Chula Vista, Calif.'s Nick Conlin (8) scores from third on a wild pitch by Warner Robins, Ga. pitcher Conner Smirth during Little League World Series United States semi-final baseball game in South Williamsport, Pa., Thursday, Aug. 27, 2009. Chula Vista won 11-10. At left rear is Chula Vista coach Ric Ramirez. (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
Reporter Greg Bledsoe is blogging from Williamsport, Pa.
It's a rainy day in Williamsport, and a perfect day to rest. The Park View Little League team from Chula Vista deserved the day off Friday with its comeback win over Georgia last night to put them into the U.S. Finals.
The team was down 10 to 5 before a late game rally. A wild pitch with the bases loaded scored the winning run in the last inning.
They will play the team from San Antonio, Texas next. It's the same team Chula Vista lost to earlier in the tournament.
Coach Ric Ramirez said he's looking forward to the rematch. He said his team will have a restful day today.
In the meantime, the players from Texas spent the morning in the batting cage. They will have had two full days off before Saturday's game.
Six foot two inch Luke Ramirez is expected to be the starting pitcher for Chula Vista. He complained of a sore shoulder before Thursday's game, but said he expects to be ok for Saturday.
The winner of the U.S. Final will go on to play the winner of the Saturday's international final between China and Mexico. That world series final will be Sunday.
The game Thursday night was against the undefeated team from Robbins, Georgia. It was the first elimination game, meaning the losing team is out of the tournament's championship bracket.
Georgia coach Randy Jones said this Park View team may be the best he's ever seen. He said pitcher Kiko Garcia one of the biggest reasons.
"Wow, that feels great," Garcia said. "I never though someone would say that about me, but I'm happy to hear that."
Park View now moves on to the U.S. championship game on Saturday against San Antonio, Texas. That game will be played at noon PT.