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Ocean View streaks into Williamsport

Little League Notebook

Locals have won 12 straight All-Star games, and 18 of 19.

August 17, 2011|By Mike Sciacca, michael.sciacca@latimes.com

Ocean View won District 62, Section 10, Sub-Divisional, Southern California Divisional and Western Regional tournament titles to get to Williamsport. Ocean View is on a 12-game postseason win streak and has won 18 of 19 tournament games to get to the World Series. Its only loss was a 6-5 setback in seven innings to District 68 in a July 19 Section 10 game.

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Ocean View went 6-0 at the Western Regional and outscored its opponents, 41-6. Ocean View's first tournament win was a 10-2 rout of Red Bluff on Aug. 6, and it shut out three of its six opponents.

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Cumberland American Little League, Ocean View's World Series opening game opponent Friday, was 2-2 after the completion of pool play at the New England Regional but sneaked into the semifinals as the No. 3 seed. Cumberland knocked off No. 2-seed Connecticut (8-7) in the semis and defeated No. 4-seed Massachusetts, 13-7, in the regional final Saturday.

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Ocean View's Braydon Salzman struck out 11 batters on Friday and Ocean View scored all of its runs in the final three innings to defeat Washington Little League of Utah, 5-0, to move on to Saturday's title game.

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Ocean View was the designated visiting team for Saturday's final. In its previous Western Regional championship game appearances (2000, 2010), both losses, Ocean View was the designated home team.

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Trailing, 1-0, Nick Pratto reminded his dad of what took place in the 2010 Western Regional final.

"He told me, 'Dad, we scored first last year against Hawaii and they came back to win,' " Manager Jeff Pratto said. "We were slow to get going (Saturday), but we came through in the end with the game on the line."

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Steven Kotkosky's winning hit was his only hit of the game and first home run in the tournament. Kotkosky — who started Saturday's game in right field, moved to left and also played shortstop — has had a knack for big hits in Ocean View's postseason run.

"I was just happy to do what I could to help our team win," he said.

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Dylan Palmer had a big tournament batting in the No. 9 slot for Ocean View. Palmer, who started at third base Saturday, had a single and run batted in in Friday's semifinal win over Washington (Utah) and his single off starter Red Bluff Travis Clawson to open the third inning of Saturday's final was Ocean View's first hit of the game.

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A few of the Ocean View players were overcome with emotion after the game. Pitcher Hagen Danner was dry-eyed after the game, but had other thoughts during the game.

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