Monterrey, Mexico is Second Team to Earn Berth in Little League Baseball World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (July 29, 2002) – A team from Monterrey, Mexico, has become the second to earn a berth in the 2002 Little League Baseball World Series.
Liga Pequeña Contry de Monterrey (Monterrey Contry Little League) defeated Niños Heroes (Heroic Children) Little League of Reynoso, 6-3, in the Mexico National Championship today in Monterrey. Mexico’s first game in the Little League Baseball World Series will be Aug. 17 at 4 p.m. against the Caribbean champion.
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.
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 Contry de Monterrey’s first trip to the World Series, but the tenth for a Monterrey-area league. The last Mexico team to win the Little League Baseball World Series was Linda Vista Little League of Guadalupe, in 1997.
ABC will televise the Little League Baseball World Series U.S. championship game on Aug. 24, 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. 25. Eleven World Series games will be televised on ESPN and seven games will be televised on ESPN2, bringing the total televised games to a record 20.
The next berth in the Little League Baseball World Series will be decided Aug. 3 when the Asia and Pacific region finals are played in Manila, Philippines, and the Caribbean Region final is played in St. Croix, U.S. Virgin Islands. The other three non-U.S. region finals are: Latin America (Managua, Nicaragua, Aug. 4); 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.
Little League Baseball is the largest organized youth sports program in the world, with nearly 3 million participants in all 50 states and 104 other countries.
Note: The word “Contry” in this story refers to a specific area of Monterrey. It is spelled correctly.