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Final Berths to be Determined for Little League World Series

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 12, 2003) – The last two teams to earn berths in the 57th Little League Baseball World Series will be determined tonight, with the Mid-Atlantic and West regional games being televised live on ESPN2.

Tonight at Breen Field, site of the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn., Naamans Little League of Wilmington, Del., plays Lower Perkiomen Little League of Collegeville, Pa., for the Mid-Atlantic title. No Delaware team has ever made it to the Little League Baseball World Series, but Pennsylvania teams have reached the pinnacle of youth sports competition 27 times. The last Pennsylvania team to win the World Series was Levittown American, in 1960.

Following that game at 10, at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif., the final berth will go to either Chandler (Ariz.) National Little League or Vineyard Little League of Rancho Cucamonga, Calif. Arizona teams have reached Williamsport three times, finishing runner-up twice, while California teams have been to the World Series a record 39 times, with five world championships.

The Little League Baseball World Series, for players 11-12 years old, begins on Friday and ends Aug. 24.

On Monday night at Breen Field, Saugus (Mass.) American Little League earned a trip to Williamsport by defeating Augusta (Maine) West Little League, 4-0, behind Mike Scuzzarella’s four-hitter. Massachusetts teams have made it to Williamsport seven times, but none have reached the world title game.

Also on Monday, at Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif., the Northwest title went to Richland (Wash.) National Little League after it defeated Pearl City (Hawaii) Little League, 5-0. Kyle Stumetz pitched a four-hitter for Washington, which has placed teams in the World Series four times.

On Sunday night at Marvin Norcross Stadium at the Little League Baseball Southwest Leadership Training Center in Waco, Texas, Lamar National Little League of Richmond, Texas, defeated Bryant (Ark.) National Little League 5-3 for the Southwest Region title. Lamar is the 14th Texas team to reach the World Series. The last world championship for Texas came in 1966 when Westbury American Little League dominated Lamade Stadium in Williamsport.

In the Midwest Region final at Stokely Field Sunday night at the Ruben F. Glick Little League Center in Indianapolis, North Scott Little League of Eldridge, Iowa, defeated Canyon Lake Little League of Rapid City, S.D., 5-1. Seven Iowa teams have made it to Williamsport previously, but none has reached the championship game. If Canyon Lake wins, it will be the first South Dakota team to make it to the pinnacle of youth sports competition.

The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport beginning on Friday and ending Aug. 24. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.

The other teams that have also earned berths in this year’s Little League Baseball World Series are: East Boynton Beach (Fla.) Little League (Southeast Region); Tallmadge (Ohio) Little League (Great Lakes Region); Olmeca Little League of Mexico City (Mexico Region); Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) Little League (Canada Region); Khovrino Little League of Moscow, Russia (Europe Region); Arabian American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia (Transatlantic Region); Altagracia Little League of Altagracia, Venezuela (Latin America Region); Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles (Caribbean Region); Musashi Fuchu Little League of Tokyo, Japan (Asia Region) and Central Little League of Agana, Guam (Pacific Region).

ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 23, at 7:30 p.m. The world championship game of the Little League Baseball World Series (for 11-12-year-olds) can be seen live on ABC at 6:30 p.m., on Aug. 24. Twelve World Series games will be televised on ESPN and 13 will be televised on ESPN2, bringing the total televised games to a record 27.

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