First Berth in 2012 LLBWS Goes to Asia-Pacific's, Kuei-Shan Little League
The Kuei-Shan Little League from Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei, earned the first berth in the 2012 Little League Baseball World Series today by winning the Asia-Pacific Region Tournament. The Asia-Pacific Champions defeated Hong Kong (China) Little League, 12-2, in the championship game.
The second-time qualifier for the World Series won all four of its pool-play games in the seven-day, eight-team region tournament that was played in Taichung City, Chinese Taipei, to win Pool A. In its semifinal game on Saturday, Kuei-Shan Little League defeated Saipan Little League from the Northern Mariana Islands, the runner-up in Pool B with a 2-2 record, by an 8-2 score.
The newest representative from the Asia-Pacific Region earned its World Series berth with the victory in the championship game over Hong Kong Little League. Hong Kong Little League, the runner-up in Pool A losing only to Kuei-Shan Little League by a 16-0 score in pool play, advanced to the title game with a 3-2 win over Busan Little League from Korea, the #1-seed in Pool B with a 4-0 record.
Kuei-Shan Little League was the Asia-Pacific Region Champion in 2009. In the Little League Baseball World Series, Kuei-Shan advanced to the World Championship game with a 9-4 win over Guadalupe Trevino Kelly Little League from Reynosa, Mexico, avenging its only loss of the tournament, a 3-2 setback in pool play. Park View Little League from Chula Vista, Calif., won the championship game over Kuei-Shan Little League by a 6-3 score.
A team from Chinese Taipei has won the Little League Baseball World Series 17 times, the most by any country in the 65-year history of the tournament. The last champion from Chinese Taipei was Fu-Hsing Little League from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, in 1996.
Kuei-Shan Little League will play the third game of World Series, Aug. 16 at 5 p.m., against the Europe champion.
Kuei-Shan Little League, Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei
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 today when the champion in the Japan Region Tournament will be determined.
Follow every pitch of the Little League Baseball World Series on the Little League web site (www.LittleLeague.org).
2012 Little League Baseball World Series
- Asia-Pacific Region Champion – Kuei-Shan Little League (Taoyuan County, Chinese Taipei); first World Series game - Aug. 16 vs. Europe
- Japan Region Champion – determined July 16
- Latin America Region Champion – determined July 13
- Caribbean Region Champion – determined July 14
- Middle East and Africa Region Champion – determined July 17
- Mexico Region Champion – determined July 27
- Europe Region Champion – determined July 29
- Canada Region Champion – determined Aug. 11
- Southwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 9
- Southeast Region Champion – determined Aug. 10
- Great Lakes Region Champion – determined Aug. 10
- New England Region Champion – determined Aug. 11
- Northwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 11
- Midwest Region Champion – determined Aug. 11
- West Region Champion – determined Aug. 11
- Mid-Atlantic Region Champion – determined Aug. 12