The Huntington Beach, California squad won the 2011 Little League World Series final over Japan today on a walk-off hit by first baseman Nick Pratto that scored pinch runner Eric Anderson from third. This marked the first walk-off win in a Little League World Series final since Georgia’s 2007 victory over Japan.
Pratto rounded out the big day with three hits on four at bats. He was today’s only player with more than one hit.
In the third inning, Japan LF Kaito Suzuki started off the scoring for the day thanks to an error, followed later that inning when California catcher Hagan Danner hit a solo homer.
California starting pitcher Braydon Salzman threw a three-hit complete game while Japan’s Shoto Totsuka lasted four and two-thirds innings before yielding to reliever Kazuto Takakura.
This is the seventh LLWS that’s been won by a team from California, tying the region for second with Japan behind Taiwan and widening its gap over other American states.
Huntington Beach is now the sixth American team to win in the past seven years, preventing Japan from winning its second-straight LLWS title.
- Little League World Series 2011 Finals: California Adds to US Run of Dominance (bleacherreport.com)
- California beats Japan 2-1 to take LLWS (sfgate.com)
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