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Thousand Oaks, Calif., Captures Big League Baseball World Series Championship

Editor’s note: Complete scores from all the games can be found here at http://www.littleleague.org/series/2006divisions/blbb/series.htm
EASLEY, S.C. (Aug. 5, 2006) — The Thousand Oaks (Calif.) Big League baseball team — twice runners-up in the Big League Baseball World Series — finally returned home with a title in hand after blanking Puerto Rico, 10-0, in the world championship game at the J.B. "Red" Owens Recreation Complex in Easley, S.C.

The victory was particularly gratifying for manager Ed Kitchen, a longtime Little League coach whose teams had lost to the host South Carolina team on the same field twice in the past three years.

After grabbing a 2-0 lead in the second inning on Brett Fick’s RBI single and Jason Barmasse’s run-scoring fielder's choice, Thousand Oaks’ bats really came to life in the fifth. Thousand Oaks sent 13 batters to the plate — recording nine consecutive hits during one stretch — and scored eight runs to turn a close game into an early celebration. The 10-run rule ended the game when Puerto Rico failed to score in the bottom of the fifth inning.

The fifth-inning uprising was more than enough for pitcher Max Gutierrez, who was dominant for the second time in as many World Series starts. Coming off a one-hit shutout win over U.S. East champion Delaware five days earlier, Gutierrez allowed just three hits against Puerto Rico and struck out six.

Cole Kahle sparked the offense with two hits and two runs batted in, while Fick and Cody Fierro also had two hits apiece. Every Thousand Oaks starter had at least one hit.