Eastlake All-Stars win Little League World Series opener

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Grant HolmanWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. — The Eastlake Little League All-Stars from Chula Vista won their first game in the Little League World Series Friday with a no-hitter against a Michigan team thrown by pitcher Grant Holman.

The team from Chula Vista beat the Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores Little League All-Stars from Grosse Pointe, Mich., 3-0 in the seven-inning game in South Williamsport, Pa.

The game was scoreless until the top of the seventh inning, when Eastlake scored three runs to take the lead. Eastlake’s Holman struck out 13 batters and pitched seven complete innings of no-hit baseball.

Eastlake will play Sunday at 2 p.m. against the winner of Friday’s game between the all-star teams from the Newark National Little League from Newark, Del., the Mid-Atlantic Region champion, and the Urbandale Little League from Urbandale, Iowa.

Eastlake won four tournaments to become the 10th San Diego County team to qualify for the World Series, posting a 18-1 record.

“They’re a great team,” said Rudy Lopez, the manager of Belmont- Redwood Shores Little League All-Stars, the only team to defeat Eastlake. “They have some great pitching. They hit the ball hard.”

Eastlake lost to Belmont-Redwood Shores, 3-2, Aug. 7 in the final West Region pool play game for both teams. Eastlake avenged the loss by defeating Belmont-Redwood Shores, 9-0, Saturday in the West Region Tournament championship game.

Eastlake is the first San Diego County team to qualify for the Little League World Series since 2009, when the Park View Little League All-Stars from Chula Vista won the Little League World Series.

Eight U.S. teams are playing in a double-elimination format to determine the two participants in the U.S. Championship game, which is set for Aug. 24.

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