Less than 24 hours after winning the Western Regional championship, the Ocean View Majors All-Star team packed its bags and headed out Sunday on its dream summer vacation: a trip to Williamsport, Pa.
It's a road the league, nor any District 62 team, had yet traveled.
It was destiny, as Ocean View Manager Jeff Pratto said he had thought to himself after his son, Nick, started Ocean View's memorable final at-bat in San Bernardino with a triple. That thought became reality just one pitch later, when Steven Kotkosky clobbered a towering home run in front of an announced crowd of 13,870 that forever changed the course of the game, and Ocean View's future.
"When Steven hits the ball like that, you know it's gone," Ocean View coach Tony Cianca said during the postgame celebration.
Ocean View begins World Series play Friday against Cumberland American Little League of Cumberland, R.I. Cumberland won the New England regional last weekend. Game time is noon and can be seen live on ESPN.