Huntington Beach, CA. team wins 2011 LLWS

The photo says it all. A team from California won the 2011 Little League World Series, beating a team from Japan in the final.

12-year old Nick Pratto swung and hit a game winning single to win the 2011 Little League World Series 2-1 for his team from Huntington Beach, California Sunday. Braydon Saltzman threw a complete game 3-hitter for the American side against the international champs from Hamamatzu City, Japan. Pratto’s game winner came with 2 outs and the bases loaded in the bottom of the sixth, fulfilling a dream that every aspiring major league player dreams about. With the win, the USA has now won six out the last seven LLWS, with only a team from Japan (not the same one from Hamamatzu City, last year’s champion was from Tokyo) winning last year. Manager Jeff Pratto, Nick’s dad, had to have been proud of his champion son. With bad weather in the East Coast of the USA all weekend, the kids from Huntington Beach get to celebrate probably the biggest achievement of their lives.

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6 Responses to Huntington Beach, CA. team wins 2011 LLWS

  1. I love the innocence and passion of the idea of the LLWS, but stopped watching it a few years ago because of the overblown media coverage/broadcasting. Nonetheless, it is always great when an American team wins. Do you see the 30 for 30 special on the LLWS from Seattle?

    • So do I, I see what you’re saying, I feel bad for those guys because if one of them makes an error to lose a game, you know, it’s broadcast on ESPN. That’s too much media pressure on a 11 or 12 year old. Yes, I did see the 30 for 30 documentary on that. Man, I love those documentaries.

  2. unclemonkey says:

    I love watching the LLWS but have to agree with sportsglutton, I think it is a bit overblown with the media coverage/broadcasting.

    • I love the LLWS, but yeah, it is really overblown because as much as I want to watch LLWS on TV, ESPN has to remember that these are 11 and 12 and 13 year old kids playing on national TV.

  3. Bobby Charts says:

    Nice post and agree with comments, but I have seen the US team lose in past, so it was great to see these kids from my state of Cali win it all.

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