Asia and Pacific Region Champions Determined For 2005 Little League Baseball World SeriesWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 28, 2005) – Teams from Chiba City, Japan, and Agana, Guam became the second and third to earn berths in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Asia and Pacific Region Tournaments on Wednesday in Fukuoka, Japan.
The Chiba City Little League, located near Toyko, won the Asia Region championship by way of tie-breaker. Three teams in the five-team regional tournament finished with records of 3-1 in pool play. Chiba City Little League was declared the winner by virtue of a tie-breaker.
The Central East Little League of Agana finished pool play in the five-team tournament with a 4-0 record.
Teams from Japan have won the Little League Baseball World Series six times, the most recent in 2003 when a team from Tokyo defeated East Boynton Beach (Fla.) Little League, 10-1, in the world championship game. Chiba City Little League has never represented the Asia Region in the Little League Baseball World Series. The Pacific Region champion has never played for the Little League Baseball world championship.
Chiba City and Central East Little Leagues join Latin America Region champion Los Leones Little League of Valencia, Venezuela, as participants in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series.
The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport, Aug. 19-28. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.
ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 27, 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. 28. Twenty-seven other World Series games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 for a total of 29 games on national television. Three other games will be televised in ESPN Deportes marking the first time that all 32 games of the Little League Baseball World Series tournament will be on television.
The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided on Saturday in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands, when the Caribbean Region Tournament is due to end.
The U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2, are: Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., Aug. 12, 7 p.m., ESPN); Midwest (Indianapolis, Aug. 12, 9 p.m., ESPN); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Aug. 13, 7 p.m., ESPN); Southwest (Waco, Texas, Aug. 13, 9 p.m., ESPN); New England (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 14, 3 p.m., ESPN); West (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 14, 10 p.m., ESPN2); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 15, 7 p.m., ESPN2); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 15, 9 p.m., ESPN2). All game times are Eastern U.S. time.
Little League Baseball is the largest organized youth sports program in the world, with 2.7 million participants in all 50 states and more than 80 other countries.