Rancho Buena Vista Little League From Vista, Calif., Wins West Region Championship, Advances to 2005 Little League Baseball World SeriesWILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 14, 2005) – A team from Vista, Calif., became the sixth U.S. region representative, and 14th overall, to earn a berth in the 2005 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the West Region championship Sunday night, at Al Houghton Stadium on the Little League Baseball Western Region Headquarters complex, in San Bernardino, Calif.
Rancho Buena Vista Little League defeated Tracy National Little League from Tracy, Calif., 7-2, to win the championship game. Rancho Buena Vista Little League finished the six-team regional tournament with a 6-0 record, and will represent the West Region in Williamsport, Pa.
Teams in the West Region tournament combined for 94 home runs, shattering the previous tournament record of 64. Rancho Buena Vista Little League hit 15 home runs in six regional games, including three in the championship game, and outscored its opposition, 63-8.
Alex Flores put Tracy National Little League, representing Northern Calif., up 2-0 in the top of the second inning, with a two-run home run off of eventual winning pitcher Nathan Lewis. Lewis would settle down to throw a three-hitter with nine strikeouts.
Rancho Buena Vista Little League, representing Southern, Calif., was kept off the scoreboard for the first three innings by Tracy National Little League’s starting pitcher Kyle Moses. In the fourth inning, Reed Reznicek tied the game with a two-run home run. Rancho Buena Vista Little League took the lead in the fifth inning with five runs, highlighted by Reznicek’s second home run – a grand slam – and a solo homer by Dan Gibney.
Teams from California have participated in the Little League Baseball World Series 40 times, and won the World Series championship on five occasions. The most recent World Series title won by a team from California was in 1993, when a team from Long Beach defeated Chiriqui Little League of Panama, 3-2, in the world championship game. California has won the United States championship 15 times, including 2004, when Conejo Valley Little League of Thousand Oaks was defeated by Pabao Little League of Curacao, 5-2.
Rancho Buena Vista Little League joins 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 two berths in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided Monday, as the Mid-Atlantic Tournament in Bristol, Conn., and the Northwest Tournament in San Bernardino, Calif., are scheduled to end.
The remaining U.S. region finals, which will be televised live on ESPN2, are: 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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