Sunday, August 28, 2011

Time for Celebration Ocean View Little League World Champions

Oops!  Someone better alert San Bernadino to use spell check in sign making.
Despite the sad news of the last couple weeks, we've also been riding a wave of excitement and celebration.  Isn't it interesting how life is like that.  In our saddest moments, we also experience many moments of joy, laughter and exuberance.

As many of you know sports are a huge part of our daily life.  Our kids play sports year-round and since moving to Southern California they've fallen in love with baseball.  Perhaps it's because they can play daily in the sunshine, but more likely, it's because we are blessed with an outstanding Little League program that is second to none.

Our local Little League All-Star team has spent the summer systematically advancing through district, state, regional, and national baseball tournaments all culminating in an electrifying win over Japan today in the Little League World Series.  They are the first team from Orange County to ever win the Little League World Series.

We've gathered with friends watching games over the summer, celebrating each win and today they accomplished something most little league players will only dream of: winning the World Series.

Here are a few photos of the road to the Little League World Series and the Big Wins in Williamsport.

Our cute President!

Mr. Personality

Northern California v. Southern California

This one was from the local newspaper

The Winners! 

Representing West!

Bound for Williamsport

Throwing a T-shirt in the give-away.

Great commercial.

The packed, HOT hang-out. 

Proud parents of Christian Catano.

Packed House!

So cute!

Mayor Carchio and my friend.

Television crews...they were ALL here!  ABC, NBC, CBS, FOX

Hagen Danner's familiy

Coach Pratto and Nick Pratto

Did I mention, PACKED HOUSE!

More camera crews

World Champions!  So proud of these boys!

The crowd started shouting, "USA, USA, USA!"  Love this town.

News interview with Danner family.
Here's a video clip of some of the festivities.

Often, when going through tough seasons, God blesses us with events that bring us joy.  Today was a day filled with Joy!

Congratulations Ocean View Little League!  Well Done!

Celebrating with Ocean View/ West Baseball sugar cookies. Recipe to follow.

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