MEXICO – Guadalupe Treviño Kelly Little League from Reynosa, Tamaulipas, defeated Mexico City’s Maya Little League, 12-0, in four innings to qualify for the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 21-30.
Finishing the 12-team, two-phase tournament with an 8-0 record, Guadalupe Treviño Kelly Little League outscored its opponents 60-15, with two shutouts, in earning the league’s first World Series appearance.
Teams from Mexico have won the Little League Baseball World Series three times, the most recent in 1997 when a team from Linda Vista Little League in Guadalupe defeated South Little League of Mission Viejo, Calif., 5-4, in the world championship game. Mexico’s 2008 National Champion, Matamoros Little League, reached the Little League Baseball World Series championship game, losing to West Region Champion, Waipio Little League from Waipahu, Hawaii, 12-3.
Guadalupe Treviño Kelly Little League joins Middle East and Africa Region Champion, Arabian American Little League from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Caribbean Region Champion, Pabao Little League from Curacao in the Netherlands Antilles; Japan’s National Champion, Chiba City Little League from Tokyo; Asia-Pacific Champion, Kuei-Shan Little League from Chinese Taipei; and Latin America Region Champion, Coquivacoa Little League of Maracaibo, Venezuela, as participants in the 2009 Little League Baseball World Series.
The 63rd Little League Baseball World Series will welcome 11-12-year-olds from around the world. Sixteen teams will compete for the World Series championship.
The World Series championship game can be seen live on ABC at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 30. ABC also will televise the International Championship Game on Saturday, Aug. 29 at noon, followed by the United States championship at 3 p.m.
The 2009 World Series will be the third operated under the eight-year television contract agreement with ESPN/ABC. Five games will be televised on ABC. This will be the fourth year that all of the World Series games will be televised in high definition. For the eighth year since the tournament expanded from eight to 16 teams in 2001, every team will have games on national television.
All 32 games of the World Series will be televised again this year. Thirteen World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 14 will be televised on ESPN2. In addition, the ESPN family of networks will carry all eight of the U.S. Regional Championship finals in the Little League Baseball division. The U.S. regional finals have been televised by ESPN and ESPN2 every year since 1997.
For the second consecutive year, the New England Sports Network (NESN) is scheduled to televise four early-round games in the New England Region Tournament. The Madison Square Garden Network (MSG) is scheduled to televise four early-round games in the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament. Each tournament is to be played at Little League’s A. Bartlett Giamatti Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn.
The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided on Aug. 12, when the Europe Region Tournament in Kutno, Poland, is expected to end.
Little League Baseball and Softball is the largest organized youth sports program in the world, with 2.6 million participants in all 50 states and scores of other countries.
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Source: Little League Online