Moscow, Russia to Represent Europe, Middle East and Africa Region In 2005 Little League Baseball World SeriesWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 8, 2005) – A team from Moscow, Russia became the sixth to earn a berth in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Europe, Middle East and Africa (EMEA) Region Tournament on Monday in Kutno, Poland.
The Brateevo Little League of Moscow, Russia, defeated Utrecht Little League, from Utrecht, Netherlands, 8-3, in the championship game. Brateevo Little League finished the 11-team tournament, with a 4-0 record.
Teams representing the EMEA Region have never won the Little League Baseball World Series. Russia has had a team qualify for the Little League Baseball World Series in Williamsport, Pa., on three occasions (Khovrino Little League, Moscow, 2001-03). This will be the first year that Brateevo Little League will be represented.
Brateevo Little League joins 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 Thursday in Vilseck, Germany when the Transatlantic Region Tournament is due to end.
The first two region champions from the United States will be decided on Friday when the Southeast Region champion is decided in St. Petersburg, Fla., and the Midwest Region champion is determined in Indianapolis.
The U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN or ESPN2, are: Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., Friday, 7 p.m., ESPN); Midwest (Indianapolis, Friday, 9 p.m., ESPN); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Saturday, 7 p.m., ESPN); Southwest (Waco, Texas, Saturday, 9 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., 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.