Davenport Northwest Little League of Davenport, Iowa Qualifies for 2004 Little League Baseball World SeriesLittle
Davenport Northwest Little League overcame a 4-1 deficit to defeat Robbinsdale Little League, from Robbinsdale, Minn., 5-4, in the championship game. Davenport Northwest starting pitcher Trevor Kenyon threw a complete game with eight strikeouts, and scored the winning run in the bottom of the fifth inning. The Midwest Region champions finished the six-team tournament with a 5-1 record. Their one loss was to Minnesota in the first game of the regional tournament.
In seven trips to the Little League Baseball World Series, an Iowa team has never played for the World Series championship. This is the first time Davenport Northwest has reached the Little League Baseball World Series. The city of Davenport has been represented four times, most recently in 2001.
Other teams that have already qualified are: Morganton Little League, Morganton, N.C.; Kutno Little League of Kutno, Poland; Curundu Little League of Panama City, Panama; Shou Tien Little League of Kaohsiung, Chinese Taipei; Saipan Little League of Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands; Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles; and Linda Vista Little League of Guadalupe, Mexico.
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 Monday in Indianapolis when the Great Lakes Region Tournament is due to end.
The remaining U.S. region finals are: Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Monday, ESPN, 8 p.m.); Southwest (Waco, Texas, Tuesday, ESPN2, 8 p.m.); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Wednesday, ESPN2, 8 p.m.); West (San Bernardino, Calif., Thursday, ESPN2, 8 p.m.); New England (Bristol, Conn., Saturday, ESPN, 8 p.m.); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 15, ESPN2, 5 p.m.). All 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.