Shutouts Decide Southeast and Southwest Little League Baseball Region Championships
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 11, 2006) – Columbus Northern Little
League from Georgia, and South Lake Charles (La.) Little League
collected the first two berths in the United States pool for the
2006 Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., by
posting shutouts on Friday night.
Columbus Northern Little League became only the second team from Georgia to advance to the Little League Baseball World Series, defeating Greater Dunedin (Fla.) Little League, 5-0, in the Southeast Region title game at Arnold S. White, Sr. Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla.
South Lake Charles Little League earned a trip to the World Series by blanking D’Iberville (Miss.) Little League, 1-0, and capturing the Southwest Region championship at Marvin Norcross Stadium in Waco, Texas.
Kyle Carter pitched Columbus Northern Little League to victory, throwing a five-hitter, with 14-strikeouts. Offensively, the Southeast Region champions were keyed by a solo home run by Patrick Stallings and a two-run single by Josh Lester. Columbus Northern Little League finished the six-team tournament with a 5-0 record and improved its tournament record to 18-0.
National Little League from East Marietta is only other team from Georgia to reach the Little League Baseball World Series. In 1983, National Little League defeated Liquito Hernandez Little League from the Dominican Republic, 3-1, in the world championship game.
A third-inning solo home run by Tanner Hebert was all the offense South Lake Charles Little League pitcher Nicolas Zaunbrecher (three hits, eight strikeouts) would need to carry his team to the Southwest Region championship.
D’Iberville Little League pitcher Tyler Quave allowed three hits and struck out nine, but allowed the home run that proved to be the difference. The Mississippi state champions finished the eight-team tournament with a 3-2 record, while South Lake Charles Little League went 5-0 at the regional and is 11-0 overall in tournament play.
Earning berths in the Little League Baseball World Series in 1992 and 2001, South Lake Charles Little League is the fifth team from Louisiana to advance to the World Series. Louisiana has never reached the Little League Baseball World Series championship game.
Columbus Northern Little League and South Lake Charles Little League join 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, West Region and Canadian 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