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California team's big bats on display in Little League World Series

Offense is what led Chula Vista, Calif., to the Little League World Series, and the West champions finally put their big bats on display Sunday.Jake Espinoza, Micah Pietila-Wiggs, Michael Gaines and Grant Holman all homered in a mercy rule-shortened 15-3 victory over Newark, Del.Holman was the one to cap an eight-run fourth inning, by hitting the first pitch he faced over the fence in center for a game-ending grand slam.Now that's more like it, Chula Vista manager Rick Tibbett said, referring to a team that average 11 runs in six games to clinch the West championship."That's what we do best," Tibbett said, whose team needed an extra inning to pull out a 3-0 victory over Grosse Pointe, Mich., in the series opener. And Tibbett certainly wasn't bothered Sunday, when his team trailed 2-0 after the top of the first inning."Yeah, two runs is not going to keep us down. It just doesn't," Tibbett said. "Normally, we score 8-10 runs a game. It didn't bother us one bit."Chula Vista (2-0) advanced...

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