Japan, Guam, Netherlands Antilles Win Region Titles, Advance to Little League Baseball World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa.(Aug. 3, 2002)– Teams from Japan, Guam, and the Netherlands Antilles won regional tournaments today to earn berths in the 2002 Little League Baseball World Series.
Sendai Higashi Little League of Sendai, Japan, defeated a team from Seoul, Korea, 6-1, in Manila, Philippines, in the Asia Region Tournament championship game. Guam defeated Saipan, Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands, 6-2, in the final of the Pacific Region Tournament, also in Manila. Pariba Little League of Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles, defeated Adalberto Rodrigues Little League of Cabo Rojo, Puerto Rico, 17-1, for the Caribbean Region championship in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands.
All three teams will play their first Little League Baseball World Series games on Aug. 17. Guam will play at 11 a.m. against the Latin America Region champion. Curaçao will play at 4 p.m. against Monterrey, Mexico, and Japan faces the European champion, from Moscow, Russia, at 6 p.m.
Khovrino Little League of Moscow was the first to earn a berth in the Little League Baseball World Series, winning the Europe Region Tournament July 14 in Kutno, Poland. Monterrey Contry Little League of Monterrey, Mexico, won the Mexico Region Tournament July 28 in Monterrey.
The Little League Baseball World Series for 11-12-year-olds will be played in Williamsport Aug. 16-25. Sixteen teams from around the world will take part.
It will be Sendai Higashi Little League’s first trip to the World Series, and the 14th for a Japanese team. Japan has won five Little League Baseball World Series championships, third behind the U.S. (26) and Chinese Taipei (17). Japan’s Tokyo Kitasuna Little League won the world title last year, defeating Apopka (Fla.) National Little League 2-1. Guam advanced for the first time to the World Series last year. This is the third trip to Williamsport for a team from the Netherlands Antilles.
The other three non-U.S. region finals are: Latin America (Managua, Nicaragua, Sunday); Transatlantic (Kutno, Poland, Aug. 10); and Canada (Lethbridge, Alberta, Canada, Aug. 11).
The U.S. region finals, all of which will be televised live on ESPN2, are: Southeast (St. Petersburg, Fla., Aug. 10, 6 p.m.); Great Lakes (Indianapolis, Aug. 10, 8 p.m.); Midwest (Indianapolis, Aug. 11, 6 p.m.); Southwest (Waco, Texas, Aug. 11, 8 p.m.); New England (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 12, 8 p.m.); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 12, 10 p.m.); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Conn., Aug. 13, 8 p.m.), and West (San Bernardino, Calif., Aug. 13, 10 p.m.). All times are Eastern U.S. time.