The Park View Little Leaguers from Chula Vista continued their magical run in the Little League World Series, hitting three more home runs and turning a close game into a blowout, shutting out Peabody Mass., 14-0. The win guarantees Park View a spot in the next round Tuesday playing against Southwest Region champion McAllister Park from San Antonio, Texas.
Up to now, Park View has been devouring opponents with their powerful hitting. Sunday night, they did it with brilliant pitching.
Coach Ric Ramirez talked with 619sports.net exclusively after Sunday night's game.
"One of the things we knew we had when we started the All-Star run, we knew we had three good pitchers,” he said. “Knock-on-wood, they’ve been healthy. Hopefully they stay that way, just a little bit longer.”
Coach Ramirez talked about a trip to the mound that may have been a premonition of things to come.
“Being in that situation we know some of those kids are nervous,” Ramirez said offering pitcher Isaiah Armenta an extra edge. He used a tactic that has worked before for him - predicting what needed to happen to get out of the inning. "We’re going to get a ground ball here and get into the dugout and then get into hitting," he told the Armenta.
Since Ramirez was wearing a microphone, the television audience heard the pep talk. After events unraveled to reveal exactly what the coach predicted, a friend texted him to say what the coach had said at the mound made him look like a psychic.
When asked if he had that magical ability to control future events at home. Coach Ramirez laughed and said, “Absolutely not!”
“Right now, I want to play the best baseball possible with these kids,” he said. “I’ve proud I can be a part of something that gives other people joy. That’s the cool part I think.”
Park View's next opponent, San Antonio, defeated Kentucky by the score of 12-0.
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