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 of the Little League World Series.
Sunday night’s game in South Williamsport was much different than any of the team’s recent games: It was close! At least through the first five innings.
Up to now, Park View has been devouring opponents with their powerful hitting. Sunday night, they did it with brilliant pitching.
The Blue Bombers were led by a strong pitching performance from Luke Ramirez, who struck out 11-batters in four innings. Isaiah Armenta and Oscar Castro pitched the last two innings to secure the win.
Andy Rios smacked two home runs and Seth Godfrey added another, giving the team 48 homers in their last eight games.
One night after drilling seven home runs in a 15-0 drubbing of Kentucky, the power hitting Chula Vistans had their bats quieted early in the game by Peabody pitcher Matt Hosman, who struck out 10 in 4 2/3 innings.
At one point during the game, Park View coach Ric Ramirez tried to motivate his players. He pulled the entire team in front of their dugout and gave them a firm and quick lecture:
“He’s throwing a fast ball right down the pipe,” said Ramirez. “Get it done right here with this guy. Let’s go!”
Park View scored first in the game. In the top of the second inning, Castro smacked a double to right center field. Pinch runner Nick Conlin scored when Godfrey’s hard ground ball got past the Peabody second baseman, giving Chula Vista a 1-0 lead.
Park View took a 2-0 lead in the fifth inning using a familiar weapon: the home run. Godfrey’s blast was the team’s eighth home run in the last two games in South Williamsport. And there would be more to come.
Chula Vista turned a close game into another blowout in the sixth inning. Castro led off the inning with a double and scored on an RBI single by Daniel Porros, Jr. making the score 3-0. Then Rios drilled a line drive to center field that the Peabody center fielder just missed catching. In fact, Rios thought the ball was caught and started to head off the field. Instead, it was a home run for Rios and Park View had a 5-0 lead.
Park View added more in the sixth inning on Kiko Garcia’s RBI single that drove in Bulla Graft, making it 6-0. Bradley Roberto followed with a single that scored Ramirez and Garcia to make it 8-0. Park View continued to pour it on. Porros' second hit of the inning scored Roberto giving the team a 9-0 lead. A bloop single by Garcia scored Castro and it was 10-0. Godfrey then added yet another two runs with a single making it 12-0. Rios followed with his second home run of the inning, this one a no-doubter to deep left field, to make it 14-0.
Ramirez, who has been Park View’s hitting star, helped the team with a masterful pitching performance.
He pitched his way out of tough jams several times in the game, stranding Peabody runners in both the third and fourth innings. Ramirez’ fast ball was clocked as high as 75 mph, which is the equivalent of a 98 mph fast ball at the major league level.
Prior to the nationally telecasted game, ESPN camera operators in the outfield jokingly wore helmets with face guards and chest protectors to guard against an expected barrage of home runs by the Chula Vista group.
Park View is next scheduled to play on Tuesday against Southwest Region champion McAllister Park from San Antonio, Texas. San Antonio also defeated Kentucky by the score of 12-0.