Davenport Northwest Little League From Davenport, Iowa, Wins Midwest Championship, Returns to 2005 Little League Baseball World SeriesWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 12, 2005) – A team from Davenport, Iowa, became the second U.S. region representative, and ninth overall, to earn a berth in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Midwest championship on Stokely Field at the Ruben F. Glick Little League Baseball Center, Friday night in Indianapolis.
Davenport Northwest Little League defeated Centennial Lakes East Little League from Circle Pines, Minn., 6-4, to win the championship game. Davenport Northwest Little League finished the six-team regional tournament with a 6-0 record, and will represent the Midwest Region in Williamsport, Pa., for the second consecutive year.
Brody Grothus went 2-for-2, with a home run and three runs scored in support of Davenport Northwest Little League pitcher Ryan Shumaker, who threw a three-hitter with 12 strikeouts. For Centennial Lakes East Little League, pitcher Jake Lynn struck out 13 and allowed five hits, including two home runs.
Davenport Northwest Little League went ahead 4-0 after two innings, as Grothus hit a solo home run and Austin Smith hit a two-run homer. The eventual Midwest champions, who defeated Centennial Lakes earlier in the regional tournament, 12-8, added two runs in the fifth inning as Grothus scored on a wild pitch and Carl Franklin drove in a run with a sacrifice fly.
Teams representing the Midwest Region have never played in the Little League Baseball World Series championship game. Davenport Northwest Little League is the ninth Iowa state champion to advance to the Little League Baseball World Series. This is the fifth time a team from the city of Davenport has qualified for the World Series.
Davenport Northwest Little League joins 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 three berths in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided on Saturday, as the Canada Tournament in Timmins, Ontario, the Great Lakes Tournament in Indianapolis, and the Southwest Tournament in Waco, Texas, are scheduled to end.
President George W. Bush, the first Little League graduate to be elected President of the United States, 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, Saturday, 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.