World Series showdown possible between Eastlake, Tijuana

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CHULA VISTA, Calif. — The Eastlake All-Stars from Chula Vista appear to be unstoppable at the Little League World Series, but so does a group of Tijuana all-stars representing Mexico.

The Eastlake and Tijuana little leagues are separated by only 15 miles.  Players and coaches from both teams know each other and have played each other before.

Two more wins for each team and they face-off for the World Series title on Sunday — a dream matchup for local fans.

“Oh, I think they would be excited by that.  It’s going to get the hometown really excited.  We have enough support on both sides.  But people are going to have to make a decision on who to cheer for,” said Catanzaro.

Mexico has outscored opponents 25-0 and is one win away from the International Championship game.

Eastlake crushed four home runs Sunday, on their way to a 15-3 win over Delaware and their second straight win in Williamsport.

Monday night in Chula Vista, more than 500 team shirts and hats ordered over the weekend were passed out to fans — with money raised going to help cover the team’s travel expenses.

“Every time they win we need to extend those hotel stays, we need to re-book those air fares,” said Jessica Catanzaro, an Eastlake Little League official.

The team is just one win away from reaching the U.S. Championship game.

The teams next take the field on Wednesday.  Eastlake will play Connecticut and Mexico will face Japan.


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