Westbrook Little League From Westbrook, Maine, Wins New England Championship, Advances to 2005 Little League Baseball World SeriesWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 14, 2005) – A team from Westbrook, Maine, became the fifth U.S. region representative, and 13th overall, to earn a berth in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the New England championship on Breen Field at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Baseball Leadership Center, Sunday afternoon in Bristol, Conn.
Westbrook Little League defeated Cranston Western Little League from Cranston, R.I., 7-2, to win the championship game. Westbrook Little League finished the six-team regional tournament with a 3-3 record, and will represent the New England Region in Williamsport, Pa., after starting the regional tournament with losses in three of its first four games.
Nick Finocchiaro was the winning pitcher for Westbrook Little League, allowing three hits and striking out nine. Mike Boothby keyed the New England champions offensively, hitting a three-run home run off of losing pitcher Chris Di Stefano as part of a five-run third inning. Di Stefano struck out nine, and scattered seven hits.
Westbrook Little League entered the game having scored 13 runs and had allowed 13 runs in five regional games. West Cranston Little League had outscored its opponents, 36-21, but was shut out by Westbrook Little League earlier in the regional tournament.
Teams from Maine have participated in the Little League Baseball World Series on two occasions (1951, ’71). Maine’s representative failed to reach the World Series championship game in either appearance. Westbrook Little League will represent Maine in the Little League Baseball World Series for the first time in 34 years.
Westbrook Little League joins 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 next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided on tonight, as the West Region in San Bernardino, Calif., is scheduled to end.
The remaining U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN2, are: West (San Bernardino, Calif., Sunday, 10 p.m.); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Monday, 7 p.m.); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Monday, 9 p.m). All game times are Eastern U.S. time.
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