SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — Bases loaded, two outs, one 12-year-old boy digs his foot into the batter's box and there it is, a moment little boys from all over the world dream about.
With the championship of the Little League Baseball World Series on the line, in a game that had been tied since the third inning, stoic Nick Pratto hit a two-out single, a game-winner, a dream-maker.
Pratto's hit in the bottom of the sixth inning gave Ocean View Little League a 2-1 victory against the Japanese team from Hamamatsu City on Sunday in front of 11,950 at Lamade Stadium, making world champions out of the team from Huntington Beach.
This is the sixth time in the last seven years that the U.S. has won the title, but the first time a team from Orange County became world champion. Japan had won last year over a team from Hawaii.