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 > Little League Online > Media > Little League News Archive > 2004 > North Carolina’s Morganton Little League is First U.S. Team To Qualify for 2004 Little League Baseball World Series

North Carolina’s Morganton Little League is First U.S. Team To Qualify for 2004 Little League Baseball World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 7, 2004) – A team from Morganton, N.C., is the first U.S. regional champion, and became the seventh to earn a berth in the 2004 Little League Baseball World Series by winning the Southeast Region Tournament on Saturday night in St. Petersburg, Fla.

The Morganton Little League defeated Columbus Northern Little League, from Columbus, Ga., 7-4, in the championship game on the strength of four home runs. Morganton’s Eli Lawson hit two home runs and was the winning pitcher. Morganton Little League finished the eight-team tournament with a 5-0 record, while Columbus Northern Little League ended its tournament with a 3-2 record.

Teams from North Carolina have qualified for the Little League Baseball World Series four times, the most recent in 2002 when Southwest Forsyth Little League from Clemmons won the Southeast Region championship. A team from North Carolina has never played in the Little League Baseball World Series championship game.

Other teams that have already qualified are: 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 Sunday in Indianapolis when the Midwest Region Tournament is due to end.

The remaining U.S. region finals, all of which will be televised live on ESPN2, are: Midwest (Indianapolis, Sunday, 7 p.m.); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Monday, 8 p.m.); Southwest (Waco, Texas, Tuesday, 8 p.m.); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Wednesday, 8 p.m.); West (San Bernardino, Calif., Thursday, 8 p.m.); New England (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 14, 8 p.m.); and Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 15, 5 p.m.). All times are Eastern U.S. time.

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