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Four More U.S. Teams to Earn Berths Sunday & Monday in Little League World Series

Nova Scotia, Ohio, Florida win Regional Titles

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 10, 2003) – Four more teams will realize a dream tonight and Monday when the Midwest, Southwest, New England and Northwest region champions earn a trip to the 57th Little League Baseball World Series. Both games will be televised live on ESPN2.

Tonight at Marvin Norcross Stadium at the Little League Baseball Southwest Leadership Training Center in Waco, Texas, Bryant (Ark.) National Little League of faces Lamar National Little League of Richmond, Texas, for the right to advance to Williamsport. Game time for the Southwest Region final is 6 p.m.

Arkansas teams have made it to the World Series three times, but none has reached the final game. The last Arkansas team to make it to Williamsport was Burns Park Little League of North Little Rock.

In the Midwest Region final at Stokely Field tonight at the Ruben F. Glick Little League Center in Indianapolis, Canyon Lake Little League of Rapid City, S.D., takes on North Scott Little League of Eldridge, Iowa, at 8 p.m.

Seven Iowa teams have made it to Williamsport, the last being Davenport East Little League, 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.

On Monday night at 8 at Breen Field, site of the A. Bartlett Giamatti Little League Leadership Training Center in Bristol, Conn., Augusta (Maine) West Little League plays Saugus (Mass.) American Little League. Maine teams have been to the Series twice (the last time in 1971), while Massachusetts has earned a trip to Williamsport seven times. Neither state’s Little League teams has ever reached the world title game.

Following that game at 10, from Al Houghton Stadium in San Bernardino, Calif., the Northwest title will go to either Richland (Wash.) National Little League or Pearl City (Hawaii) Little League.

Washington teams have been to Williamsport four times, with Kirkland National winning the world title in 1982. Pearl City was one of eight Hawaiian leagues to make it to the World Series, finishing as the runner-up to Tai Ping Little League of Chinese Taipei in 1988.

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.

Three berths were decided on Saturday. In the Canada Region, at Sydney, Nova Scotia, Glace Bay (Nova Scotia) Little League defeated Moose Jaw (Saskatchewan) Little League 2-0. Brandon Petite pitched a complete-game no-hitter for Glace Bay. Petite also drove in both of his team’s runs with a home run and single.

In the Great Lakes Region final at Indianapolis, Tallmadge (Ohio) Little League defeated Midland (Mich.) Northeast Little League, 7-1, as Ohio’s Nick Thompson pitched a three-hitter. At Arnold S. White, Sr. Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla., site of the Little League Baseball Southern Region Headquarters, East Boynton Beach (Fla.) Little League bested Buckhead Little League of Atlanta, 4-0, behind a no-hitter and grand slam by Michael Broad.

Seven other teams have already earned berths in this year’s Little League Baseball World Series: Olmeca Little League of Mexico City (Mexico 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).
The remaining U.S. region finals, all of which will be televised live on ESPN2, are: Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Tuesday, 8 p.m.), and West (San Bernardino, Calif., Tuesday, 10 p.m.).

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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