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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2010 > May - August > Puerto Rico Claims Its Third Big League Baseball World Series Championship, Defeats California District 13, 3-2

Puerto Rico Claims Its Third Big League Baseball World Series Championship, Defeats California District 13, 3-2

Puerto Rico Claims Its Third Big League Baseball World Series Championship, Defeats California District 13, 3-2

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Thousand Oaks, Calif., made its fifth trip to the Big League Baseball World Series in seven years, but the team from Puerto Rico District 1 was not impressed, defeating the California District 13 representative, 3-2, at J.B. “Red” Owens Complex in Easley, S.C., Wednesday night.

Puerto Rico’s Mario Avila struck out Daniel Delaney looking to end a game that saw California District 13 go 0-for-12 with runners in scoring position and strand 12 on base.

A run-scoring Ivan DeJesus single to left field broke a 2-2, fifth-inning tie and set the margin that relievers Kevin Cintron and Avila protected over the final two innings.

California District 13 opened the scoring in the third inning with a run off of an infield error, but the Puerto Rico defense stepped up on several other occasions, turning three double plays in the game.

Michael Perez gave Puerto Rico its first lead with a fourth-inning two-run homer off of the scoreboard in right field.

Trailing 2-1, the team from Thousand Oaks, answered with a run in the fourth as result of fielder’s choice, tying the game at 2-2.

Puerto Rico, which claimed Big League Baseball World Series titles in 1982 and 2002, entered the title game sporting a 5-0 record compliments of a .335 team batting average, a 35-7 advantage in runs scored and only four errors on defense against the 10 other teams in the World Series tournament.

In defeat, Timmy Ginther, who played for Conejo Valley East Little League in the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series, paced California District 13, going 3-for-3 with two doubles and a run scored.

Ginther, and three other players on the California District 13 team, played on the 2004 team that reached the World Championship game in South Williamsport, losing 5-2 to Pabao Little League from Curacao, Netherlands Antilles. Ginther’s father, Tom managed the 2004 team and was Manager of this year’s Big League Baseball World Series runner-up.

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The Puerto Rico District 1 team celebrates after capturing Little League’s Big League Baseball World Series.