Chula Vista Wins Battle Of Giant LLWS Pitchers On Extra-Inning No-Hitter

  • Rick Chandler

As you see in the graphic, Grant Holman and Chad Lorkowski are nearly 13 feet of Little League player. In a ridiculous matchup in which there was only one hit and no runs combined over the regulation six innings, Chula Vista (near San Diego) finally came out on top of Grosse Point, Michigan, in the seventh, 3-0, in a first-round game of the Little League World Series.

Will Chula Vista go all the way? Here’s five important things you need to know about the Eastlake team:


Grosse Point Blank: Holman’s 7-inning no-hitter

Holman went seven innings (Little League games go a regulation six), coming within one pitch of reaching the tournament pitch limit of 85. Sixty of those were strikes. Lorkowski had a one-hit shutout through six. But he reached his pitch limit and was lifted for a reliever in the seventh, when Chula Vista broke through for three runs.


Magnificent flowbuckets


Circled on the right is Micha Pietila-Wiggs, Eastlake’s best hitter, who had a web gem in the fourth inning to keep the no-hitter alive. Playing second base, Wiggs dove to his left to snare a sharp grounder and throw out the runner by a step at first.

Circled at left is Jake Espinoza. If these kids aren’t surfers, I’ve badly misjudged mankind.


Among their fans, Dodgers’ Adrian Gonzalez and Slater from “Saved By The Bell”


This wouldn’t be the first Chula Vista team to win it all

In 2009, Park View-Chula Vista beat Taiwan, 6-3, in the championship game. In addition to meeting President Obama, Park View became the first and only Little League team to appear on “The Tonight Show With Conan O’Brien.” Jay Leno took the show back six months later.


Yikes. They actually beat this guy