August 26, 2011 |
The friendship started in San Bernardino. The kids from Billings, Mont., won Little League's Northwest Region there while staying in dorm rooms adjacent to those of the Ocean View team from Huntington Beach, which won the West Region on the same field. Because the Ocean View team drove to San Bernardino, it was able to pack a television and an Xbox video game console. Because kids are kids, everybody shared. By playing video games and pingpong and generally hanging out — while winning too — the teams became great friends.