Poland Sends First Team to Little League Baseball World Series
The Kutno Little League defeated Vilnius Little League, from Lithuania, 7-0, in the championship game. Kutno Little League finished the 11-team tournament with a 6-0 record, outscoring its opponents, 79-10.
Lithuania was also vying for its first trip to the Little League Baseball World Series. The Vilnius Little League finished the EMEA tournament as runner-up with a 5-2 record. Both of its losses came against Poland.
Kutno is the site of the Little League European Leadership Training Center. There are more than 40 chartered Little League programs in Poland.
Kutno Little League joins Curundu Little League of Panama City Panama, Shou Tien Little League from Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei, Saipan Little League from Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles, and Linda Vista Little League of Guadalupe, Mexico, as a participant in the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series. 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 team to earn a berth in the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series will come from the Southeast Region Tournament in St. Petersburg, Fla. That tournament is due to end on Saturday and will determine the first of eight U.S. region champions.
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 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 70 other countries.