First Three Teams Determined for Little League Baseball World Series
>WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 24, 2003) – Teams from Mexico City, Moscow and Dhahran, Saudi Arabia have earned berths in the 2003 Little League Baseball World Series.
>The Olmeca Little League of Mexico City defeated Sector Pesca Little League of Guaymos, 3-2, in the championship game of the Mexico Region Tournament on Sunday in Hermosillo. Olmeca won despite two losses in pool play, including a 13-2 setback against Sector Pesca. Olmeca is the first team from the Western Hemisphere’s most populous city to reach the Little League Baseball World Series.
>On Tuesday, Khovrino Little League of Moscow defeated Rotterdam (Netherlands) Little League, 18-0 in the championship game of the Europe Region Tournament at Ed Piszek Stadium in Kutno, Poland, site of the Little League European Leadership Training Center. This is Khovrino Little League’s third trip to the Little League Baseball World Series in as many years.
>On Wednesday in Kutno, Arabian American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, defeated Ramstein (Germany) Little League, 8-0, in the final game of the Transatlantic Region Tournament. The Saudi team is composed mainly of the children of U.S. citizens employed by oil companies. Arabian American outscored its opponents by a combined score of 87-7 in eight games.
>The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport Aug. 15-24. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.
>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.
>The next berths in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided Saturday in Mayaguez, Puerto Rico, when the Latin America and Caribbean regional finals are played. The other three non-U.S. region finals are: Pacific (Rota Island, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, Aug. 1); Asia (Rota Island, Aug. 4); and Canada (Sydney, Nova Scotia, Aug. 9).
>The U.S. region finals, all of which will be televised live on ESPN2, are: Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., Aug. 9, 6 p.m.); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Aug. 9, 8 p.m.); Midwest (Indianapolis, Aug. 10, 6 p.m.); Southwest (Waco, Texas, Aug. 10, 8 p.m.); New England (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 11, 8 p.m.); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 11, 10 p.m.); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 12, 8 p.m.), and West (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 12, 10 p.m.). All times are Eastern U.S. time.
>Little League Baseball is the largest organized youth sports program in the world, with 2.8 million participants in all 50 states and 104 other countries.