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Six Home Runs Lift Walpole American Little League to New England Region Championship, Berth in Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2007) – Winning pitcher Joseph Guarino hit the last of Walpole (Mass.) American Little League’s six home runs in a 14-4, five-inning victory over Shelton (Conn.) National Little League in the New England Region Championship game on Saturday at Breen Field in Bristol, Conn.

A two-run home run by Nick Petrovich (3-for-3) put Shelton National Little League up 2-0 in the top of the first inning. Walpole American Little League answered with six runs in the bottom of the inning, highlighted by Michael Rando’s grand slam. In the bottom of the second inning, back-to-back home runs by Johnny Adams and John White extended the lead to 8-3. Walpole American recorded 14 hits in the game.

Adams hit his second home run of the game in the bottom of the fourth inning to help extend the lead to 12-4. Guarino started the bottom of the fifth inning with his homer, and Matthew Bender ended the game via the 10-run mercy rule, scoring on a throwing error.

Teams from Massachusetts have reached the Little League Baseball World Series eight times, most recently in 2003 when a team from Saugus qualified. Massachusetts has never been represented in the Little League Baseball World Series championship game.

Walpole American Little League joins Coon Rapid National Little League from Coon Rapids, Minn.; Lubbock Western Little league from Lubbock, Texas; Warner Robins American Little League from Warner Robins, Ga.; Windmills Apeldoorn Little League from the Netherlands; Arabian American Little League from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao; Tokyo Kitasuna Little League of Tokyo, Japan; Seguro Social Little League of Mexicali, Mexico; Li-Shing Little League of Taichung, Chinese Taipei; and La Victoria Little League of Maracaibo, Venezuela, as participants in the 2007 Little League Baseball World Series.

The World Series championship game can be seen live on ABC television at 3:30 p.m., on Sunday, Aug. 26. ABC also will televise the International championship game on Saturday, Aug. 25 at 12:30 p.m., followed by the United States championship at 3:30 p.m.

The 2007 World Series will be the first operated under the new eight-year television contract agreement with ESPN/ABC. Five games will be televised on ABC. This will be the second year that all of the World Series games will be televised in high definition. For the sixth 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 are expected to be televised again this year. Sixteen World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 11 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.

The remaining U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2, are: Great Lakes (Indianapolis, tonight, 7 p.m., ESPN); West (San Bernardino, Calif., tonight, 9 p.m., ESPN); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Sunday, 10 p.m., ESPN2) and Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Monday, 8 p.m., ESPN2). All game times are Eastern U.S. time. The final International Region representative will be decided tonight when the Canada Region Tournament in Regina, Saskatchewan, is scheduled to end.

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