsport, Pa.—Bases loaded, two outs, a 12-year-old boy digs his foot into the batter’s box and there it is, a moment youngsters from all over the world dream about.

The scene might have taken place in the mind of any kid standing in a backyard or on a sandlot field, but on Sunday it played out before a national television audience and a crowd of 11,950 at Lamade Stadium, youth baseball’s Mecca.

And Nick Pratto, the confident son of a coach, delivered in a very real way.

His two-out single in the bottom of the sixth and final inning was the difference as Ocean View of Huntington Beach defeated a team from Hamamatsu City, Japan, 2-1, to win the championship of the Little League World Series.

Gamingboy Posted: August 29, 2011 at 02:51 PM | 12 comment(s) Login to Bookmark
  Tags: amateur, international, japan

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   1. Best Regards, President of Comfort, Esq. Posted: August 29, 2011 at 04:01 PM (#3911406)
In the News: HURRICANE IRENE | LIBYA | LITTLE LEAGUE | JONAH HILL

All right then.
   2. Bob Tufts Posted: August 29, 2011 at 04:04 PM (#3911409)
I didn't watch this. I'm waiting for ESPN to broadcast the Little League World Series of Poker.
   3. Famous Original Joe C Posted: August 29, 2011 at 04:16 PM (#3911423)
In the News: HURRICANE IRENE | LIBYA | LITTLE LEAGUE | JONAH HILL

All right then.



Reminds me of this (now apparently defunct) blog.
   4. Guapo Posted: August 29, 2011 at 04:55 PM (#3911453)
Don't forget the headline at the bottom of the page (bottomline?)

A few Catholics still insist Galileo was wrong


All right then.
   5. The Pequod Posted: August 29, 2011 at 05:03 PM (#3911459)
There's something a little bit sick about adults intensely following the sporting activities of children. In this case it's the LLWS, but you can apply that to major college athletics recruiting, too.
   6. Dave Spiwak Posted: August 29, 2011 at 08:59 PM (#3911716)
What does Steven Strasburg think about this?
   7. AADeuce Posted: August 29, 2011 at 09:11 PM (#3911723)
The fact that a double elimination tourney became single elimination for the finals was completely f'd. Montana should have needed to be beaten twice.
   8. McCoy Posted: August 29, 2011 at 09:59 PM (#3911780)
Didn't they already lose once by simply being from Montana?
   9. UCCF Posted: August 29, 2011 at 10:56 PM (#3911842)
I used to like the LLWS when they just showed the final game on ABC on a Saturday afternoon. I would tune in every year as a kid to watch Taiwan beat the crap out of whatever US team managed to get that far. Now that we're bombarded with every single play-in game from both sides of the bracket... ugh. Enough already. Do we need live check-ins on Sportscenter each night from Williamsport, analyzing the day's action?

I can't wait for expanded coverage of the Pony League playoffs, plus this year's middle school girl's soccer finals. I hear the South regional is going to be tough to beat, if the girl who owns the ball doesn't get called home for dinner early.
   10. McCoy Posted: August 29, 2011 at 11:02 PM (#3911849)
Only on the Ocho!
   11. Hugh Jorgan Posted: August 30, 2011 at 12:37 AM (#3911902)
There's something a little bit sick about adults intensely following the sporting activities of children

I used to like the LLWS when they just showed the final game on ABC on a Saturday afternoon

Huh, I don't get the negativity. As a father of 5 kids and subsequent coach of soccer, t-ball, rugby, cricket and tennis, I really enjoy the LLWS. The kid that got the winning hit had pitched the semis against Montana and he was just unreal. His control was freakishly good. The catcher for the West team was actually calling the game, it was really impressive. The Japanese team had their catcher setting up all around the plate and more often then not the pitcher would hit the spot. I'm always stunned to watch 12/13 year old kids turn a 6,4,3, double play. When the Montana kid hit that massive homer in the 6th against California all the fielders were pretty happy to high five him as he went around the bases, I like that type of stuff.

I don't think people are overly intensely following it, I think most adults like the purity of it. The Japanese kids just smiled the whole time, it was brilliant.
   12. Clemenza Posted: August 30, 2011 at 01:54 PM (#3912171)
I think most adults like the purity of it.

I don't mean to suggest that the LLWS or Little League in general is anything close to major college athletics or the Olympics in terms of having lost its purity but clearly the bloom is off the rose. No fault of the kids playing but very little good can come of a bunch of adults putting that much importance on whether or not their kids win a baseball game. I am sure it is a disticnt minority of people who behave badly but it's pretty clear that, IN GENERAL, adults are a bit over zealous when it comes to their kid's athletic acheivements. Little League is not immune and as far as I can tell is one of the worst offenders.

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