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ESPN to Show Record Number of Little League World Series Games


We all know the Little League World Series from what is shown on ESPN. But don’t forget that there are other levels of Little League Baseball that have their own World Series, and many of them are just as exciting as the big one shown on ESPN.

Below is the schedule for the tournaments. We will try to bring you updates on the tournaments. ESPN will be televising the championship games of all of them I believe starting August 2nd. They will also be televising 91 of the regional games from the LLWS making it a record number of games that they will be showing this summer.

  • Big League Baseball (15/16/17/18-year-olds)
    • July 26 to Aug. 2 – Easley, S.C. (Easley Recreation Complex)
    • 16th season in Easley; 49th season overall
    • 2015 Champion: Puerto Rico District 13 (Arroyo)
  • Little League Intermediate (50/70) Baseball (11/12/13-year-olds)
    • July 31 to Aug. 7 – Livermore, Calif. (Max Baer Park)
    • 4th season in Livermore; 4th season overall
    • 2015 Champion: West Seoul Little League (Seoul, South Korea)
  • Senior League Baseball (14/15/16-year-olds)
    • July 31 to Aug. 6 – Bangor, Maine (Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium)
    • 15th season in Bangor; 56th season overall
    • 2015 Champion: West University Little League (Houston, Texas)
  • Junior League Baseball (13/14-year-olds)
    • Aug. 14 to Aug. 21 – Taylor, Mich. (Heritage Park)
    • 36th season in Taylor; 36th season overall
    • 2015 Champion: Chung-Shan Little League (Taichung, Chinese Taipei)
  • Little League Baseball® (11/12-year-olds)
    • Aug. 18 to Aug. 28 – South Williamsport, Pa. (Lamade/Volunteer Stadiums)
    • 58th season in South Williamsport; 70th season overall
    • 2015 Champion: Tokyo Kitasuna Little League (Tokyo, Japan)

You can see the full schedule of what ESPN will show and on what channel from the link below. Everything kicks off with television coverage on August 1st.

ESPN to Showcase 137 Little League Baseball and Softball World Series Games, the Most Games ESPN Has Ever Covered for the Tournament

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LLWS: Rematch Between Mexico and Japan for International Championship


WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – The International Championship Game is set and we will have a rematch of one of the better games in the tournament so far.

Mexico defeated Panama (Latin America) 4-2 in seven innings on Thursday to set up a rematch against Japan in the International Championship Game.

Jorge Romero had a huge game for Mexico. He pitched three innings in relief to earn the win giving up just four hits. He also had the biggest hit of the game. In the top of the seventh with one out, Romero hit a two-run home run to give Mexico a 4-2 lead.

Mexico’s bats were quiet until the fifth inning. Down 1-0, Brandon Montes (2-for-3) homered to tie the game at one. As the inning continued, Alexander Artalejo singled in the go ahead run.

Panama wouldn’t stay down for long. In the bottom of the fifth inning they tied the game. Jean Mar Sanchez (2-for-2) led off the inning with a single. He was quickly sacrificed to second base. Juan Crisp (2-for-2) singled putting runners at the corners with one out when Jordan Agrazal came through. On a 2-1 count, Agrazal hit a sacrifice fly to drive in Sanchez with the tying run.

And that is where the score would stay until the big Romero home run.

Panama fell short once again. In 2012, it made it to the International Championship Game after knocking out Mexico. However, this year Mexico got its revenge and will face off with Japan once again.

Japan defeated Mexico in their first match up 5-2 after getting three runs in the bottom of the fifth inning to break a 2-2 tie. The two will play for a chance at the Little League World Series Championship Game on Saturday.

On the United States side, the Northwest and New England will play on Friday for a chance at the US Championship Game.  New England won the first match between these two teams 9-7 after holding off a late rally from the Northwest. New England led the game 9-1 but Northwest would come back late to make it a close game.

The winner will play the West in the US Championship Game on Saturday afternoon.

2013 Little League World Series Schedule:

Friday August 23
3:00 pm Northwest vs New England

Saturday August 24
10:30 am Challenger Game
12:30 pm International Championship – Japan vs Mexico
3:00 pm United States Championship – West vs Northwest/New England

Sunday August 25
11:00 am Third Place Game
3:00 pm World Series Championship

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2013 Little League World Series Underway


WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – Each team in the 2013 Little League World Series has played a game as the tournament heats up this weekend. Over the first two days, there were some close games, some blowouts, and a no-hitter.

Grant Holman of the U.S. West (Chula Vista, CA.) tossed the first no-hitter of the 2013 Little League World Series against the Great Lakes (Grosse Pointe, MI.). Holman threw seven innings striking out 13 without allowing a hit. He walked one.

The game between the West and Great Lakes was an exciting one even without the no-hitter. Neither team could score in the regulation six innings. But then the West broke it open with three runs in the top of the seventh inning. Patrick Archer came up with the big two-run single to put the West on top.

He didn’t throw a no-hitter, but Great Lakes starter Chad Lorkowski pitched great too. He pitched six innings allowing just one hit and striking out 12.

Another exciting game was between the U.S. Southeast (Nashville, TN.) and New England (Westport, CT.). With the game tied 1-1, the Southeast picked up a run to take the lead in the top of the fifth. However, New England came right back with two runs of its own in the bottom of the fifth and held on for a 3-2 win.

In some other action:

Mexico blew out Australia 12-0. It was the first game Australia has ever played in the LLWS. Also sending a team to Williamsport for the first time is the Czech Republic. They got their tournament started with a 7-3 loss to Japan.

The double elimination tournament continues through next Thursday before the pool championship games are played on Saturday August 24.

You can catch each game on ESPN, ESPN2, or ABC all week long.

2013 Little League World Series Standings:

United States Pool:

1. Mid-Atlantic 1-0
1. New England 1-0
1. Northwest 1-0
1. West 1-0
5. Great Lakes 0-1
5. Midwest 0-1
5. Southeast 0-1
5. Southwest 0-1

International Pool:

1. Asia-Pacific 1-0
1. Latin America 1-0
1. Japan 1-0
1. Mexico 1-0
5. Australia 0-1
5. Canada 0-1
5. Caribbean 0-1
5. Europe & Africa 0-1

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Teams are Set for the 2013 Little League World Series


The teams are set for the 2013 Little League World Series in Williamsport, Pennsylvania. Sixteen teams from around the world will compete to claim perhaps one of the biggest prizes in amateur baseball.

The teams are split into two pools, the USA Pool and International Pool. The teams will play a round robin tournament beginning Thursday August 15 and concluding Thursday August 22. The top two teams in each pool will play each other for the chance to represent in the World Series Championship Game. Every game will be broadcast on one of the ESPN networks or ABC.

