McLean Little League from Virginia Wins 2005 Little League Softball World Series
With Midway Little League of Texas not in the tournament for the first time in several years, it was more difficult than usual to predict which teams might win the two coveted spots in the 31st World Series championship game. Ultimately, it would be the South Region defeating the East Region, 6-2, for the title.
The East Region champions from Orange, Conn., went into the championship game undefeated. But the girls from the South, representing McLean, Va., already had one World Series to their credit.
Though McLean Little League had only one returning player from last year’s team, it was clear they had a taste of what could be. Last year, the South team took second to the Southwest Region, and eventual World Series champions, from Midway.
Oregon District 4 and Cedar Mills Little League hosted the tournament, and for 10 days, welcomed the Central Region champions from Louisville, Ky. and the Europe, Middle East and Africa team (EMEA) from Brzeg, Poland, as guests in their homes.
The Southwest team hailed from New Iberia, La. If the team was not trading pins, they were looking for someone to trade with. And with their pin trading they brought a touch of the Louisiana’s French Quarter, trading festive, brightly-colored Mardi Gras beads, which were easily excepted as trade for pins. Most fans, as well as opposing teams, sported beaded necklaces throughout the tournament.
The team from the Asia-Pacific Region represented Bacolod City, Philippines and was a fan favorite. Annalie Benjamen, the top pitcher for the team, reached speeds comparable to U.S. Olympian Michelle Smith, who threw batting practice during her visit to this year’s World Series.
Though Puerto Rico has recently dominated the Latin America Region,
Curacao, Netherlands Antilles represented the region in Portland.
Beacon Hill Little League of Victoria, B.C., returned for the second
year to represent the Canada Region. The manager and one coach
returned along with three of the players from the 2004 team.
|The 2005 Little League Softball World Series champions are from McLean, Va.|