Ocean View headed to Western Regionals

Local Majors All-Star team cruises to Divisional crown and is the first Southern California Little League to make back-to-back appearances in San Bernardino since 1993.

August 03, 2011|By Mike Sciacca,
  • Left-handed pitcher Nick Pratto fires a pitch.
Left-handed pitcher Nick Pratto fires a pitch. (Courtesy Wendy…)

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."


Nick Pratto clubbed a two-run home run in the top of the first inning Saturday to get Ocean View off and running. Trevor Windisch and Anthony Martinez both smacked three-run homers in the second inning.

Hagen Danner gave a dominating performance on the mound and at the plate. He gave up only a run and on offense, he hit a solo home run in the top of the third and scored three times. Reliever Ryo Takada shut down Encino in the bottom of the fourth.

On Sunday, Nick Pratto's outstanding pitching tamed Encino. The left-hander struck out nine and allowed three hits and a run in five innings. The 12-year-old also had a big hand on the offensive side of things with three hits, a run batted in and a un scored.

Danner set the tone offensively for Ocean View. He was four for four with two home runs to account for four RBIs. Danner and Windisch hit back-to-back home runs in the fourth inning. Windisch finished with three hits and scored twice. He started the sixth in replace of Pratto and went on to strike out the side to end the game.

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