Monday, August 24, 2009
Park View Little League will play in its final pool play Tuesday before advancing to the U.S. semifinals of the Little League World Series.
Park View is set to play its next and last game in pool play around 5 p.m. Tuesday against McAllister Park American Little League of San Antonio, Texas, in South Williamsport, Penn. Whoever wins, both teams will advance to the U.S. semifinals, scheduled for Wednesday.
The U.S. championship is set for Saturday, with the overall championship game against the international champion the following day.
On Sunday, Park View shut out Peabody, Mass., of the New England region, 14-0. Park View was clinging to a 2-0 lead going into the 6th and final inning, when it broke the contest open with a 12-run inning.
Andy Rios created the most damage with a pair of two-run homers.
Seth Godfrey started the scoring in the 2nd inning by driving home a run with a hard shot that was ruled an error. He later homered and, in the big final inning, knocked a two-run double.
On Saturday, the Chula Vista-based team, representing the West region, pounded Russellville, Ken., of the Great Lakes region, 15-0.
Previously nicknamed the "Green Machine,'' Park View recently gained a new nickname -- the "Blue Bombers'' -- after Little League officials forced the team to trade in its green uniforms for baby blue ones.
Park View is the third San Diego County team this decade to reach the LLWS, following Oceanside in 2001 and Rancho Buena Vista in 2005. The only local squad to win the championship was the 1961 El Cajon/La Mesa Northern Little League All-Stars, whose roster included future San Diego State and Cleveland Browns quarterback Brian Sipe.