Mexico Region Champion Determined for 2005 Little League Baseball World SeriesWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 2, 2005) – A team from Mexicali became the fifth to earn a berth in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Mexico Region Tournament on Tuesday in Reynosa, Mexico.
The Seguro Social Little League of Mexicali defeated Olmeca Little League, from Mexico City, 5-2, in the championship game. Seguro Social finished the 12-team, two-phase regional tournament with an 8-2 record.
Teams from Mexico have won the Little League Baseball World Series three times, the most recent in 1997 when a team from Linda Vista Little League from Guadalupe defeated South Mission Viejo (Calif.) Little League, 5-4, in the world championship game.
Seguro Social Little League joins Pabao Little League of Curacao, Los Leones Little League of Valencia, Venezuela, Chiba City Little League of Japan, and Central East Little League of Agana, 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 berth in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided Aug. 10 in Kutno, Poland when the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) 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.