Sweetwater Valley Little League Wins, Closes in on World Series Spot

The team is two wins away from a place in the Little League World Series

The Sweetwater Valley Little League team won again Monday night in San Bernardino, putting them two wins away from a berth in the Little League World Series.

The group of 11- and 12-year-old all-stars from Bonita beat the Paseo Verde Little League Nevada champions 11-2.

Dozens of fans, unable to attend the game in person, showed up for a viewing part at Oggi’s Pizza in Eastlake where the game was broadcast through ESPN’s website.

The team’s reputation for power hitting lived up to the hype as four players hit homeruns, including Walker Lannom, who now has three in the tournament’s first two games.

“I’m just in awe, I’m just in awe. I don’t believe this is happening. I’m so emotional,” said Sharon Lannom with tears in her eyes after watching her grandson’s homerun from the Oggi’s viewing party.

The team has 10 homeruns in their first two games of the Western Regional Tournament.

“They’ve broken 27 or 28 bats since the postseason started... aluminum composite bats!” said SVLL board member John Poukkula.

Sweetwater Valley plays Utah, the only other team without a loss in San Bernardino, at 6 p.m. Thursday.

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