Whalley Little League Defends Canada Region Championship, Advances to 2006 Little League Baseball World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 12, 2006) – Whalley Little League from
Surrey, B.C., repeated as Canada Region Champion on Saturday in
Vancouver, B.C., and became the 10th team to earn a berth in the
2006 Little League Baseball World Series.
Whalley Little League finished the six-team tournament with a 7-0 record, and defended its Canada Region title, topping East Nepean Little League from Ottawa, Ontario, 10-0.
Teams representing Canada have participated in 49 Little League Baseball World Series since 1952, but have never won the championship. The country’s only appearance in the World Series championship game came in 1965 when Windsor Locks, Conn., defeated a team from Stoney Creek, Ontario, 3-1.
Whalley Little League, which has represented Canada at the Little League Baseball World Series on four occasions (1973, ’78, ’97 and 2005), joins South Lake Charles Little League of Lake Charles, La.; Columbus Northern Little League of Columbus, Ga.; Arabian American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Brateevo Little League of Moscow, Russia; Cardenales Little League of Barquisimeto, Lara, Venezuela; Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao; Matamoros Little League of Taumalipas, Mexico; Kawaguchi City Little League of Kawaguchi City, Japan; and Saipan Little League from Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), as participants in the 2006 Little League Baseball World Series.
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 berths in the 60th Little League Baseball World Series will be decided on Saturday when the Midwest Region and West Region Tournaments are scheduled to end.
The remaining U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2, are: Midwest (Indianapolis, Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN); West (San Bernardino, Calif., Saturday, 9 p.m., ESPN); New England (Bristol, Conn., Sunday, 1 p.m., ESPN); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Sunday, 3 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.
For more information on the 2006 Little League Baseball World Series log on to: www.littleleagueworldseriesonline.org