Calif. Team Wins Little League World Series

Chula Vista overcomes 3-0 deficit with 4th-inning single
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 30, 2009 4:53 PM CDT
Chula Vista, California shortstop Andy Rios (6) makes a catch in Little League World Series baseball pool play in South Williamsport, Pa., Saturday, Aug. 22, 2009.   (AP Photo/Gene J. Puskar)
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(Newser) – California came up big late to win the Little League World Series. Bulla Graft's single scored the go-ahead run in the fourth inning and Chula Vista rallied to defeat Taoyuan, Taiwan, 6-3 today to take the Little League crown. Kiko Garcia pitched three-plus scoreless innings of relief to settle down a California team that fell behind 3-0 early.

California scored a run in the third before surging ahead in the fourth. California tied it on a sacrifice fly and wild pitch before Graft's single with two outs scored Andy Rios for a 4-3 lead. Garcia got Yu Chieh Kao to strike out to end the game. The United States has won five straight titles.