Last season, Japan defeated the U.S. Southeast (Tennessee) in the championship game. While Tokyo is back, it is a different Little League. Tennessee is also back, but again it is a different Little League. It does mark the first time a team from Nashville has made the Little League World Series since 1970. Last year’s team was from just outside of Nashville.

United States Pool:

Great Lakes: Grosse Pointe Woods-Shores LL – Grosse Pointe, Michigan
Mid-Atlantic: Newark National LL – Newark, Delaware
Midwest: Urbandale LL – Urbandale, Iowa
New England: Westport LL – Westport, Connecticut
Northwest: Eastlake LL – Sammamish, Washington
Southeast: South Nashville LL – Nashville, Tennessee
Southwest: Universal LL – Corpus Christi, Texas
West: Eastlake LL – Chula Vista, California

International Pool:

Asia-Pacific: Chung-Ping LL – Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei
Australia: Perth Metro Central LL – Perth, Australia
Canada: East Nepean LL – Ottawa, Ontario
Caribbean: Samaritana LL – San Lorenzo, Puerto Rico
Europe & Africa: South Moravia LL – Brno, Czech Republic
Latin America: Aguadulce Cabezera LL – Aguadulce, Panama
Japan: Musashi Fuchu LL – Tokyo, Japan
Mexico: Municipal De Tijuana LL – Tijuana, Baja California

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Japan Wins 2012 Little League World Series Title


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – The team from Goodlettsville, Tennessee came into the 2012 Little League World Series Championship coming off a win in one of the most memorable games in recent memory. However, they couldn’t find the magic again falling to Japan 12-2 in the championship game.

A day after scoring 24 runs against California, Japan held Tennessee to just 2 hits, home runs by Brock Myers and Lorenzo Butler.

Japan was led by Noriatsu Osaka who went 4-for-4 with a triple and 3 home runs driving in 4 runs from the lead off spot. Yuta Ishida chipped in with 2 hits including a home run and 3 RBI as Japan powered their way to the title. Rintaro Hirano also homered for Japan en route to the win.

Kotaro Kiyomiya picked up his 2nd win of the tournament going 4 innings allowing only 1 run on a single hit while striking out 8. Justin Smith, who hadn’t pitched in the LLWS or the Southeast Regional, got the start for Tennessee allowing 5 runs on 7 hits in 3 innings.

The championship was Japan’s 8th and 2nd in the last 3 years. Goodlettsville, a Nashville suburb, was the first team from Tennessee to advance to South Williamsport since Morristown in 1987.

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US Southeast Powers Its Way to 2012 Little League World Series Championship Game


WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – In what will go down as one of the all-time great games not only in the 2012 Little League World Series but of all time, Goodlettsville, TN (representing the US Southeast) defeated Petaluma, CA (West) 24-16 in the United States Championship Game on Saturday afternoon.

The West team rallied back from a 10 run deficit in the bottom of the 6th to tie the game at 15 pushing it into extra innings. The West team rallied to within 3 runs before Kempton Brandis and Hance Smith hit back-to-back home runs to tie the game and force the extra frame.

However, the West couldn’t take the lead or hold on. In the top of the 7th, the Southeast scored 9 runs capped by a Jayson Brown 2-run home run.

The teams combined for a total of 35 hits, 7 walks, and 7 home runs. But the biggest day came from Goodlettsville’s Lorenzo Butler who set a record for RBI with 9 and tied the record for home runs with 3. He finished the game 3-for-5 with 4 runs scored.

The team from Tennessee with face of with Japan in the championship game as they defeated Panama (Latin America) 10-2 in the International Championship.

Japan slugged 5 home runs in the championship game to advance including two from Kotaro Kiyomiya.

The World Series Championship Game is set for 3pm Sunday. It will be shown live on ABC and ESPN3.com.

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2012 Little League World Series International and US Championship Games Set


WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – The US and International Championship games are set for the 2012 Little League World Series. In the International Championship, Japan (3-0) will face off with Latin America. (3-1). In the US Championship, the West (Petaluma, CA) will square off with Southeast (Goodlettsville, TN) to determine who will play in the Little League World Series Championship.

Japan defeated Latin America 4-1 last Wednesday. Japan blasted two home runs and got a good start from Ryuji Osada to pick up the win giving Latin America its only loss.

In the US Championship, undefeated Goodlettsville, TN will take on Petaluma, CA. In their first meeting, the Southeast defeated the West 9-6 nearly a week ago. It was the West’s only loss in the tournament so far. The first game was an exciting one. The game was tied going into the final inning when the Southeast scored 4 runs which included a 2-run triple and a 2-run home run to put the game out of reach. Don’t count out the West though as they have hit the second most home runs with 10 so far including 4 in the loss to the Southeast.

The championship games will take place on Saturday. The winners will advance to the Little League World Series Championship while the losers will play in the consolation game on Sunday.

Saturday August 25th
12:30 pm International Championship
Japan vs Latin America

3:30 pm US Championship
Southeast vs West

Sunday August 26th
11:00 am Consolation Game
3:00 pm World Series Championship

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2012 Little League World Series Updates


WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – The 2012 Little League World Series is only five days old and already there have been some exciting games.

On Monday, Will Lucas of Fairfield, Conn. (New England) tossed a no-hitter striking out 13 beating New Castle, Ind. (Great Lakes). Matt Kubel homered for New England in the 4-0 victory moving the team to 2-1 in the standings.

Uganda finally made it to Williamsport as the team from Lugazi, Uganda was given visas a year after a team from Kampala was denied visas by the US State Department for irregular and insufficient birth documentation. The trip marks the first for a team from Africa.

Perhaps the most thrilling game so far was a 9 inning affair between Japan and Chinese Taipei. It was only the third time the two met at the Little League World Series since they both used to compete in the same regional tournament. It definitely lived up to expectations.

The two teams combined for 30 strikeouts and only 9 hits. Time after time one team would come up with a big strikeout or a key defensive play to keep the game going. Then in the bottom of the 9th with one out, Hajime Motegi hit a high fastball over the center field fence for a 2-run home run to win the game in walk-off fashion.

The win kept Japan undefeated and dropped Chinese Taipei to 1-1.

