It may be considered a rare return engagement, but it's a reservation that has been secured by the Ocean View Little League Majors All-Star team.
Ocean View joined some elite company by earned a coveted spot in the 2011 Little League World Series Western Regional tournament in San Bernardino by cruising last weekend to the Southern California Divisional tournament championship.
The locals pummeled Encino twice at Cortez Park in West Covina to repeat as Southern California champions, winning the event by a 21-run differential. Ocean View began the tournament Saturday with a 12-1, four-inning, mercy-rule win, then emphatically wrapped up the best-of-three series Sunday with an 11-1 triumph.
Ocean View, which won District 62 and Section 10 tournament titles before claiming the Southern California Divisional banner, begins Western Regional play at 7:30 p.m. Saturday against Red Bluff Little League of Northern California at Al Houghton Stadium.
"We've played some really tough teams along the way," Ocean View Manager Jeff Pratto said. "We didn't know too much about Encino. We went into the Southern California final relaxed and playing well. I was happy that we stuck it to them early in both games."