Japan vs. Huntington Beach: Danner, Pratto Will Learn Glory Lasts Forever
Huntington Beach's Nick Pratto just lived a moment that almost every kid who has every picked up a baseball bat has dreamed about. He got the walk off hit in the 2011 Little League World Series to give he and his teammates a 2-1 victory over Japan.
In an interview right after the game, Pratto was asked about his great LLWS run and what memory will stick out the most. He let it be quickly known that it was his last moment, and that clutch hit. Pratto said it felt good coming off of the bat and he knew he had just ended the game.
And that spawned a great moment for he and his teammates as they celebrated being crowned 2011 Little League World Series champions. These are the kinds of memories that will stay vibrant in the minds of participants and viewers.
For Pratto it was his third hit in a fantastic game. He was certainly not the only hero. Braydon Salzmen pitched the complete game and shut the door on Japan after allowing a run in the third.
California's Hagen Danner then pulled this game even with a solo home run. For Danner, it was just another highlight in a dominant tournament. He hit over .500 for the tournament. He also started two games on the mound and did not surrender a run.
This was a well played game, with few errors and many great plays. Japan played well enough to win, but they came up just short. Congratulations Huntington Beach! I am sure these boys just earned some memories they will cherish forever.
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