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First Team Determined for 2004 Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. – A team from Guadalupe, Mexico, became the first to earn a berth in the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Mexico Region Tournament on Monday in Monterrey, Mexico.

The Linda Vista Little League of Guadalupe, Nuevo Leon, defeated Mala Torres Little League, also from Guadalupe, 4-0, in the championship game. Linda Vista finished the 12-team tournament with a 9-3 record.

Teams from Mexico have won the Little League Baseball World Series three times, the most recent in 1997 when a team from Linda Vista defeated South Mission Viejo (Calif.) Little League, 5-4, in the world championship game.

The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport, Aug. 20-29. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.

ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 28, at 7:30 p.m. The world championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series can be seen live on ABC at 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 29. Twenty-five other World Series games will be televised on ESPN or ESPN2 for a total of 27 games on national television.

The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided July 24 in Oranjestaad, Aruba, when the Caribbean Region Tournament is due to end.

The U.S. region finals, all of which will be televised live on ESPN2, are: Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., Aug. 7, 7 p.m.); Midwest (Indianapolis, Aug. 8, 7 p.m.); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Aug. 9, 8 p.m.); Southwest (Waco, Texas, Aug. 10, 8 p.m.); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 11, 8 p.m.); West (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 12, 8 p.m.); New England (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 14, 8 p.m.); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 15, 5 p.m.). All times are Eastern U.S. time.

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