The Huntington Beach California Little League team representing the West Region won the 2011 Little League World Series 2-1 over Hamamatsu City Japan on Nick Pratto’s two out bases loaded single off Kazuto Takakura to score Eric Anderson and bring home LLWS title for the United States. Following the game, Pratto, Hagen Danner, who had hit a Home Run in the game, and pitcher Braydon Salzman who pitched a complete game three hitter, along with winning coach Jeff Pratto all spoke at length with the media following the celebration in Williamsport. Check out what the three coolest 12 year olds on the planet had to say about their Little League World Series run.
UPDATED: Here is the Hamamatsu City Japan coach’s post game press conference as well:
Chicago Cubs prospect Matt Cerda has grown a little from the 4’10” 82 pound catcher he was a decade ago for the Oceanside California Little League World Series Team that made a valiant run in the 2001 series before being shut down by Danny Almonte and the Rolando Paulino Little League All Stars in 2001. Now a days Cerda is a third baseman in the Chicago Cubs organization where he is hitting .279 with 22 Doubles, 2 Triples, and 1 Home Run for High-A Daytona. The advancement of this year’s Oceanside Little League team to the finals of the Little League World Series against Japan has brought back memories for Cerda. In the story he talks about his team’s run in the Little League World Series, being on the wrong end of the Danny Almonte scandal, having the opportunity to live out every Little Leaguer’s dream of playing professional baseball. It’s a great read.