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Antelope Valley, Calif., Little League Wins 2005 Big League Softball World Championship

KALAMAZOO, Mich. (Aug. 20, 2005) – Antelope Valley (Calif.) Little League came away with the 2005 Big League Softball World Series title, defeating a team from Charleston, W.Va., at Vanderberg Park.

Sarah Kahn’s seventh inning walk-off home run gave the West Champions their second World Series title since 1996 and avenged an earlier 2-1 loss to Charleston in pool play. The championship game was televised on ESPN2.

The South Region champions tied the game, 2-2, in the top of the seventh inning setting the stage for Kahn’s homer. Allison Judy threw a complete game for the South in the loss, and Laura Calvert earned the victory for the West Region champions. Jessica Hamilton had two hits for the World Series runners-up. In addition to Kahn’s home run, Katie Cornelison had two hits for the champs, including a double.

Making up the World Series tournament field were region champions representing the West (District 51, Antelope Valley, Calif.); Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA; District 1, Utrecht, Netherlands); South (District 3, Charleston, W. Va.); Asia-Pacific (Manila, Philippines); District 2, Kalamazoo, Mich., the host team; Central (District 9, Grand Rapids, MI); Southwest (District 31, Hallettsville, Texas); Latin America (District 1, San Juan, PR); Canada (District 5, Windsor, Ontario); and East (District 3, Laurel, Dela.).

The semifinal round pitted the South against the Southwest, and the East versus the West. The South earned their championship game berth with a 7-2 victory over the team from Hallettsville, Texas, and the West pulled out a 5-4 win over Laurel, Del.

Kalamazoo celebrated its 25th anniversary of hosting the World Series with a picnic, “Fun Night” for the players, managers, coaches and host families, an awards banquet, a Parade of Champions and spirit competition. The team from The Netherlands took home the coveted spirit competition plaque.