2012 Little League World Series Schedule:

Tuesday August 21st
Consolation Game – MEA vs Northwest
Game 21 (INT) – Caribbean vs Mexico
Game 22 (US) – West vs New England

Wednesday August 22nd
Game 23 (INT) – Latin America vs Japan
Game 24 (US) – Southeast vs Southwest

Thursday August 23rd
Game 25 (INT) – Winner Game 21 vs Loser Game 23
Game 26 (US) – Winner Game 22 vs Loser Game 24

Saturday August 25th
International Championship
US Championship

Sunday August 26th
Consolation Game
World Series Championship

Current Standings:

United States Pool:
1. Southeast 2-0
2. Southwest 2-0
3. West 2-1
4. Great Lakes 1-2
5. Mid-Atlantic 1-2
6. New England 1-2
7. Midwest 0-2
8. Northwest 0-2

International Pool:
1. Japan 2-0
2. Latin America 2-0
3. Caribbean 2-1
4. Mexico 2-1
5. Asia-Pacific 1-2
6. Canada 1-2
7. Europe 0-2
8. MEA 0-2

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The 66th Little League World Series Starts Thursday


WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – The 66th Little League World Series begins on Thursday August 16th. Sixteen teams from around the world will compete to become the new champion.

The tournament is broken into two pools with the International Pool and United States Pool. The participating teams are as follows:

United States Pool:
Great Lakes – New Castle, Indiana
Mid-Atlantic – Parsippany, New Jersey
Midwest – Kearney, Nebraska
New England – Fairfield, Connecticut
Northwest – Gresham, Oregon
Southeast – Goodlettsville, Tennessee
Southwest – San Antonio, Texas
West – Petaluma, California

International Pool:
Asia-Pacific – Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei
Canada – Vancouver, British Columbia
Caribbean – Willemstad, Curacao
Europe -Ramstein, Germany
Japan – Tokyo, Japan
Latin America – Aguadulce, Panama
MEA – Lugazi, Uganda
Mexico – Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas

The tournament runs through Sunday August 26th. Many of the games will be shown on ABC or ESPN. Check your local listings for times and channels.

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2012 Senior League World Series Kicks Off Sunday


BANGOR, Maine – The 2012 Senior League World Series kicks off on Sunday afternoon. Ten teams will compete for the title with a new champion being crowned this year as last year’s champion from Hawaii lost in the West Regional Tournament Championship.

The teams that are competing are:

Pool A
Canada – Montreal, Quebec
Central – Grand Rapids, Michigan
East – Auburn, Massachusetts
Latin America – Guatemala City, Guatemala
Host – Bangor, Maine

Pool B
Asia Pacific – Auckland, New Zealand
EMEA – Emilia, Italy
Southeast – Brevard County, Florida
Southwest – Houston, Texas
West – Lemon Grove, California

The tournament runs through Saturday August 18th. The top two teams in each pool will advance to the semi-finals on Friday August 17th. The championship will be broadcast on ESPN3.com.

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2012 Little League World Series Regional Tournament Updates


WILLIAMSPORT, Pennsylvania – After Chinese Taipei became one of the first teams to advance to the 2012 Little League World Series, Uganda became the first African nation to advance to Williamsport defeating Kuwait 5-2 in the championship game of the MEA Regional Tournament.

In other action, Curacao defeated Puerto Rico 10-1 to win the Caribbean Regional Tournament. Curacao rolled through the tournament outscoring their opponents 65 to 7.

In the Latin American Regional, Panama defeated Venezuela 6-5 to advance to the Little League World Series. Four of the five games Panama won were close games. They won three of the games by a single run and another by only 3 runs.

In the Japan Regional Tournament, a team from Tokyo Kitasuna Little League defeated Matsusake City 11-0 to advance. Kitasuna won the final three rounds of the tournament by 10 or more runs dominating the competition.

The eight American regional tournaments and the Canadian regional will take place in early August. The Europe and Mexico regionals will start this weekend and end the following weekend. After which each of the regional winners will play in the 2012 Little League World Series in Williamsport, PA from August 16-26.

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Lugazi Little League of Uganda Wins Regional Title, to be First African Team in Little League Baseball World Series


Press Release Little League Baseball

SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 16, 2012) – For the first time in the 66-year history of the Little League Baseball World Series, a team from Africa will be in the field.  Lugazi Little League from Lugazi, Uganda, won the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Region Tournament today with a 5-2 victory over Kuwait Little League from Kuwait City, Kuwait.

The five-team, four-day tournament was played at the Little League Baseball European Leadership Training Center in Kutno, Poland.

Little League in Uganda is relatively new with the first local leagues chartering in 2005.

Lugazi is located in the southeastern area of the landlocked country, about 31 miles east of the capital city of Kampala. The Lugazi Little League is one of five chartered Little Leagues in Uganda, with four Little League (Majors) Baseball Division teams, and four Junior League Baseball Division teams. There are more than 700 boys and girls currently playing Little League Baseball and Softball in Uganda.

In 2011, a team from a different Ugandan local league, located in the capital city of Kampala, defeated a team from Saudi Arabia in the final game of the MEA Region Tournament. However, irregularities in the team’s birth and residence documents led to the U.S. State Department denying entry visas for the team. As a result, the Saudi Arabia team was awarded the regional title and competed in the 2011 World Series instead.

“After last year’s World Series, we met with State Department officials to work on ways to avoid a repeat of last year’s unfortunate situation,” Patrick W. Wilson, Little League International Senior Vice President of Operations and Program Development, said. “The meetings focused on ensuring that all players on the team, as well as the manager and coaches, would have all the necessary paperwork before the Uganda national championship team even traveled to Poland for the regional tournament.”

The next step for the Uganda team is to return to Uganda and begin the process of applying through the U.S. Embassy in Kampala for visas to enter the United States.

“In the months since our meetings with the U.S. State Department, we have been working with the local Little Leagues in Uganda on the methods to obtain the proper documents,” Mr. Wilson said. “We are grateful to the State Department for its assistance. As a result, we are now cautiously optimistic that the Uganda team will be joining us next month in South Williamsport for the 66th Little League Baseball World Series.”

Little League International, as with all teams traveling to and from all eight World Series tournaments in baseball and softball, pays all the travel, food and lodging expenses for the players, manager, and coaches. The Uganda team is expected to arrive in the U.S. in the second week of August.

Lugazi Little League posted a 3-1 record in pool play earning the No. 1 seed, and a spot in the championship game, on the basis of Little League’s tie-breaking rules.  Kuwait Little League and Arabian American Little League from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, also finished pool play with 3-1 records.  Kuwait Little League earned the other spot in the title game by virtue of winning the head-to-head game against Arabian American Little League.  All three teams involved defeated each other, creating the need to use the tie-breaker.

The new Middle East & Africa Champion suffered its only loss in the tournament, a 2-1 decision, to Arabian American Little League in its first game.  Lugazi Little League allowed only five runs in its five tournament games.

