Huntington Beach Little League scored four runs in the third and five runs in the fifth inning, showing more than enough firepower to prevail against Las Vegas Silverado Little League and clinch the No. 1 seed out of West Region pool play.
Nick Pratto went 3-for-3 with a double off the top of the fence while Hagen Danner drove in four runs for Southern California (4-0), which will play No. 4-seeded Utah in the semifinals Friday at 8 p.m. Braydon Salzman also drove in two runs for So Cal while Anthony Martinez and Ryo Takada joined Pratto by scoring two runs each.
Nevada (2-2) will play Northern California in the semis on Friday at 2 p.m. It could have captured the No. 1 seed with a win but was unable to match So Cal’s run barrage, though it did get a two-run home run from first baseman Omar Ortiz in the fourth inning.