Whalley Little League From Surrey, British Columbia, Wins Canada Championship, Advances to 2005 Little League Baseball World SeriesWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 13, 2005) – A team from Surrey, British Columbia, became the 10th to earn a berth in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Canada Region championship Saturday in Timmins, Ontario.
Whalley Little League of Surrey, British Columbia, defeated Toronto High Park Little League from Toronto, Ontario, 6-1, to win the championship. Whalley Little League finished the six-team tournament with a 6-1 record. The only loss suffered by the Canada Region champions in regional play was to Toronto High Park Little League, 4-1.
Teams representing Canada have participated in 48 Little League Baseball World Series since 1952, but have never won the championship. The country’s only appearance in the World Series championship game came in 1965 when Windsor Locks, Conn., defeated a team from Stoney Creek, Ontario, 3-1.
Whalley Little League, which has represented Canada at the Little League Baseball World Series on three occasions (1973, ’78 and ’97), joins Davenport Northwest Little League of Davenport, Iowa; Maitland Little League of Maitland, Fla.; Arabian American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Brateevo Little League of Moscow, Russia; Seguro Social Little League of Mexicali, Mexico; Pabao Little League of Curacao; Los Leones Little League of Valencia, Venezuela; Chiba City Little League of Japan; and Central East Little League of Mangilao-Barrigada, Guam, 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 two berths in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided tonight, as the Great Lakes Tournament in Indianapolis, and the Southwest Tournament in Waco, Texas, are scheduled to end.
President of the United States, George W. Bush, the first Little League graduate to be elected President, will throw out the ceremonial first pitch on Marvin Norcross Stadium at the Little League Baseball Southwestern Region Leadership Training Center in Waco, prior to the Southwest Region championship game between Lafayette Little League of Lafayette, La., and Bryant Athletic Little League of Bryant, Ark. ESPN will carry the game live at 9 p.m. Eastern U.S. time.
The remaining U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2, are: Great Lakes (Indianapolis, tonight, 7 p.m., ESPN); New England (Bristol, Conn., Sunday, 3 p.m., ESPN); West (San Bernardino, Calif., Sunday, 10 p.m., ESPN2); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Monday, 7 p.m., ESPN2); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Monday, 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.