Owensboro Southern Little League From Owensboro, Ky., Wins Great Lakes Championship, Returns to Little League Baseball World SeriesWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 13, 2005) – A team from Owensboro, Ky., became the third U.S. region representative, and 11th overall, to earn a berth in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Great Lakes championship on Stokely Field at the Ruben F. Glick Little League Baseball Center, Saturday night in Indianapolis.
Owensboro Southern Little League defeated Limestone Little League from Kankakee, Ill., 11-10, to win the championship game. Owensboro Southern Little League finished the six-team regional tournament with a 6-0 record, and will represent the Great Lakes Region in Williamsport, Pa., for the second consecutive year.
Owensboro Southern Little League built a commanding 8-2 lead with a seven-run fourth inning, highlighted by a pinch-hit solo home run by Zach Brett, a two-run homer by Matt Johnson, who was 3-for-4, with four runs batted in, and a two-run single by Michael Jewell.
Trailing 11-4 entering the bottom of the sixth inning, Limestone Little League rallied for six runs, highlighted by a solo home run by Max Hana, a two-run double by Jordan Ruckman, and run-scoring singles by Matthew Webber and Wesley Sproul. Limestone Little League recorded 13 of its 14 hits in the last three innings.
Teams from Kentucky have participated in the Little League Baseball World Series four times, and won the World Series Championship on one occasion when a team representing Valley Sports American Little League from Louisville defeated Sendai Higashi Little League of Sendai, Japan, 1-0, in the 2002 world championship game.
Owensboro Southern Little Leagues joins Whalley Little League of Surrey, British Columbia, Canada; 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.
President George W. Bush, the first Little League graduate to be elected President of the United States, threw out the ceremonial first pitch on Marvin Norcross Stadium at the Little League Baseball Southwestern Region Leadership Training Center in Waco, Texas on Saturday night. The visit by President Bush, First Lady Laura Bush and Secretary of State Condelessa Rice preceded the Southwest Region championship game won by Lafayette Little League of Lafayette, La., 4-0, over Bryant Athletic Little League of Bryant, Ark.
The next berths in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided on Sunday, as the New England Tournament in Bristol, Conn., and the West Region Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif., are scheduled to end.
The remaining U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2, are: 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.