Home Run Hitters to Face Massachusetts

By Michelle Wayland and Artie Ojeda
|  Sunday, Aug 23, 2009  |  Updated 1:16 PM PDT
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The Park View Little Leaguers from Chula Vista are on a home run hitting rampage and no one from California to Kentucky can seem to stop them.

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Home Run Derby In Williamsport

Park View Little League smashes seven more home runs and wins first game of Little League World Series.
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One day after a smashing victory against Kentucky, the Park View Little League team are gearing up to try and deliver another pummeling Sunday using all the skills they’re famous for -- great power, pitching, defense and home run after home run. 

“It's awesome, it makes Chula Vista awesome, they're like movie stars kinda,” Park View fan Victoria Garcia said.

Park View, the Western Regional champions, continued a long ball barrage by smashing seven more round trippers, and defeated the Great Lakes Regional Champion from Russellville, Kentucky, 15-0 on Saturday. The game was stopped after 5-innings due to Little League's mercy rule.

“I think they did good,” 11-year-old Nick Montoya said.

Park View will next play Sunday at 3 p.m. against a team from Peabody, Mass., the New England Regional Champion.

There’s no doubt fans will gather in Chula Vista to cheer on their team on Sunday. Whether they have any voices left after Saturday’s game is another story.

The noise was deafening at the South Bay YMCA viewing party as fans of all ages cheered to the sweet sound of victory. Many of them said they look up to the players.

“There's also Kiko, the best pitcher in Park View Little League,” said excited 11-year-old Humberto Garcia.

After Sunday’s game against Peabody, Park View is next scheduled to play Tuesday against Southwest Region champion McAllister Park from San Antonio, Texas.

The winner of the four-team pool will advance to the U.S. semifinals on Wednesday. The championship game is set for August 29, the winner of the U.S. will then play the international champion for the Little League World Series title.

“They're focused, they're disciplined, they are hitting home runs like they are known to do,” Shelly Garcia said.

Park View posted a 6-0 record in the Western Regional to become the ninth San Diego County team to reach the Little League World Series and the first since the Rancho Buena Vista team in 2005. The Oceanside American All-Stars  played in 2001.

You can watch the game live at 3 p.m. on ESPN 2.
 

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