Lugazi Little League joins Aguadulce Cabezera Little League from Aguadulce, Panama, the Latin America Region Champion; Kitasuna Little League from Tokyo, Japan, the Japan Region Tournament Champion; Asia-Pacific Region Champion, Kuei-Shan Little League from Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei; and Pariba Little League from Willemstad, Curacao, the Caribbean Region Champion, in the 16-team Little League Baseball World Series field.

Lugazi Little League will play their first World Series game on Aug. 17, against the Latin America Region Champion, Aguadulce Cabezera Little League from Aguadulce, Panama.

The 66th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, will be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 16-26. Sixteen teams from around the world will vie for the coveted title of World Champion.

The World Series will use the same format as last year with the teams split into two eight-team brackets – a U.S. bracket and an International bracket.

The 2012 World Series is the sixth under an eight-year television contract with ESPN/ABC. All games of the World Series will be televised live, in high definition, on the ESPN family of networks or ABC. ABC will air the World Series championship game, Aug. 26 at 3 p.m., and the U.S. and International Championship games the previous day beginning with the International contest at 12:30 p.m. and the U.S. game to follow. For the second year, all 21 World Series games played at Lamade Stadium will air on ESPN 3D.

As has been the case since 1997, everyone can follow the road to South Williamsport for the squads from the U.S. with ESPN and its family of networks coverage of the Little League Baseball regionals. Live coverage of the semifinals and championship game at all eight regional sites begins August 7. In addition, the New England Sports Network (NESN) will televise four pool play games in the New England Regional, played at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn., and both semifinals.

A new addition this year to the television schedule will feature the televising of all pool play games of the Southwestern Region Little League Baseball Tournament in Waco, Texas, by the Longhorn Network, part of the ESPN family, Aug. 3-6.

The U.S. regional finals will be televised as follows (all times eastern U.S. time): Southwestern Region (Aug. 9, 9 p.m., Waco, Texas, ESPN2); Southeast Region (Aug. 10, 7 p.m., Warner Robins, Ga., ESPN); Great Lakes Region (Aug. 10, 1 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN); New England Region (Aug. 11, 6 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN); Northwest Region (Aug. 11, 4 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); Midwest Region (Aug. 11, 2 p.m., Indianapolis, Ind., ESPN); West Region (Aug. 11, 8 p.m., San Bernardino, Calif., ESPN); and Mid-Atlantic Region (Aug. 12, 5 p.m., Bristol, Conn., ESPN2).

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided July 27 when the champion in the Mexico Region Tournament will be determined.

Ocean View Little League from Huntington Beach, Calif., captured the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series Championship scoring a run in the bottom of the sixth inning for a 2-1 victory over Hamamatsu Minami Little League, the Japan Region Champion.

Follow every pitch of the Little League Baseball World Series on the Little League web site (www.LittleLeague.org).

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Chinese Taipei Advances to 2012 Little League World Series


Chinese Taipei defeated Hong Kong in the finals of the Asia Pacific (ASPAC) Region of Little League to advance to the 2012 Little League World Series. The Chinese Taipei team belted out 12 hits en route to a 12-2 victory.

The tournament took place in Taichung City, and now the team will take a trip to Williamsport, PA.

Hong Kong was a big surprise in the tournament defeating South Korea in the semi-final round 3-2.

South Korea finished in third place defeating Saipan 2-1 in the consolation match.

Chinese Taipei becomes the first team to advance to the LLWS. Other regional tournaments will be played over the next few weeks leading up to the World Series.

The Little League World Series will take place in Williamsport, PA from August 16 to 26.

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LLWS: California Wins 7th Little League Title Over Japan


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT, Pa – Braydon Salzman pitched a complete game 3 hitter holding the Japanese offense to just 1 run en route to earning his second victory of the LLWS and helping earn California its 7th Little League World Series title.

Salzman struck out 9 in the victory. On the offensive side of the ball, Nick Pratto went 3-for-4 to improve his average for the tournament to .429. Pratto came up big for California in the bottom of the 6th inning. With 2 outs and the bases loaded, Pratto came up big with a single to centerfield to win the game.

Salzman had led off the inning with a walk. Dylan Palmer followed with a single to center field to put two runners on with no outs. After a strikeout, Hagen Danner reached on an error by the shortstop loading the bases for California. Trevor Windisch was next up and grounded into a force out keeping the bases loaded for Pratto. After two straight balls, Pratto laced the next pitch up the middle for the winning hit.

Hagen Danner drove in the first run for California in the 3rd to tie the game at 1 with his 2nd homerun of the tournament. Of the 3 runs to score in the game, Danner’s home run was the only one that was earned. Both teams were plagued by errors that were very costly, none more so than the error in the top of the 6th by Japan’s shortstop.

California is now tied with Japan with 7 titles which ranks 2nd behind Taiwan’s 17. California has now won 2 of the last 3 titles. Japan goes home as the runner up after having defeated Hawaii in the 2010 championship game.

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LLWS: Championship Game Set with Japan vs US West


SOUTH WILLIAMSPORT – In the International Championship, Japan downed Mexico avenging its only loss in the tournament fromnearly a week earlier. In the US Championship, the West defeated the Northwest 11-2 to earn a trip to the championship. Like Japan, the win avenged its only loss in the tournament which came 1-0 to the Northwest.

Japan 5, Mexico 2

Yoshiki Suzuki, who got a no-decision in the first match up, pitched a complete game to earn his 2nd victory of the tournament. He went all 6 innings allowing 2 runs, 1 earned, on 7 hits while striking out 7 to put Japan in the championship game. Japan pounded out 10 hits to score 5 runs getting 2 in the 3rd, 2 in the 4th, and 1 in the 5th.

West 11, Northwest 2

Third baseman Dylan Palmer went 2-for-4 driving in 3 runs and blasting his 1st home run of the series to led the way for the West offense. Nick Pratto added 3 RBIs of his own going 2-for-4 with a double. He also pitched 5.1 innings to pick up the win. Hagen Danner continued his hot hitting streak by setting the table going 3-for-4. He is hitting .556 in the series as the West heads into the championship game.

Cole McKenzie blasted his first home run for the Northwest going 2-for-3 in the loss.

The Championship Game will take place at noon on Sunday from Lamade Stadium.

Japan is looking for its 8th title (2nd behind Taiwan), while California will be trying for its 7th title (1st among the States and 3rd overall).

