The wide divide between Williamsport, Pa., and Huntington Beach, has closed significantly for the Ocean View Little League (12-year-old) All-Star team.
That 2,289 mile gap has been reduced to a mere two steps.
Ocean View went 3-1 in pool play at the Little League Baseball Western Regional in San Bernardino in the past week to reserve a spot in the tournament's semifinals. Southern California champion Ocean View, which won its first three games before being bumped off Tuesday by Northern California champ Napa National Little League, will play at either 2 p.m. or 8:30 p.m. Friday, depending on the semifinal seed the locals receive. That seed depended on the outcome of Wednesday's two final pool play games.
Ocean View Manager Tod Minato said his team could be the first or second seed.
Regardless of its seed, this is the furthest the league has advanced in San Bernardino since 2000 when Ocean View lost in the regional final.