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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2006 > Mexico, Transatlantic Region Champions Qualify for 2006 Little League Baseball World Series

Mexico, Transatlantic Region Champions Qualify for 2006 Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 27, 2006) – A team from Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and another from Matamoros, Mexico, have earned berths in the 60th Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., Aug. 18-27.

The Arabian American Little League of Dhahran defeated London Area Youth Little League, from London, England, 8-1, in the championship game. Arabian American Little League finished the six-team tournament with a 7-0 record.

The Matamoros Little League of Tamaulipas came through the loser’s bracket to defeat Santa Catarina Little League, from Neuvo Leon, 10-0, in the championship game after avoiding elimination with an 11-1 victory.

Saudi Arabia has never won the Little League Baseball World Series. The first year a Saudi Arabian team qualified for the Little League Baseball World Series was 1983. Arabian American Little League has represented the Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region at the Little League Baseball World Series 13 times. This year’s team marks the league’s seventh consecutive World Series appearance and 12th since 1994.

Matamoros Little League finished the 12-team, three-round tournament with a 14-1 record, including consecutive victories over Santa Catarina Little League to win the tournament. Matamoros and Santa Catarina played five times. Santa Catarina’s only win came in the third round and sent Matamoros into the loser’s bracket.

Teams from Mexico have won the Little League Baseball World Series three times, the most recent in 1997 when a team from Linda Vista Little League in Guadalupe defeated South Little League of Mission Viejo, Calif., 5-4, in the world championship game.

Arabian American Little League and Matamoros Little League join Cardenales Little League from Barquesimeto, Lara, Venezuela, as participants in the 2006 Little League Baseball World Series. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part in Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds.

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 Little League Baseball World Series are expected to be decided on Saturday, July 29, when the Asia, Caribbean, and Pacific Region Tournaments are 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.