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Visions of Williamsport remain clear

Ocean View Majors All-Star team has cruised in pool play of Western Regionals, securing a spot in Friday's semifinals.

August 10, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

So far, there's been no derailing the Ocean View express.

The Ocean View Little League Majors All-Star team has powered its way to impressive wins in its first three games at the Western Regional Tournament in San Bernardino, winning those three pool-play games over a three-day period that started Saturday.

Ocean View, which won District 62, Section 10 and Southern California Divisional tournament championships to make its way to Al Houghton Stadium, began its quest for the West title Saturday with a 10-2 rout of Red Bluff, the Northern California champion. On Sunday, Ocean View rode no-hit pitching from Hagen Danner and Nick Pratto to a 3-0 victory over Hawaii champ Central East Maui, 3-0. The locals played their third game Tuesday and blasted Arizona champion Rio Rico, 10-0, in a four-inning game halted by the mercy rule.

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Ocean View played Silverado, champion from Nevada, on Wednesday in a final pool-play game for both teams. The score wasn't available at press time.

The top four seeds from pool play advance to Friday's semifinals. The No. 2 and No. 3 seeds face off at 2 p.m. and the No. 1 and No. 4 seeds meet at 8 p.m. The semifinal winners advance to play at 8 p.m. Saturday in the championship game. The tournament winner moves on to the World Series next week in Williamsport, Pa.

Ocean View was the lone undefeated team in pool play entering Wednesday and regardless of the outcome of its game against Silverado, is guaranteed one of the top two seeds among Friday's final four.

The All-Stars are firing on all cylinders heading into the weekend.

"You know, we're playing a complete game right now," Ocean View Manager Jeff Pratto said. "The kids have been ready to play every day. They are humble and are just going out and playing our game.

"Right now, all three facets — hitting, pitching and defense — have really come together. If we continue to play our game and only worry about ourselves, then I think we have a really great chance to reach our goal."

Ocean View couldn't have come up with a better start to the tournament than it did against Red Bluff on Saturday. A six-run outburst in the top of the first inning put Ocean View in a comfortable lead, and they scored four more runs over the final three innings to put the game away. Red Bluff scored single runs in both the third and fifth innings.

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