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LLWS Scores and Schedules


Williamsport, PA – The 65th Little League World Series (LLWS) kicked off on Thursday with some exciting games. To kick off the tournament, Mexico squared off with Asia-Pacific. All of the first day games were close except for one where Japan took it too the Caribbean team 12-1.

Sunday’s slate of games should be good as the 4 undefeated teams in both brackets will all face off against each other.

Thursday August 18, 2011
Mexico 3, Asia Pacific 0
Northwest 6, Midwest 4
Japan 12, Caribbean 1
Southeast 0, Southwest 2

Friday August 19, 2011
Middle East and Africa 5, Canada 6
West 11, New England 0
Europe 1, Latin America 6
Mid-Atlantic 0, Great Lakes 1

Saturday August 20, 2011
Asia-Pacific 20, Caribbean 3
Southeast 6, Midwest 3
Middle East and Africa 4, Europe 2
New England 0, Mid-Atlantic 2

Sunday August 21, 2011
Latin America vs Canada
Northwest vs Southwest
West vs Great Lakes
Japan vs Mexico

International Bracket
Japan (1-0)
Latin America (1-0)
Mexico (1-0)
Canada (1-0)
Asia-Pacific (1-1)
Middle East and Africa (1-1)
Caribbean (0-2)
Europe (0-2)

U.S. Bracket
West (1-0)
Northwest (1-0)
Southwest (1-0)
Great Lakes (1-0)
Mid-Atlantic (1-1)
Southeast (1-1)
Midwest (0-2)
New England (0-2)

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Texas Squad Advance to 2010 LLWS


UNITED STATES – Pearland (Texas) Little League hit one more home run than its opponent, Eagle Pass (Texas) Little League, in the Southwest Region Little League Baseball Championship Game and that was the difference in a 5-3 victory, as Pearland Little League earned the first berth for a U.S. team in this year’s Little League Baseball World Series.

Pearland Little League, the Texas East Champion, took the lead for good in the title game on a three-run home run by Jorge Gutierrez in the first inning. Teammate Beau Orlando added a solo shot in the second and Chris Leger hit a round-tripper in fifth. Eagle Pass Little League also scored all of its runs on home runs, a solo home run by Ricardo Gonzalez in the first frame and a two-run shot by Armando Lopez with two outs in the bottom of the fifth.

After the Lopez home run, Mason Van Noort took over for Pearland Little League starter, Beau Orlando, and shut the door retiring the last four batters on three strikeouts and a ground ball to earn the save. Orlando, who picked up his third victory of the tournament, was also one the offensive leaders hitting .750 (12-of-16) with four home runs, 10 runs scored and 10 RBI in the eight-team tournament held at Little League Southwestern Region Headquarters in Waco, Texas.

In winning the right to represent the Southwest in the World Series, Pearland Little League won all five of its games in the regional by a combined score of 47-12. They handed Eagle Pass Little League their only two losses of the tournament having beaten then by a 7-5 count in the opener for both teams.

This will be the first World Series appearance for the league located outside of Houston. They are the 17th team from Texas to earn a spot on the Series with teams from the Lone Star State capturing two World Series championships while five teams have finished second.

Pearland Little League joins the Europe Champion, Kaiserslautern Military Community American Little League from Ramstein Air Base, Germany; the Latin America Champion, Chitre Little League from Chitre, Panama; the Mexico Champion, Oriente Little League from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas; the Middle East and Africa Champion, Arabian American Little League; the Asia-Pacific Champion, Fu-Hsing Little League from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei; the Caribbean Region Champion, Jose M. Rodriguez Little League from Manati, Puerto Rico; and the Japan Region Champion, Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo, in the World Series field.

The Pearland Little League squad will be in Pool B for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Midwest Region Champion on Aug. 20 in their first game.

The 64th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, will be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 20-29. Sixteen teams from around the world will vie for the coveted title of World Champion.

Source: Little League Online

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Teams Book Tickets To 2010 LLWS


MEXICO – Oriente Little League from Nuevo Laredo, Tamaulipas won twice in a single day in the Little League Baseball Mexico Region Tournament to capture the league’s first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series. Oriente defeated Satellite Little League from Juarez, Chihuahua, 3-1, in the championship game.

The fifth team to earn their way into the World Series posted a 7-0 win over Satellite Little League in the first game to force a title game in the double-elimination championship round of the tournament contested in Monterrey, Mexico.

The team from Satellite Little League handed Oriente Little League their only loss in the tournament, 4-3, yesterday, forcing the eventual champion to win its next three games to earn the trip to South Williamsport, Pa. Oriente Little League stayed alive with a 4-2 win yesterday over Felix Arce Little League from Mexicali/Baja, Calif., before taking both games today.

Oriente Little League finished the five-day tournament with a 9-1 record after posting the only perfect 5-0 mark in pool play. Satellite Little League, which was in the same pool as Oriente Little League, advanced to the championship round after the defensive runs allowed tie-breaker was used to break a three-way deadlock for second place.

Teams from Mexico have won the World Series three times, the most recent in 1997 when a team from Linda Vista Little League from Guadalupe defeated South Little League of Mission Viejo, Calif., 5-4. The Mexico National Champion in 2008, from Matamoros, Tamaulipas, lost to the West Region Champion, Waipio Little League from Waipahu, Hawaii, 12-3, in the World Championship contest.

This is the third time in the last five years a league in Tamaulipas will represent Mexico in the World Series. The Mexico World Series qualifier has earned a spot in the International Championship game three of the last four years.

The Oriente Little League squad will be in Pool D for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Japan Region Champion, Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo, on Aug. 20 in their first game.

PANAMA WINS LATIN AMERICAN TOURNAMENT
Chitre Little League from Chitre, Panama,won all five of its games in the Latin America Little League Baseball Region Tournament, including an 8-2 decision over Falcon Little League from Cartagena, Colombia in the championship game, to capture the sixth berth in the Little League Baseball World Series.

Chitre Little League earned a berth in the title game with a tight 3-2 victory over FESALL from San Salvador, El Salvador in the semifinal. Falcon Little League won the other semifinal by an 8-3 count over CVC Feraminera Little League from Puerto Ordaz, Venezuela.

The championship game pitted the two teams who had won their respective pools with perfect 3-0 marks in the eight-team tournament which was played in Guatemala City, Guatemala.

This is the first berth for Chitre Little League in the World Series, and the sixth time a team from Panama has qualified. The last qualifier from Panama was Curundu Little League from Panama City in 2004. The best finish by a team from Panama came in 1993 when David Doleguita Little League from David, Panama lost a 3-2 decision to Long Beach (Calif.) Little League in the championship game.

