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Lincoln Little League of Rhode Island Wins Pitcher’s Duel To Advance to 2004 Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 14, 2004) – Alex Kay pitched a three-hit shutout with nine strikeouts, and no walks as Lincoln, Little League from Lincoln, R.I., won the New England Region Tournament, 3-0, over Portsmouth Little League of Portsmouth, N.H., Saturday at the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Baseball Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn..

On Breen Field, Kay bettered the effort of Portsmouth pitcher Gabe May, who scattered five hits, struck out eight, and walked one in six innings. May’s only mistake came in the first inning as Lincoln Little League’s Jeremy Rhault led off with a single to right field, and Chris Costantino followed with a two-run home run to center.

The New England Region champions added their third run in the sixth inning, as Rhault led off with a single, and pinch-runner Damon Divozzi later scored on single to center by Nathan Duquette.

In its final at-bat, Portsmouth loaded the bases with two outs, but Kay got May to ground into a force play at home plate to end the game. Lincoln finished the tournament with a 5-1 record, while Portsmouth posted a 4-2 record with two shutout losses coming to Lincoln.

Rhode Island has been represented in the Little League Baseball World Series five times with Lincoln Little League being the most recent entry in 2001. That year, Lincoln Little League went 0-3 in the World Series tournament. Rhode Island has played in the Little League World Series championship game on one occasion, as Western Little League from Cranston, was defeated by Fu-Hsing Little League of Kaohsuing, Chinese Taipei, 13-3, in 1996.

Fourteen other teams have already qualified for the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series. They are: East Nepean Little League of Ottawa, Ontario, Canada; Arabian American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia; Conejo Valley East Little League of Thousand Oaks, Calif.; Redmond North Little League of Redmond, Wash.; Lamar National Little League of Richmond, Texas; Owensboro Southern Little League of Owensboro, Ky.; Davenport Northwest Little League of Davenport, Iowa; Morganton Little League of 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.

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 final berth in the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series will be decided on Sunday in Bristol, Conn., when South Caroline Little League of Preston, Md., plays Deep Run Valley Little League of Hilltown, Pa., for the Mid-Atlantic Region Tournament championship at 5 p.m. on ESPN2.

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