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Making Waves: Huntington Beach Little League Team Heads to World Championship

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Huntington Beach's Ocean View Little League All-Stars team is tearing up the world of children's baseball. After beating Montana-Billings Big Sky in an 11-2 victory yesterday, they're now headed to the Little League World Series Championship, reports NBC LA.Yesterday's game was a comeback from earlier in the week:

OVLL avenged a 1-0 extra-inning loss to Billings on Wednesday with power from the plate and a dominating pitching performance from starter Nick Pratto. The left-handed Pratto led the West squad pitching 5 1/3 innings, striking out 10 and allowing just three hits with no earned runs before reaching his 85-pitch limit.

The Huntington Beach team will play Japan today at 12:00 p.m.

It's an exciting time for these kids, but we still have to admit to being a little taken aback when reading lines like this in the coverage:

Pratto, son of manager Jeff Pratto, became a little rattled in the bottom of the second after a one-out single by Andy Maehl...But the 12-year-old settled down and induced an inning-ending double play. [emphasis ours]