Kawaguchi City, Japan; Saipan Qualify Teams For 2006 Little League Baseball World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 29, 2006) –Kawaguchi City, Japan, and
Saipan of the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, have each
secured berths in 60th Little League Baseball World Series.
A team from Kawaguchi City Little League claimed the Asia Region championship, and Saipan (CNMI) Little League collected the Pacific Region championship. The top two teams from pool play in each of the region tournaments were to have played one another in a championship game. However, because of heavy rains in Hong Kong, China, the respective champions were determined by overall record in pool play.
Kawaguchi City Little League finished the six-team Asia Region Tournament with a 5-0 record, while Saipan Little League won the five-team Pacific Region Tournament with a 4-0 record.
Teams from Japan have won the Little League Baseball World Series six times, the most recent in 2003 when a team from Tokyo’s Musashi Fuchu Little League defeated East Boynton Beach (Fla.) Little League, 10-1, in the world championship game. This will be the first time Kawaguchi Little League has represented the Asia Region in the World Series.
The Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands has been represented at the Little League Baseball World Series on two occasions (1993 and 2004). Neither time has a team from Saipan reached the world championship game.
The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport, Aug. 18-27. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.
ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 26, at 3:30 p.m. The world championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series can be seen live on ABC at 3:30 p.m., on Aug. 27. Twenty-seven other World Series games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 for a total of 29 games on national television. Eleven World Series games also will be televised on ESPN Deportes. For the second straight year, all 32 games of the Little League Baseball World Series tournament will be on television.
The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series is expected to be decided on Saturday, July 29, when the Caribbean Region Tournament in Vega Baja, Puerto Rico, is due to end.
The U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2, are: Friday, Aug 11 - Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., 7 p.m., ESPN) and Southwest (Waco, Texas, 9 p.m., ESPN); Saturday; Aug. 12 - Midwest (Indianapolis, 7 p.m., ESPN) and West (San Bernardino, Calif., 9 p.m., ESPN); Aug 13 – New England (Bristol, Conn., 1 p.m. ESPN), Great Lakes (Indianapolis, 3 p.m., ESPN); and Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., 10 p.m., ESPN2); Monday, Aug. 14 - Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., 8 p.m., ESPN2). All game times are Eastern U.S. time