The Ocean View Little League All-Star team received the red-carpet treatment upon its return home to Huntington Beach on Monday night.
Arriving to chants of "OV" and "USA," the All-Stars were greeted by an enthusiastic crowd that came out to support the 2011 Little League Baseball World Series champions. The players stood before the gathering as a fireworks display illuminated the league's playing fields at Murdy Park.
Ocean View completed an incredible two-month postseason summer run Sunday by coming from behind to defeat defending champion Japan, 2-1, at Williamsport, Pa. Ocean View is the first Little League team from Orange County to win the title, the second team in three years from California to win it (after Park View Little League of Chula Vista in 2009) and seventh from the state overall in the 65-year history of the iconic tournament.
"I will say that winning the World Series is great, but it really doesn't compare to this right here," Ocean View Coach Tony Cianca told a crowd of about 800 that responded with cheers and whistles. "This is unbelievable."