Park View falls to Iowa in Little League World Series opener

CHULA VISTA, Calif. -- The all-star team from the Chula Vista-based Park View Little League fell by a score of 5-1 to its counterpart from the Johnston Little League of Johnston, Iowa, Friday at the Little League World Series.

“They made it. Win or lose, they’re here. They made it this far. So you know what? That is special,” said Park View Little League Fan Helen Chaffee.

People from all over San Diego County showed up at BJ’s Little League Viewing Party in Chula Vista to watch the team and cheer them on.

“Hopefully we’ll take it all the way and come back and celebrate here in Chula Vista and around town,” said a supporter of Park View Little League Catcher Anthony Soto, Salvador Camargo.

Louie Soto is the uncle of Park View Little League catcher Anthony Soto.

“Thank you for the support for everybody in San Diego, please keep supporting them please donate. It takes a lot to get there and for these kids to go through this,” said Uncle of Park View Little League Catcher Anthony Soto, Louie Soto.  He says it’s so great to see the boys enjoying this once in a lifetime experience.

Ernest Guerrero played on the park view little league in the ‘80’s.

“I played for Park View in 81-82,” said Former Park View Little Leaguer, Ernest Guerrero.

Guerrero played on the park view little league in the ‘80’s. They didn’t make it to the world series that year, but he’s proud of the boys and knows what kind of work and focus it takes.

He says despite the boys loss against Iowa, these kids are all winners.

“All winners regardless, in my heart for Park View, from Chula Vista,” said Guerrero.

The loss means Park View, which had won 11 consecutive games since losing its opener in the Southern California South Subregional July 23, will play Saturday against the loser of tonight's match between teams representing the Southwest and Great Lakes.

The loser Saturday would be relegated to the consolation bracket, ineligible to win the Little League World Series.

Park View is the 12th team from San Diego County to reach the Little League World Series and fourth from the South Bay in eight years. It won the 2009 Little League World Series.