O.V. reaches Western Regional

Ocean View Little League Majors squad captured Southern California State title with mercy-rule win.

August 04, 2010|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Ocean View Little League won the Southern California Divisional championship.
Ocean View Little League won the Southern California… (Independent )

San Bernardino, here they come.

The Ocean View Little League Majors All-Star team earned a spot in the Western Regional tournament Monday night by routing El Segundo, 10-0, to win the Southern California State Championship series at Tijeras Creek Little League in Rancho Santa Margarita.

Monday's win sets Ocean View up for an 8 p.m. Friday date with Mountain Ridge Little League of Las Vegas in San Bernardino.

The tournament, which runs through Aug. 15, includes teams from Southern and Northern California, Nevada, Arizona, Utah and Hawaii.

To the winner of the regional: a ticket to Williamsport, Pa., for the Little League World Series that begins Aug. 20.

Ocean View Little League last reached this point of the season in 2000. That year's Ocean View team was one win shy of reaching Williamsport.


"To come out as champions of Southern California, with 400 teams, is an accomplishment the players can truly cherish and be very proud," Ocean View Manager Tod Minato said. "It's on to the Western Regional in San Bernardino."

Following Friday's opener against Mountain Ridge, Ocean View will play Waipio Little League of Waipahu, HI., at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, Washington Little League of Washington, Utah, at 9:30 a.m. Monday and Northern California champ Napa National Little League of Napa at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday.

The regional semifinals are Aug. 13 and the championship game Aug. 15.

"We can't wait to get there," said Chad Minato, 12, a shortstop/catcher for Ocean View. "I think we have a good chance in the tournament. It's great that we got here and now we can make our dream even better."

Ocean View dominated El Segundo Monday in the decisive game of the best-of-three series that was called after five innings by the mercy rule.

Logan Pouelsen threw all five innings, striking out 10 and allowing just two hits in recording the shutout victory. The winning run was scored in the first inning on Nick Pratto's run-scoring single. Then, Ocean View blew the game open by parlaying eight hits into eight runs for a 9-0 cushion. The final run came home on Chad Minato's walk-off double in the fifth that led to the mercy rule.

Pouelsen also led the team in hits with three and Pratto, Armano Duarte and Hunter Jackson each had two hits. Chad Minato, Steven Gingery, Luke Williams, Corey Hawk, Michael Gates and Hunter Simmons all had hits.

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