Chula Vista Loses Little League World Title Game to Japan

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The Eastlake Little League team from Chula Vista lost to Japan, 6-4, Sunday in the world championship game at the Little League World Series in South Williamsport, Pa.


Brandon Padilla, 13, watches his Eastlake Little League team play a squad from Connecticut on Aug 21. (Credit: Allen J. Schaben / Los Angeles Times)

The game ended with a crisply performed double play by Japan, crushing an Eastlake rally. For Japan, it was a second straight world title.

On Saturday, Eastlake beat Westport, Conn., 12-1, for the American title, while Japan defeated Tijuana, 3-2, for the international title.

In Chula Vista, hundreds of fans crowded into the Eastlake Tavern and Bowl to watch the game on 28 large-screen televisions.

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