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Urbandale Little League of Iowa Crowned 2005 Senior League Baseball World Series Champions
Urbandale broke a 2-2 tie with a run in the third inning and then broke the game open with a three-run fifth inning.
Iowa went 3-1 in pool play and 5-1 overall. After losing its first game, 6-4, to Activo 20-30 Little League from Santiago Veraguas, Panama, Urbandale began its five-game winning streak to the title with a 5-2 win over defending champion, Freehold Township, N.J.
Entering the championship game, Pearl City was the only undefeated team in the Series, as it went 4-0 in its pool and then defeated Freehold Township, 4-3, in the semifinal round.
Every team in the 10-team field had at least one victory. Maine District 3 host Bangor opened the Series with a 2-1 win over Thunder Bay, Ontario, Canada. The win would be the only one for the host, as it narrowly lost to Asia-Pacific champion, Guam, 4-2, and U.S. South champion Georgia, 4-3, before falling, 11-5, to Hawaii.
Canada and the Europe, Middle East, Africa (EMEA) champion, Republic of Georgia, earned their World Series wins in their last pool games. The Republic of Georgia defeated Panama, 2-1, after losing two pool games by 11 runs and 10 runs, respectively, and third by eight runs.
A food workers strike in London delayed the arrival for half of the EMEA team. When the rest of the team arrived in United States, their luggage was still at Heathrow Airport in London. Area businesses and individuals helped the players by donating or lending equipment.
Guam catcher Alejandro Diaz had a week to remember, as he hit three home runs in less than 24 hours at Mansfield Stadium, and nearly hit a fourth. The stadium fences are 330 feet down the lines, 375 feet to the power alleys, and 400 feet to center. All three of Diaz’s home runs were to left field between the 330-foot and 375-foot markers. Entering this year’s World Series tournament, eight players were tied at one for the most home runs hit in a World Series at Mansfield.
The opening ceremonies for this year’s Series were held following a softball game pitting Eddie Feigner and ‘The King and His Court’ four-man softball team against local celebrities. Joe Losch, Little League International’s vice president of operations and corporate secretary, was a special guest.
A new feature at this year’s Senior League World Series was an all-star game between Pool A and Pool B players not participating in the championship game. The Pool A all-stars – from Maine’s host team, Guam, Georgia (U.S. South), and Canada – defeated the Pool B all-stars, from New Jersey, Republic of Georgia, Panama, and Louisiana – 8-7 in a game that had players volunteering to sit out innings so their former opponents could get playing time. A number of players even switched hats with their new teammates on the field.
Here are various action photos from the games of the 2005 Senior League Baseball World Series in Bangor, Maine.