The Chitre Little League squad will be in Pool D for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Canada Region Champion, which will be determined Aug. 14, in their first game on Aug. 21.

The 64th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, will be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 20-29. Sixteen teams from around the world will vie for the coveted title of World Champion.

SAUDI ARABIA WINS MEA TOURNAMENT
The Arabian American Little League squad from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia captured a berth in the Little League Baseball World Series for the 11th consecutive year by virtue of winning the Middle East and Africa (MEA) Region Tournament today. They posted a 12-0 victory over Kuwait Little League from Kuwait City, Kuwait, in the championship game to earn the league’s 17th trip to the World Series.

The team from Saudi Arabia posted a 3-1 record in pool play to finish in a three-way tie with Kuwait and Rev. John Foundation Little League from Kampala, Uganda. The defensive runs allowed tie-breaker was used to break the three-way tie, which eliminated Uganda from advancing to the championship game. The team from Uganda handed the tournament champion its only defeat, 9-3, during pool play.

The five-team MEA Tournament was played at Little League’s Europe, Middle East and Africa Region Headquarters in Kutno, Poland. The same facility will serve as the site for the Europe Region Little League Baseball Tournament on July 27-Aug. 4.

A team from Saudi Arabia has never won the Little League Baseball World Series. This will be the 22nd time a team from that country has qualified for the World Series since the first qualifier in 1983.

The Arabian American Little League squad will be in Pool D for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Asia-Pacific Champion, Fu-Hsing Little League from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, on Aug. 21 in their first game.

Source: Little League Online

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Taiwan Books 2010 LLWS Ticket


INDONESIA – Fu-Hsing Little League from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei scored runs in each of the first three innings and pitcher Wei-Chih Chen did the rest tossing a five-inning, no-hitter helping them to the Asia-Pacific Region Championship with a 10-0 win over ILLAM Central Little League from Makati City, Philippines earlier today.

The tournament title earns the team from Chinese Taipei a berth in the 2010 Little League Baseball World Series, joining two other teams, Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo, the Japan Region Champion; and Caribbean Champion, Jose M. Rodriguez Little League from Manati, Puerto Rico, who previously earned their spot in the World Series.

Pitching was the key for the squad as it surrendered a total of seven hits in 25 innings of work in the regional tournament, shutting out all five opponents. Fu-Hsing Little League outscored its opponents, 46-0, in the 10-team tournament which was played in Surabaya, Indonesia.

Besides tossing a no-hitter in the final, Wei-Chih collected a pair of hits and an RBI. The Chinese Taipei pitcher appeared in all but one of their tournament games.

Fu-Hsing Little League advanced to the final game with a 3-0 victory a team from South Korea. Both teams came into that deciding game with perfect records in their pool. The Philippine team advanced to final after taking a 4-3 decision over Hong Kong Little League in the other pool. Again, both teams came into the contest with perfect records in pool play.

This is the fifth time in the 64 years of the Little League Baseball World Series a team from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei has qualified, the second time for Fu-Hsing Little League. Two of those qualifiers, including Fu-Hsing Little League in 1996, have captured the World Series title. In all, teams from Chinese Taipei have reached the Little League Baseball World Series 24 times, winning 17 World Series championships. Fu-Hsing Little League won the title in 1996 with a 13-3 victory over Western Little League from Cranston, R.I.

The entrant from Chinese Taipei will be in Pool D for the first round of World Series play. They will play the Middle East and Africa Champion on Aug. 21 in their first game.

The 64th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, will be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 20-29. Sixteen teams from around the world will vie for the coveted title of World Champion.

There have been two changes to the tournament that will affect aspects of play and strategy.

The 16 teams are still split into four pools with the eight U.S. regional champions on one side of the bracket, opposite the eight International qualifiers. The change comes in first round play where the winner of each pool will be determined by a double-elimination format. The winners of two U.S. and International pools meet to determine who plays in the World Championship game. Previously, the top two teams in each pool advanced to the single-elimination round and those eight teams competed for the title.

The other change comes in the area of pitch count where the International Tournament rules were brought in line with the regular-season guidelines. The change means more days of rest between appearances depending on the number of pitches thrown.

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided July 24 when the champion in the Middle East and Africa Region Tournament will be determined.

Follow every step of the Little League Baseball World Series on the Little League web site (www.LittleLeague.org).

2010 Little League Baseball World Series

Asia-Pacific (Fu-Hsing Little League, Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei)
Canada
Latin America
Middle East & Africa

Pool D Schedule

Sat., Aug. 21
Game 6 – Latin America vs. Canada
Game 8 – Asia-Pacific vs. MEA

Sun., Aug. 22
Game 12 – Loser of Game 6 vs. Loser of Game 8

Mon., Aug. 23
Game 15 – Winner of Game 6 vs. Winner of Game 8

Tues., Aug. 24
Loser Game 11 (Pool A) vs. Loser Game 12
Game 19 – Loser of Game 15 vs. Winner of Game 12

Wed., Aug. 25
Game 25 – Winner of Game 15 vs. Winner of Game 19

Thur., Aug. 26
Game 27 – Winner of Game 25 vs. Loser of Game 25

Source: Little League Baseball

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Puerto Rico Nabs 2010 LLWS Berth


PUERTO RICO – Jose M. Rodriguez Little League from Manati, Puerto Rico earned its first berth in the Little League Baseball World Series with an 8-2 victory over Aruba North Little League from Santa Cruz, Aruba, today. The second team to earn a berth in the World Series captured the 10-team Caribbean Region Tournament played in Humacao, Puerto Rico.

To earn their berth in the World Series, the Jose M. Rodriguez team, who was second in Pool A during pool play, had to defeat the top team in Pool B, Miguel Luzunaris Little League from the host city, in the semifinals and then avenge their only loss in pool play to earn the title.

The Caribbean Champions were 6-1 winners in the semifinal contest before posting the win over Aruba North Little League, who was looking to make history as the first team from that country to earn a spot in the Series. The Jose M. Rodriguez Little League handed the local team their first loss in the tournament to advance to the championship game. Their win in the title game avenged a 4-1 loss earlier in the tournament to the team from Aruba.

The Caribbean representative in the World Series has won one title, Pabao Little League, from Curacao, captured the 2005 championship with a 5-2 win over Conejo Valley (Calif.) Little League in 2004. None of the previous seven qualifiers from Puerto Rico have advanced to the championship game of the World Series.

Jose M. Rodriguez Little League joins Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo as the first two teams to earn berths in the 2010 Little League Baseball World Series. Earlier today, Edogawa Minami captured the Japan Region Tournament with an 8-4 victory over Aomori Hirosaki Little League.

