Council Rock Newtown Little League From Newtown, Pa., Wins Mid-Atlantic Championship, Advances to 2005 Little League Baseball World SeriesWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 15, 2005) – A team from Newtown, Pa., became the seventh U.S. region representative, and 15th overall, to earn a berth in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Mid-Atlantic Region championship Monday night, on Breen Field at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Baseball Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn.
Council Rock Newtown Little League defeated Toms River American Little League from Toms River, N.J., 4-3, to win the championship game. Council Rock Newtown Little League finished the five-team regional tournament with a 6-0 record, and will represent the Mid-Atlantic Region in Williamsport, Pa.
The Pennsylvania state champions qualified for the 59th Little League Baseball World Series by scoring two runs in the fourth and fifth innings to overcome two solo home runs by Toms River American Little League’s Kyle Perry, the losing pitcher. Darren Lauer was the winning pitcher in relief of starter Keith Terry. The Council Rock Newtown Little League pitchers combined to strike out nine, and allow seven hits.
Benn Parker had the key hit for Council Rock Newtown Little League, a two-run single to right field with the bases load in the bottom of the fifth inning. The victory was Newtown’s second, 4-3, win over Toms River American Little League in the regional tournament.
Council Rock Newtown Little League’s victory marks the first Mid-Atlantic championship for the state of Pennsylvania since Pottsville’s Railway Park Little League made the trip to Williamsport in 1997.
Teams from Pennsylvania have participated in the Little League Baseball World Series 19 times, and won the World Series championship on four occasions. The most recent World Series title won by a team from Pennsylvania was in 1960, when a team from Levittown defeated North East Optomist Little League of Fort Worth, Texas, 5-0, in the world championship game.
Council Rock Newtown Little League joins Rancho Buena Vista Little League of Vista, Calif.; Westbrook Little League of Westbrook, Maine; Lafayette Little League of Lafayette La.; Owensboro Southern Little League of Owensboro, Ky.; 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.
The final berth in the Little League Baseball World Series was also decided on Monday, as West Oahu Little League of Ewa Beach, Hawaii, defeated Northwest Ada Little League of Boise, Idaho, 12-1, to win the Northwest Tournament at Al Houghton Stadium on the Little League Baseball Western Region Headquarters complex in San Bernardino, Calif.
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.