Crowd Welcomes Little League Champs Home

The Ocean View All-Stars returned victorious to Huntington Beach Monday night, a day after willing the Little League World Series.

By Kim Baldonado and Julie Brayton
|  Tuesday, Aug 30, 2011  |  Updated 8:17 AM PDT
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The Ocean View All-Stars returned victorious to Huntington Beach Monday night, a day after willing the Little League World Series

Kim Baldonado, David Gregory

The Ocean View All-Stars returned victorious to Huntington Beach Monday night, a day after willing the Little League World Series

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With a police escort, the Ocean View All-Stars arrived home Monday to a boisterous welcome.

On Sunday, the team from Huntington Beach became the Little League World Series champions. They beat Japan, 2-1, on a walk-off single from Nick Pratto.

"I couldn't even dream of being there and just winning it all," says Justin Cianca, Ocean View player.

"We get to meet Obama in February. I'm just really happy right now," according to Ryo Takada, Ocean View player.

"To win the world series, that's not a goal, that's more of a dream, it really is. It is a dream. You can't prepare for it," says Tony Cianca, the coach for Ocean View.

Monday night, their community turned out in a big way to shower them with appreciation, pride and plenty of cheers. The players were treated like celebrities, signing their autographs on baseballs, caps and on the arms of adoring female fans.

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