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Japan, Guam, Earn Trips to Williamsport

WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 2, 2003) – Leagues in Guam and Japan will be returning to the Little League Baseball World Series.

Musashi Fuchu Little League of Tokyo defeated a team from Seoul, South Korea, 6-2 in Rota, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI), on Friday to win the Asia Region Tournament. Musashi Fuchu earned a trip to Williamsport in 2000, finishing tied for third place, and is the first Japanese Little League to reach the World Series twice since Wakayama of Osaka, in 1966 and ’68.

Also in Rota on Friday, Central Little League of Agana, Guam, defeated the host CNMI team 12-0 for the Pacific Region title. Central is making its third consecutive trip to the World Series.

Five 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); and Pabao Little League of Willemstad, Curacao, Netherlands Antilles (Caribbean Region).

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 final International Pool berth in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided in Sydney, Nova Scotia, on Aug. 9 at the Canada Region Tournament.

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.

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