North Carolina, Kentucky and Saudi Arabia Earn Berths in World Series
WILLIAMSPORT, Pa. (Aug. 10, 2002) – Two states with a total of four Little League Baseball World Series appearances in the in the past half-century have earned berths in this year’s annual classic.
Southwest Forsythe Little League of Clemmons, N.C., defeated Bridgewater (Va.) Little League, 4-2, at Arnold S. White, Sr. Stadium in St. Petersburg, Fla., in the Southeast Region final tonight. Clemmons scored all four of its runs in the top of the sixth inning, led by Chad Gentry’s two-run single, with RBI singles by Chris Sanders and Scott Riggsbee.
In tonight’s other regional final, Valley Sports Little League of Louisville, Ky., defeated Brownsburg (Ind.) Little League, 8-1, behind the four-hit, 14-strikeout pitching of Aaron Alvey. The Great Lakes Region championship game was played on Stokely Field at the Ruben F. Glick Little League Center in Indianapolis.
Both games were televised live nationally on ESPN2.
North Carolina teams advanced to the Little League Baseball World Series in 1952 (Morresville) and 1998 (Greenville). Two Kentucky teams, both from Lexington, have reached the series (1971, ’78).
Arabian American Little League of Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, defeated a team from Belgium in the final game of the Transatlantic Region Tournament in Kutno, Poland, on Friday. The Saudi team is composed mainly of the children of U.S. citizens working for oil companies. Saudi Arabia finished the Transatlantic Regional undefeated, giving up only six runs in five games.
North Carolina’s first game in the Little League Baseball World Series is on Aug. 17 at 2 p.m. against the Mid-Atlantic champion. Kentucky starts out at noon on Aug. 17 against the West Region champion. Saudi Arabia’s first opponent is the Canada Region champion, on Friday at 5:30 p.m.
Other leagues to earn berths so far are from: Valencia, Venezuela (Latin America Region); Sendai, Japan (Asia Region); Curaçao, Netherlands Antilles (Caribbean Region); Monterrey, Mexico (Mexico Region); and Moscow, Russia (Europe Region). The 56th Little League Baseball World Series will be played in Williamsport Aug. 16-25.
The balance of the U.S. region finals, all televised live on ESPN2, are: Midwest (Indianapolis, Sunday, 6 p.m.); Southwest (Waco, Texas, Sunday, 8 p.m.); New England (Bristol, Conn., Monday, 8 p.m.); Northwest (San Bernardino, Calif., Monday, 10 p.m.); Mid-Atlantic (Bristol, Tuesday, 8 p.m.), and West (San Bernardino, Tuesday, 10 p.m.). All times are Eastern U.S. time. One non-U.S. region final remains – the Canada Region Championship in Lethbridge, Alberta, on Sunday.
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 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.
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. The Little League Baseball World Series is the culmination of the world’s largest elimination tournament, with more than 16,000 games played over a six-week period on six continents.