The little guys that make up the Park View Little League squad from Chula Vista are playing better than the big guys in the region who get paid to play the game of baseball.

While the San Diego Padres have experienced an insufferable campaign, the team of youngsters from the South County have provided San Diego’s true baseball memories for 2009.

Chula Vista Park View used a 9-run first inning to cruise past San Antonio 12-2 in the U.S. championship game on Saturday and will meet a team from Taiwan in Sunday’s Little League World Series title game.

The Chula Vistans have hit 19 homers in five games during a dominating run to the title game.  But the victory over San Antonio has to be viewed as the most impressive showing as the U.S. title game was called after 3 1/2 innings due to the 10-run mercy rule.

Star player Luke Ramirez, who recently turned 13, has become a folk hero in South Williamsport, Pa. He and his teammates can become South Bay icons forever should Chula Vista win Sunday’s title game.

Only one team from San Diego County has ever won the Little League World Series and that was El Cajon-La Mesa Northern Little League in 1961. The team included a player who went on to become famous in another sport — former NFL Most Valuable Player Brian Sipe, who was a star quarterback at San Diego State and recently returned to his alma mater to be new coach Brady Hoke’s quarterbacks coach.

We will find out Sunday if Northern Little League has company in the county’s youth baseball annals.


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