Staten Island's Mid-Island Little League Wins Mid-Atlantic Region With Home Run; Field Set for 60th Little League Baseball World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 14, 2006) – Despite having the go-ahead
run taken off the scoreboard by a missed step on the bases,
Mid-Island Little League from Staten Island, N.Y., refused to be
denied as Frank Smith hit a solo home run in the bottom of the sixth
inning to defeat Livingston (N.J.) American Little League, 2-1, in
the Mid-Atlantic Region Championship game Monday night at Breen
Field in Bristol, Conn.
Smith’s home run off of Livingston American Little League’s Zach Gray came after Mid-Island Little League thought it had taken the lead an inning earlier. Winning pitcher Joe Calabrese singled to center field with runners on second and third. The base hit gave the New York state champions a 2-1 lead, but an appeal request by Livingston American Little League questioned whether the second base runner had touched third base. The third base umpire ruled he had not, and the run was disallowed.
In complete-game efforts by both pitchers, Gray (four hits, nine strikeouts) matched Calabrese (six hits, nine strikeouts) through three scoreless innings to start the game. Livingston American Little League’s Nick Ebert broke the deadlock with a solo home run in the top of the fourth inning.
Mid-Island Little League, 16-2 overall, finished the six-team tournament with a 5-1 record. The only regional defeat suffered by the Mid-Atlantic Region winners was an, 8-6, eight-inning loss to Livingston American Little League.
Teams from New York have appeared in the Little League Baseball World Series 15 times, winning the world championship twice (1954 and 1964). Mid-Island Little League defeated Liga Pequena Little League of Monterey, Mexico, 4-0, in the 1964 world championship game. In that game, Danny Yacarino threw a no-hitter. Little Leagues from Staten Island had previously reached the World Series tournament on three occasions (1964, 1985 and 1991).
Mid-Island Little League completes the field for the 2006 Little League Baseball World Series, which includes Murrayhill Little League of Beaverton. Ore., Lemont (Ill.) Little League; Portsmouth (N.H.) Little League; Ahwatukee Little League of Phoenix, Ariz.; Daniel Boone National Little League of Columbia, Mo.; Whalley Little League of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; 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).
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.
For more information on the 2006 Little League Baseball World Series log on to: www.littleleagueworldseriesonline.org
Little League Baseball and Softball is the largest organized youth sports program in the world, with 2.7 million participants in all 50 states and nearly 75 other countries.