Both teams will be in the same pool, Pool C, for the Series. They will be joined by the champions from the Mexico and Europe Region Tournaments. The first game for the Caribbean Champions will be on Aug. 20 against Europe.

The 64th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, will be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 20-29. Sixteen teams from around the world will vie for the coveted title of World Champion.

There have been two changes to the tournament that will affect aspects of play and strategy.

The 16 teams are still split into four pools with the eight U.S. regional champions on one side of the bracket, opposite the eight International qualifiers. The change comes in first round play where the winner of each pool will be determined by a double-elimination format. The winners of two U.S. and International pools meet to determine who plays in the World Championship game. Previously, the top two teams in each pool advanced to the single-elimination round and those eight teams competed for the title.

The other change comes in the area of pitch count where the International Tournament rules were brought in line with the regular-season guidelines. The change means more days of rest between appearances depending on the number of pitches thrown.

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided July 15 when the champion in the Asia-Pacific Region Tournament will be determined.

Follow every step of the Little League Baseball World Series on the Little League web site (www.LittleLeague.org).

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.6 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.

2010 Little League Baseball World Series

Caribbean (Jose M. Rodriguez Little League, Manati, Puerto Rico)
Europe
Japan (Edogawa Minami Little League, Tokyo, Japan)
Mexico

Pool C Schedule

Fri., Aug. 20
Game 3 – Caribbean vs. Europe
Game 4 – Japan vs. Mexico

Sun., Aug. 22
Game 10 – Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4
Game 13 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

Mon., Aug. 23
Loser Game 9 (Pool B) vs. Loser Game 10
Game 16 – Loser of Game 13 vs. Winner of Game 10

Tues., Aug. 24
Game 21 – Winner of Game 13 vs. Winner of Game 16

Wed., Aug. 25
Game 23 – Winner of Game 21 vs. Loser of Game 21

Source: Little League Baseball

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Japan Claims First 2010 LLWS Spot


JAPAN – The Edogawa Minami Little League from Tokyo earned the first berth in the 2010 Little League Baseball World Series with an 8-4 victory over the Aomori Hirosaki Little League from Aomori City. In capturing the 2010 Japan Region Tournament, which was held in Tokyo, the local Little League earns its second appearance in the World Series.

The Japan Champions went undefeated in the 16-team tournament winning all four games, including a 2-0 victory over Hamamatsu Minami Little League from Hamamatsu City in the semifinal, scoring both runs in the fifth inning. Aomori Hirosaki Little League, which was looking for its first chance to play in the World Series, earned a berth in the final with a 5-4 win over Daito Little League from Daito City.

In the championship game, Edogawa Minami Little League, which was a 2008 World Series participant, scored three runs in each of the first two innings and added two insurance runs in the fifth inning after Aomori Hirosaki Little League struck for all its runs in fourth inning to close the deficit to 6-4.

Teams from Japan have won the Little League Baseball World Series six times, the most recent in 2003 when Musachi Fuchu Little League from Tokyo defeated East Boynton Beach (Fla.) Little League, 10-1, in the title game.

In the team from Tokyo’s first appearance in the World Series, they won all three of their pool play games before posting an 11-4 victory over Pabao Little League from Curacao in the International semifinals. Edogawa Minami Little League lost a 5-4 decision to Matamoros (Mexico) Little League in the International title game.

Edogawa Little League will join the Caribbean, Mexico and Europe Region Tournament winners in Pool C for the World Series. They will play their first game, Aug. 20, against the champion from Mexico.

The 64th Little League Baseball World Series, for 11-12-year-olds, will be played in South Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 20-29. Sixteen teams from around the world will vie for the coveted title of World Champion.

There have been two changes to the tournament that will affect aspects of play and strategy.

The 16 teams are still split into four pools with the eight U.S. regional champions on one side of the bracket, opposite the eight International qualifiers. The change comes in first round play where the winner of each pool will be determined by a double-elimination format. The winners of two U.S. and International pools meet to determine who plays in the World Championship game. Previously, the top two teams in each pool advanced to the single-elimination round and those eight teams competed for the title.

The other change comes in the area of pitch count where the International Tournament rules were brought in line with the regular-season guidelines. The change means more days of rest between appearances depending on the number of pitches thrown.

Follow every step of the Little League Baseball World Series on the Little League web site (www.LittleLeague.org).

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.6 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.

2010 Little League Baseball World Series

Caribbean
Europe
Japan (Edogawa Minami Little League, Tokyo, Japan)
Mexico

Pool C Schedule

Fri., Aug. 20
Game 3 – Caribbean vs. Europe
Game 4 – Japan vs. Mexico

Sun., Aug. 22
Game 10 – Loser of Game 3 vs. Loser of Game 4
Game 13 – Winner of Game 3 vs. Winner of Game 4

Mon., Aug. 23
Loser Game 9 (Pool B) vs. Loser Game 10
Game 16 – Loser of Game 13 vs. Winner of Game 10

Tues., Aug. 24
Game 21 – Winner of Game 13 vs. Winner of Game 16

Wed., Aug. 25
Game 23 – Winner of Game 21 vs. Loser of Game 21

Source: Little League Baseball

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2010 Little League World Series Format


UNITED STATES – The countdown to the one of the summer’s most popular sporting events, the Little League Baseball World Series, began today with the announcement of the pairings and schedule by Stephen D. Keener, President and Chief Executive Officer of Little League Baseball and Softball.

The oldest of Little League’s eight World Series, this year’s tournament will be played Aug. 20-29 in South Williamsport, Pa., the site of youth baseball’s most watched tournament since 1959. The first 12 Little League Baseball World Series were played at Brown Memorial Park in Williamsport, 1947-58.

The 64th edition of the World Series (for 11-12-year-olds) this summer will include two new features – a change in the first round of play from pool play to a double-elimination format and the adoption of different tournament pitching rules – that will add some intrigue to the tournament.

The format change will make every game played in each of the four pools important, as each of the 16 teams try to advance in the tournament. The change in the pitching rules has added more days of rest between appearances while bringing the tournament requirements in line with the rules for the regular season. The amount of rest required is based on the number of pitches thrown.

The 2010 World Series will be the fourth under an eight-year television contract with ESPN/ABC that provides for live coverage of each game. Because of the format change, there will be a minimum of 30 games and a maximum of 34 games played in order to determine the World Champion.

