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Ocean View storms to 3-0 in West Region
SAN BERNARDINO – There's something about the first inning of a Little League baseball game that Ocean View players just love.
On Saturday night, the youngsters from Orange County scored six runs in the first inning and ran away with an eight-run victory. On Sunday, they scored once again in the first and never looked back.
Tuesday morning was no different.
Ocean View scored four runs in the top of the first inning and cruised to a 10-0 four-inning victory over Rio Rico Little League of Arizona at Al Houghton Stadium.
With the victory, Ocean View – 3-0 in pool play – locked up a place in the West Region semifinals and took another step toward qualifying for the Little League World Series.
"People may think we're an early start ballclub, but we're not always like that," Ocean View coach Jeff Pratto said. "If we get pitches we can drive in the early innings, we'll be an early inning team."
Trevor Windisch smacked two home runs and drove in three to lead an Ocean View offense that pounded out 14 hits, three of which were home runs.
In the top of the first inning, leadoff batter Hagen Danner crushed a 2-2 fastball deep over the left-field fence. Before Danner even got to sit back down, Windisch drove the next pitch of the inning to almost the identical location.
"It's very exciting for me," Windisch said. "I've hit home runs before and it's really not coming to me that it's a farther fence, but I know I hit it farther this time."
Ocean View scored two more runs in the inning and gave starting pitcher Braydon Salzman three more runs than he needed.
Salzman retired the first 11 batters he faced. The 12th batter, however, hit a high chopper just over the outstretched glove of first baseman Nick Pratto.
"We were very confident Braydon could come out and get the job done for us," Jeff Pratto said.
Salzman allowed just one hit and struck out four.
Windisch's second home run of the game – this time a two-run shot – highlighted a six-run second inning.
"I just tried to hit the ball hard and hopefully get on base," Windisch said.
Pool play concludes Wednesday at 7:30 p.m. against Nevada.