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It was his chance to redeem himself, his father said in reference to his son throwing error in the third allowing Japan only run to score. Pratto said when he went up to bat in the sixth he thought, Oh God! Oh God! He settled down when he stepped into the batter box and looked for a pitch to drive, he said.

The other two heroes for California were pitcher Braydon Salzman and lead off man Hagen Danner. Salzman complete game, nine strikeout performance drew the praise of Japan manager Akihiro Suzuki who called him a really good pitcher. pitched the greatest game of his life, Jeff Pratto said. was the right guy for the job today. led off the bottom of the third with a home run to tie the game at one. cheap jerseys was vital to get the run right back, his manager said. Also a key, he said, was Salzman getting a walk to lead off the sixth because he knew they would be in pretty good shape if they could get to the top of the lineup.

The California kids said the weather did not play a factor in the game but Suzuki said the game would not have been played in Japan.

Hurricane Irene had threatened to postpone the game but the rain had stopped by the time the first pitch was thrown at 3:30 and sun made its first appearance and hour later. The field was bathed in son when Nick Pratto was mobbed after his game winning hit.

The weather held the attendance down to 9,156, which was 20,000 less than last year. Still, the 31 game series had a record attendance of 414,905 mainly due the popularity of the Keystone team from nearby Clinton County. The old record set last year was 381,028 in 32 games.

Rawlings Calls Balls, Strikes

Based on an evaluation of his work in other series games, Camp Hill Tom Rawlings was chosen as the home plate umpire for the title game. These were his comments about the honor:

the culmination of a lot of hard work, most of it by people other than me, he said. because of my family who supported me all these years and because of the people who trained me and kept me focused and interested along the way. It the fulfillment of a dream. Come True

Having Huntington Beach play Japan was a dream come true for Chiemi Takada. Her son Ryan was the starting left fielder for California, but she is a native of Japan. son team is a priority for us, she said speaking also for her husband, Takashi. feel very proud of both teams. Her son, who speaks fluent Japanese, helped with translations for the players from Hamamatsu City, she said. Her husband parents, who live in Japan, were among those in the Huntington Beach rooting section.

NOTES: Jerry Whitman of Dillsburg was one of six members of the Lock Haven team that finished runner up to Williamsport Maynard League in the first world series in 1947 introduced in pregame ceremonies. Three from Maynard were, too. A video message from Philadelphia Phillies centerfielder Shane Victorino was played before his father accepted the Little League Parents of the Year award on behalf of himself and wife Joycelyn. All series players got to keep their game jerseys.

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