The other seven Little League World Series dates and sites are: Big League Baseball (16-18-year-olds; Easley, S.C.; July 28-Aug. 4); Big League Softball (14-18-year-olds; Kalamazoo, Mich.; Aug. 5-11); Senior League Softball (14-16-year-olds; Lower Sussex, Del.; Aug. 8-14); Little League Softball (11-12-year-olds; Portland, Ore.; Aug. 12-18); Junior League Softball (13-14-year-olds; Kirkland, Wash.; Aug. 15-21); Junior League Baseball (13-14-year-olds; Taylor, Mich.; Aug. 15-21); and Senior League Baseball (14-16-year-olds; Bangor, Maine; Aug. 15-21).

The double-elimination format for the first round of Little League Baseball World Series will determine one winner in each of the four pools. The two pool champions on the U.S. side of the bracket will play and the two International pool champions will meet to determine the teams that will oppose each other in the World Championship game. In previous years, the top two teams in each of the four pools advanced to the single-elimination round.

Another result of the double-elimination format will see four teams eliminated from advancing in the tournament by virtue of losing their first two games. Those four teams, one in each of the four pools, will play televised “crossover” games – U.S. teams vs. International teams. This is the only time in the tournament, except the World Championship and consolation games, U.S and International teams oppose each other.

Park View Little League from Chula Vista, Calif., captured the 2009 championship with a 6-3 win over Kuei-Shan Little League from Taoyuan, Chinese Taipei, the Asia-Pacific Champion. The representative from the U.S. West Region has captured the Little League Baseball World Series title each of the last two years, and three of the last five championships. The West Region champion has been in the title game four of the last six years.

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LLWS Baseball 2010 Video Game Debuts


UNITED STATES – Activision Publishing, Inc. announced today that Little League World Series Baseball 2010, this year’s entry in the acclaimed hit baseball series, will be released this July for the Xbox 360 video game and entertainment system from Microsoft and the PlayStation 3 computer entertainment system. This is the first time the perennially popular Little League franchise has “hit” these systems.

“We felt it was time to finally bring the popular Little League series to gamers playing Xbox 360 and PlayStation 3,” said David Oxford, Activision Publishing. “Little League World Series Baseball 2010 is visually stunning and packed with tons of new content, while remaining an accessible pick-up-and-play game for the whole family.”

Little League World Series Baseball 2010 is Activision’s third officially licensed Little League video game, and once again it is being developed by world renowned Japanese studio NOW Production. Players will have the chance to become a Little League World Series Baseball Champion, while online functionality offers the ability to upload records and leader boards. New features include an all-new Season and Career mode that leads players from chumps to champs on the way to the World Series.

“Activision has been an outstanding partner because they listen closely to what real Little League players have to say about our videogames,” Jud Rogers, Sr. Marketing Executive, Little League International. “This commitment to evolution is what makes Little League World Series Baseball 2010 an outstanding title of which our organization is intensely proud.”

Little League World Series Baseball 2010 will be available this July for $39.99. The game is not yet rated by the ESRB. For more information, visit www.activision.com.

About Little League International
Little League International is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.7 million participants, led by more than one million adult volunteers, in all 50 states and more than 70 other countries. Founded and headquartered in Williamsport, Pa., Little League’s goal is to bring the sports of baseball and softball to children and their families, instilling the values of teamwork, sportsmanship and fair play. While thousands of Little Leaguers have advanced to become Major League Baseball players, with some attaining induction into the Baseball Hall of Fame and Museum, Little League’s purpose is to create good citizens first.

Source: Activision Publishing, Inc.

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Little League Set 2010 LLWS Schedule


UNITED STATES – The dates and sites for the eight Little League World Series tournaments in 2010 have been approved by the Little League International Board of Directors, and remained the same for the seventh consecutive year.

The Big League Baseball World Series will kick off the month of championship tournaments to determine the top teams in the world in each division. Easley, S.C. will serve as the home for the Big League tournament for the 10th year as the oldest age division in baseball conducts its 41st championship beginning July 28.

The four softball tournaments then take center stage beginning with the Big League tournament in Kalamazoo, Mich. on Aug. 5. The Senior League (Lower Sussex, Del.) begins its championship on Aug. 8, and is followed by the Little League (Portland, Ore.) division on Aug. 12, and the Junior League (Kirkland, Wash.) on Aug. 15.

Junior League (Taylor, Mich.) and Senior League (Bangor, Maine) Baseball tournaments also begin on Aug. 15 before the Little League Baseball World Series begins its 10-day run on Aug. 20 in South Williamsport, Pa.

The tournament begins on Aug. 20. Games are played each day through Aug. 29, with the exception of Friday Aug. 27, which is a scheduled “off” day. The specific schedule of games will be released during National Little League Week (the week of June 13-19), which was proclaimed by both President Dwight D. Eisenhower and President John F. Kennedy.

The annual 32-game showcase of the top 11- and 12-year-old teams in the world will play the U.S. and International championship games on Saturday, Aug. 28 with the title game scheduled for the following day. The Park View Little League squad from Chula Vista, Calif. extended the streak of U.S. champions to five with a 6-3 victory over the Asia-Pacific representative in the 2009 tournament.

2010 LITTLE LEAGUE WORLD SERIES SCHEDULE:

Big League Baseball (16-18-year olds)
July 28 to Aug. 4 – Easley, S.C. (Easley Recreation Complex)

Big League Softball (14-18-year-old girls)
Aug. 5 to Aug. 11 – Kalamazoo, Mich. (Vanderberg Park)

Senior League Softball (14-16-year-old girls)
Aug. 8 to Aug. 14 – Lower Sussex, Del. (Pyle Center)

Little League Softball (11-12-year-old girls)
Aug. 12 to Aug. 18 – Portland, Ore. (Alpenrose Stadium)

Junior League Softball (13-14-year-old girls)
Aug. 15 to Aug. 21 – Kirkland, Wash. (Everest Park)

Junior League Baseball (13-14-year-olds)
Aug. 15 to Aug. 21 – Taylor, Mich. (Heritage Park)
Aug. 15 to Aug. 21 – Bangor, Maine (Shawn T. Mansfield Stadium)

Little League Baseball (11-12-year-olds)
Aug. 20 to Aug. 29 – South Williamsport, Pa. (Lamade/Volunteer Stadiums)

The sixteen teams in the Little League Baseball World Series will reach Williamsport at the end of the world’s largest elimination tournament. The Little League International Tournament begins on July 1, and will feature more than 16,000 games over the following 45 days to determine the 16 finalists. Last year, the attendance over the 32 games of the Little League Baseball World Series topped 360,000.

Little League Baseball and Softball is the world’s largest organized youth sports program, with nearly 2.6 million players and 1 million adult volunteers in every U.S. state and scores of other countries.

Source: Little League Online

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