On a morning talk show Monday, KNBR 680 radio
broadcaster Dave Fleming gave the Belmont Redwood Shores Little League team a
reassuring pat on the back.
Referring to the 11/12-year-old All Stars' loss in the final game of the Western Regional Tournament to Chula Vista from Southern California, Fleming said, “The team from Belmont has nothing to be embarrassed about. This team from Chula Vista is amazing, and we may just see them in the Little League World Series championship game, possibly against the team from Tijuana.”
In fact, the team from Chula Vista, (who handily beat Belmont 9-0 in the finals) won 6-3 in extra innings in Williamsport, PA on Wednesday to earn a berth in the U.S. Title game at the LLWS, according to the San Jose Mercury News.
Grant Holman, the pitcher who shut out the Belmont team in the championship game, hit a three-run homer in the ninth inning to claim victory over Westport, CT. According to the Merc, Westport plays Sammamish, WA today; the winner of that game will face Chula Vista for the U.S. Title.
In July, Belmont Redwood Shores swept the tournament for California's District 52, which is comprised of 14 Little Leagues from Pacifica to Palo Alto.
They followed by winning the sectionals, and then moved on to the divisional tournament to become Northern California champions, having to beat a tough Santa Cruz team twice in Roseville.
According to Doug Rebert, Little League district administrator, the amazing run by the BRSLL All-Stars marked the first time since 1967 that a team from District 52 has made it to the West Regional.