Missouri, Arizona Take Different Routes to Region Championships, Berths in 2006 Little League Baseball World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 12, 2006) – – Ahwatukee American
Little League from Phoenix, Ariz., hit five home runs, three by
Shaun Chase, to win the West Region Championship, 11-3, on Saturday,
while Ryan Phillips threw a one-hitter, with 14 strikeouts as Daniel
Boone National Little League of Columbia, Mo., claimed the Midwest
Region Championship, 2-0.
A seven-run fifth inning broke a 3-3 tie and powered Ahwatukee American Little League past River Park Little League, the Northern California representative from Fresno, at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif. Chase hit his second home run in the decisive fifth and Michael Anderson followed later in the inning with a three-run home run. Also hitting a home run for the West Region Champions was winning pitcher Hunter Rodriguez.
Daniel Boone National Little League, which finished 5-0 in the six-team regional tournament played at Stokely Field in Indianapolis, scored an unearned run in the first inning against Davis County (Iowa) Little League. Calvin Mathews was the losing pitcher, striking out 14 and scattering five hits, including a solo home run to Jeffrey Ausmus in the second inning.
Ahwatukee American Little League Little League, which suffered its only West Region Tournament loss to River Park Little League, finished the six-team tournament with a 5-1 record, and improved to 20-1 overall in tournament play.
Teams from Arizona have qualified for the Little League Baseball World Series four times and won the United States championship twice. The most recent runner-up finish was in 1986 when a team from International Little League in Tucson lost to Tainan Park Little League from Chinese Taipei, 12-0, in the world championship game. The most recent World Series appearance for Arizona was in 2003, when Chandler’s National Little League qualified.
The state of Missouri will be represented for the second time in the Little League Baseball World Series. Webb City Little League reached the World Series in 2002.
Ahwatukee Little League joins 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), 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 Sunday when the New England Region, Great Lakes and Northwest Region Tournaments are scheduled to end.
The remaining U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2, are: 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